Patricia McKissack

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Birthday
9, 1944
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Apr 7, 2017 (72)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
9, 1944
Birthplace
Tennessee
Death Date
Apr 7, 2017 (72)

About

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. 

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.

Trivia

She penned several personal childhood memoirs, including The Dark Thirty and Someplace Special.

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.

Associated With

In 2002, she published a biography of acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.