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Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

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Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack wrote over one hundred books about the African-American experience and won countless awards before Fredrick passed in 2013. They were honored with the 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Before this the couple had recieved Coretta Scott King Awards and Honors seven times. Patricia recieved the same recognition twice for novels she wrote on her own. Their works include DAYS OF JUBILEE: THE END OF SLAVERY IN THE UNITED STATES, BLACK HANDS, WHITE SAILS: THE STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WHALERS, CHRISTMAS IN THE BIG HOUSE, CHRISTMAS IN THE QUARTERS and many more.

Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

Books by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack

written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney - Children's 4-6, Children's 5-8, Holiday

On Christmas morning, the girls are beside themselves with excitement! There is Baby Betty, in all her eyelash-fluttering magnificence. “Mine!” Nella shouts, and claims the doll for herself. But soon she discovers that Baby Betty isn’t nearly as much fun as her sisters. Would it be more fun to share this very best gift with them after all?

by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack - Historical Fiction

Lozette, or Zettie, is an orphaned slave girl who arrives with her French masters in New York Colony at the end of the French-Indian War. There, she must reconsider her loyalties when she is confronted with new landscapes, new conditions and new conflicts.

by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack - Historical Fiction

Twelve-year-old Nellie Lee's family moves north to Chicago in search of a better life. Like many other African Americans, they hope to escape the racism of the rural south and take advantage of the opportunities in the city. Instead, they find themselves faced with a more sinister form of prejudice -- hatred within there own race.

written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney - Art, Children's 4-6, Culture

Grandmama Beasley says, “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” With neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggesting all manner of strategies, and friend Ezel laughing at each foiled one, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she’ll get hold of that Brother Wind yet!