Patricia McKissack




Born to civil servant parents Robert and Erma Carwell on August 9, 1944 in Smyrna, Tennessee. Grew up Nashville moved to Kirkwood, Missouri when she was 2.Her parents divorced when she was 10 and moved back to Nashville to be close to her grandparents. She was inspired to be a writer by her mother who always read her poetry.Her siblings incloud Nolan and Sarah. Her favorite place to go Nashville Public Library attended the University of Georgia and graduated with an English degree.She became junior high school English teacher first book was a biography of Paul Lawrence Dunbar Their three sons, Robert Lewis and John and fredrick jr. She won the Coretta Scott King Award, Newbery Honor Award, Orbis Pictus Award She loved to read and was a great student.

  • A Friendship for Today (2006)
  • A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (1990) (with Fredrick McKissack)
  • A Million Fish-More or Less (1992)
  • A Picture of Freedom: the Diary of Clotee a Slave Girl Belmont Plantation, Virginia, 1858 (1997)
  • Aztec Indians (1985)
  • Bugs! (1988) (with Fredrick McKissack)
  • Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (2002)
  • Christmas in the Big House-Christmas in the Quarters (1992) (with Fredrick McKissack)
  • Confessions of a Cyborg (2010)
  • Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North (2000)
  • Flossie and the Fox (1986)
  • Frederick Douglass: Leader against Slavery (1991) (with Fredrick McKissack)
  • Langston Hughes: Great American Poet (2002)
  • Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color (1998) (with Fredrick McKissack)
  • Messy Bessey (1987) (with Fredrick McKissack)
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind (1988)
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Poet to Remember (1984)
  • Ralph J. Bunche: Peacemaker (2002)
  • Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II
  • Run Away Home (1997)
  • Satchel Paige: The Best Arm in Baseball (2002)
  • Sojourner Truth: A Voice for Freedom (2002)
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? (1992)
  • The Clone Codes (2009)
  • The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural (1992)
  • Zora Neale Hurston: Writer and Storyteller (2002)