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Can you imagine?
McKissack, Pat, 1944-2017.
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Publication Information:
Katonah, N.Y. : Richard C. Owen, [1997]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations (some color), color map ; 24 cm.
The author of the Newbery Honor Book, "The Dark Thirty, " describes her life, how she became a writer, how her family helps with her writing, and how she gets her ideas.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 3.9 0.5 32292.
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PS3563.C38323 Z464 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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The author of the Newbery Honor Book, "The Dark Thirty," describes her life, how she became a writer, how her family helps with her writing, and how she gets her ideas.

Author Notes

Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. In these two intriguing, autobiographical books from the excellent Meet the Author series, McKissack and Pringle introduce themselves and their books. McKissack stresses the importance of imagination as she describes her childhood, education, family life, and vocation as a writer in Can You Imagine? In Nature! Wild and Wonderful, Pringle explains that his early observations of wildlife led to his study of nature and his writing career and that (even after publishing more than 80 books) he still strives to grow as a writer. The quality of the photographs could not be ascertained from the review galleys, but other books in the series are notable for the high standard in quality and reproduction of the illustrations. --Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4‘Three authors invite readers into their homes and workplaces, introduce their families and pets, and even offer a look through their family albums. In first-person narratives, they confide childhood dreams and fears and remember their early sources of inspiration. Their revelations are delightful: Asch pays homage to his boyhood hero, Roy Rogers, and shares a wonderful picture of himself with Roy in later years; McKissack describes listening as a child to storytellers in her own family and later telling her own stories to school classes; Pringle shows a journal of bird life with pictures he drew over 40 years ago. Each voice is different and individual personalities come through. The format is ideal for the intended audience, with plenty of white space between lines, wide margins, and appropriate vocabulary. Excellent, recent, full-color photos and/or old black-and-white pictures appear on every page. These autobiographies will entertain and inspire young readers.‘Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.