A Celebration of Literature for Children and Young Adults
Calgary Convention Centre ~ October 3-5, 1996 ~ Calgary, Alberta

Frederick and Patricia McKissack

Although Patricia and Frederick McKissack grew up knowing each other as teenagers, it was not until they had both graduated from Tennessee State University that romance blossomed and they were married. Patricia's degree was in English after which she started working as a teacher, while Frederick's was in Civil Engineering. He followed his own profession for ten years. Their first book together was published in 1984 and since then they have continued to work to make history come alive for children, and to inform a wide audience of the contributions made to civilization by Africans and African Americans.

They have collaborated on many books as well as writing individually, and were jointly awarded the Coretta Scott King Award in 1990 for A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter, and again in 1993 for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?.

When they are not writing, this husband-and-wife team like to work in their garden in St. Louis, Missouri.

Kaleidoscope 6 Presenters
Wednesday, July 17, 1996
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