Patricia McKissack delighted more
than 1,000 children, teachers and community members with two
lectures, focusing on storytelling and her personal journey as a
children’s literature author. McKissack told her audience
that she began her career as a writer to tell stories that hadn’t
been written for children, from the ghost stories and tall tales
of her youth to stories about the many contributions made by
African Americans that have been previously overlooked.
“We learn how to make decisions from the books we read as
children,” she told her audience. “If you don’t see yourself in
those stories, you think you can’t participate. That’s a real
A prolific writer of stories about African Americans and
historical fiction, McKissack frequently collaborates with her
husband, Fredrick, who accompanied her on her trip to Davis.
Together, they have written over one hundred books about the
African-American experience, winning notable awards such as the
2003 Coretta Scott King Honor Book for Days of Jubilee.
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