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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)
— biography from A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Belmont Plantation, Virginia 1859 (Dear America Series)
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Flossie and the Fox 1,476 copies, 28 reviews
Goin' Someplace Special 1,079 copies, 77 reviews
Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? 905 copies, 10 reviews
Nzingha, Warrior Queen of Matamba 797 copies, 9 reviews
Mirandy and Brother Wind 769 copies, 34 reviews
A Friendship for Today 615 copies, 12 reviews
Run Away Home 489 copies, 2 reviews
Tippy Lemmey 451 copies, 4 reviews
The Honest-to-Goodness Truth 360 copies, 15 reviews
The Clone Codes 358 copies, 20 reviews
A Million Fish...More or Less 348 copies, 6 reviews
Monkey-Monkey's Trick 332 copies, 1 review
Bugs! (Rookie Readers) 285 copies, 1 review
Messy Bessey 229 copies
Ma Dear's Aprons 170 copies, 7 reviews
The World in 1492 168 copies, 1 review
Away West (Scraps of Time) 151 copies, 3 reviews
Porch Lies 130 copies, 6 reviews
What Is Given from the Heart (Author) 130 copies, 18 reviews
Precious and the Boo Hag 129 copies, 16 reviews
Nettie Jo's Friends 103 copies, 5 reviews
Messy Bessey's Closet 82 copies, 2 reviews
All Paths Lead to Bethlehem 81 copies, 1 review
The Aztec (New True Books) 57 copies, 1 review
The Clone Codes #2: Cyborg 44 copies, 1 review
Who Is Who? 28 copies
Ol' Clip-Clop: A Ghost Story 27 copies, 3 reviews
Who Will Bell the Cat? 23 copies, 1 review
Where Crocodiles Have Wings 23 copies, 1 review
Can You Imagine? 21 copies, 3 reviews
Ask the Kids 3 copies

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