Patricia C. "Pat" McKissack was a prolific African American children's writer. She was the author of over 100 books, including Dear America books A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl; Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North; and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She also wrote a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Notable standalone works include Flossie & the Fox, The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, and Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. What is Given from the Heart was published posthumously in 2019. McKissack lived in St. Louis. In addition to her solo work, McKissack co-wrote many books with her husband, Fredrick, with whom she also co-won the Regina Medal in 1998. Fredrick died in April 2013 at the age of 73.
|Born:||Patricia L'Ann Carwell, August 9, 1944, Smyrna, Tennessee|
|Died:||April 7, 2017, Bridgeton, Missouri|
|Genre:||Children's literature, Biography, Historical fiction, Folktale|
About Patricia McKissack
Known best for her contributions to the Dear America historical fiction series, she also penned an installment of Scholastic Press's Royal Diaries series. Between 1990 and 1995, she received three Coretta Scott King Awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Newbery Medal.
Patricia McKissack Before Fame
After attending Tennessee State University, she briefly worked as a high school teacher and went on to publish a 1984 biography of her favorite poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar.
Achievement of Patricia McKissack
She penned several personal childhood memoirs, including The Dark Thirty and Someplace Special.
Patricia McKissack Family Life
Her husband, United States Marine-turned-U.S. Army engineer Frederick McKissack, collaborated with her on a youth-geared series of biographies of prominent African-Americans.
Associations of Patricia McKissack
In 2002, she published a biography of acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.
Information related to Patricia McKissack
- Webster University alumni
- Tennessee State University alumni
- Writers from Tennessee
- Newbery Honor winners
- Writers from St. Louis