Katherine Paterson

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Children's Author
Date of Birth October 31, 1932
Place of Birth Huai'an, China
Age 88 years old
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Katherine Paterson

Katherine Womeldorf Paterson is a Chinese-born American writer best known for children's novels, including Bridge to Terabithia. For four different books published 1975-1980, she won two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She is one of three people to win the two major international awards; for "lasting contribution to children's literature" she won the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing in 1998 and for her career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense" she won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2006, the biggest monetary prize in children's literature. Also for her body of work she was awarded the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature in 2007 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association in 2013. She was the second U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, serving 2010 and 2011.

Born: Katherine Womeldorf, October 31, 1932, Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: Chinese-American
Period: 1973–present
Genre: Children's and young- novels
Notable works: The Master Puppeteer, Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, The Day of the Pelican
Notable awards: National Book Award, 1977, 1979, Newbery Medal, 1977, 1981, Hans Christian Andersen Award, 1998, Astrid Lindgren Award, 2006, NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature, 2007, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, 2013
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About Katherine Paterson

Writer of Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, The Master Puppeteer, and other acclaimed works of children's literature.

Before Fame

Her debut work of children's fiction, The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, appeared in the mid-1970s.


She received numerous literary honors, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the Newbery Medal, and the National Book Award.

Family Life

She was born in China to American missionary parents, and she grew up speaking Chinese as her first language. She later settled in Vermont with her Presbyterian minister husband.


She was the 2013 recipient of the American Library Association's prestigious Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal.

Information related to Katherine Paterson

  • Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winners
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal winners
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary alumni
  • Writers from Huai'an
  • Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing winners
  • National Book Award for Young People's Literature winners
  • Newbery Medal winners
  • Newbery Honor winners
  • American writers of young adult literature
  • Women writers of young adult literature
  • American Christian missionaries
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Latest information about Katherine Paterson updated on January 23, 2021.