Vermont Reads 2018Bread and Roses, Too
About Katherine Paterson
Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book and the recipient of a Christopher Award. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, and the NSK Neustadt Award in 2007. In 2000 the Library of Congress named her a Living Legend.
Paterson is a vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and is a member of the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is also an honorary lifetime member of the International Board of Books for Young People She served as the 2010-2011 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. In 2001 she received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Vermont where she has lived for nearly thirty years. She currently lives in Montpelier with her faithful dog, Pixie.
Selected articles about Katherine and the book:
- New York Times Sunday Book Review of Bread and Roses, Too by Stephanie Deutsch, September 10, 2006.
- “New Envoy’s Old Advice for Children: Read More” by Motoko Richjan, New York Times, January 4, 2010.
- “A safe way to talk about hard topics: Children’s author Katherine Paterson” by Joyce Marcel, June 14, 2017. This recent feature article in Vermont Business Magazine provides thorough biographical information and quotations regarding Katherine’s philosophy on writing and her belief about the importance of children’s literature.