Patricia C. McKissack Tribute | Webster University

Patricia C. McKissack Tribute

 

Patricia C McKissack

Patricia L'Ann Carwell "Pat" McKissack (August 9, 1944 – April 7, 2017) was an American children's writer.[1] She was the author of three Dear America books: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North, and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She has also written a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Patricia lived in St. Louis. Her husband, Fredrick McKissack, with whom she co-won the Regina Medal in 1998, died in April 2013 at the age of 73; before marrying her and joining her in writing full-time, he had an accomplished career as a U.S. Marine, a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had owned a contracting business in the St. Louis area.[2]

A former graduate of Webster University, McKissack had written over 100 children's books. Patricia felt that there was a lack of children's literature featuring African Americans, and together with her husband Frederick, wrote stories to fill this void and highlight the history of African Americans. Patricia McKissack was also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.

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Patricia McKissack was also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.[3]

She was known also as L'Ann Carwell, Pat McKissack and Patricia C. McKissack. (Source: Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia)