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Title: Katherine Paterson, Children's Novelist

Katherine Paterson, Children's Novelist
By Jacquelyn Olson
  • Upon completion of this unit,
  • the student should be able to
  • Summarize Katherine Patersons life experiences.
  • Discuss the type of literature the author writes.
  • Compare and contrast Katherine Patersons style
    with other contemporary children's authors.

Discussion Questions
  • What entices you, the reader, to want to read a
    particular book?
  • What makes you want to continue reading that book
    until you reach its conclusion?

Biographical Information
  • Katherine Paterson was born in China on October
    31, 1932.
  • Spent the first five years of her life in China
    before returning to the United States when World
    War II began.
  • Briefly returned to China a year later, but
    evacuated again, never to return to live.
  • Studied English and American literature at King
    College in Bristol, Tennessee. She graduated in
  • Taught for one year in a rural school in Northern
  • Earned a Masters degree in Bible and Christian
    Education in 1957.
  • Moved to Japan for four years to live and work.

  • Upon her return to the United States, she met
    Reverend John Paterson. They married in 1962,
    and moved to Takoma Park, Maryland.
  • The couple have four children, and seven
  • The Patersons currently live in Barre, Vermont.

Novels Include
Awards Include Newbery Awards 1978 Bridge to
Terabithia 1981 Jacob Have I loved Newbery Honor
Award 1979 The Great Gilly Hopkins National
Book Awards 1979 The Great Gilly Hopkins 1977
The Master Puppeteer ALA Notable Children's Book
Awards Hans Christian Anderson Award
  • Bread and Roses, Too
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Come Sing, Jimmy Jo
  • The Field of Dogs
  • Flip-Flop Girl
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins
  • Jacob Have I loved
  • Jip, His Story
  • Lyddie
  • The Master Puppeteer
  • Of Nightingales That Weep
  • Parks Quest
  • Preachers Boy
  • Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom
  • The Same Stuff as Stars
  • Sign of the Chrysanthemum

Current Affiliations
  • Currently on the ruling board for her church.
  • Member of the United States Board of Books for
    Young People (USBBY), the U.S. section of the
    International Board of Books for Young People.
    This organization tries to ensure that children
    everywhere experience the joys of reading.
  • Board member of the National Childrens Book and
    Literacy Alliance which is a non-profit
    organization that advocates for literacy,
    literature and libraries.

Interview with Katherine Paterson
  • What award(s) affected your mission in writing
    childrens books the greatest?
  • Do you feel a personal connection to any of your
    books? Which ones?

Memorable Quotes
  • Best advise to young writers? Read, because
    thats the way you learn how the language works.
    Thats the way you learn about emotion, on paper.
    Thats where you find out how stories are
    fastened, by reading, and reading and reading.
  • The best books are not just about problems.
    Theyre about a childs heart.
  • Characters as role models? I think of them as
    people in circumstances of difficulty. And that
    makes some people stronger and some people

  • Discussion Questions
  • What intrigues you about Katherine Patersons
  • Do you feel an interest in reading her books?
  • Which ones?
  • How do the themes in her books compare with other
    contemporary writers?

  • "Interview with Katherine Paterson." Reading
    Rockets. 2008. Reading Rockets. 10 Mar 2009
  • "Katherine Paterson." Wikipedia. 2009. 10 Mar
    2009 lt'http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Pate
  • " Life and Times of Katherine Paterson." Reading
    Rockets. 2008. 10 Mar 2009 lthttp//www.readingrock
  • Terabithia.com. 2009. Katherine Paterson. 20 Mar
    2009 lthttp//www.terabithia.com/gt.
  • Transcript Interview with Katherine Paterson."
    Reading Rockets. 2008. Reading Rockets. 10 Mar
    2009 lthttp//www.readingrockets.org/books/intervie
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