Patricia C. McKissack: Children's Literature

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Peter J. Shields Library Lobby Display Cases
Winter Quarter 2007

In honor of the Third Annual UC Davis Children's Literature Lecture, the UC Davis University Library presents an exhibit of selected works of noted young adult and children's book author Patricia McKissack. Ms. McKissack will be the featured speaker at the Mondavi Center on February 26, 2007. This event is co-sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education and the UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Biography

Patricia C. McKissack has written over one hundred titles under her own name, as well as in collaboration with her husband, Fredrick L. McKissack. The author of historical fiction and biographies for children, Ms. McKissack focuses on religious as well as African-American themes. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Newbery Honor Award, the Coretta Scott King Award and the Virginia Hamilton Literary Award. Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee and currently resides in Chesterfield, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

Publications

  • (Under name L'Ann Carwell) Good Shepherd Prayer, 1978.
  • (Under name L'Ann Carwell) God Gives New Life, 1979.
  • Ask the Kids, 1979.
  • Who Is Who? 1983.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Man to Remember, 1984.
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar: A Poet to Remember, 1984.
  • Michael Jackson, Superstar, 1984.
  • Lights Out, Christopher, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1984.
  • It's the Truth, Christopher, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1984.
  • The Apache, 1984.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune: A Great American Educator, 1985.
  • Aztec Indians, 1985.
  • The Inca, 1985.
  • The Maya, 1985.
  • Flossie and the Fox, illustrated by Rachel Isadora, 1986.
  • Our Martin Luther King Book, illustrated by Rachel Isadora, 1986.
  • Who Is Coming? illustrated by Clovis Martin, 1986.
  • Give It with Love, Christopher: Christopher Learns about Gifts and Giving, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1988.
  • Speak up, Christopher: Christopher Learns the Difference between Right and Wrong, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1988.
  • A Troll in a Hole, 1988.
  • Nettie Jo's Friends, illustrated by Scott Cook, 1988.
  • Mirandy and Brother Wind, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, 1988.
  • Monkey-Monkey's Trick: Based on an African Folk-Tale, illustrated by Paul Meisel, 1989.
  • Jesse Jackson: A Biography, 1989.
  • (With Ruthilde Kronberg) A Piece of the Wind and Other Stories to Tell, 1990.
  • No Need for Alarm, 1990.
  • A Million Fish--More or Less, illustrated by Dena Schutzer, 1992.
  • The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, 1992.
  • History of Haiti, 1996.
  • (With Robert L. Duyff) All Our Fruits and Vegetables, 1996.
  • (With Robert L. Duyff) It's a Sandwich!, 1996.
  • A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, 1997.
  • Ma Dear's Aprons, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, 1997.
  • Run Away Home, 1997.
  • Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, the Great Migration North, 2000.
  • Goin' Someplace Special, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, 2000.
  • The Honest-to-Goodness Truth, illustrated by Giselle Potter, 2000.
  • Goin' Someplace Special, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, 2001.
  • Tippy Lemmey, illustrated by Susan Keeter, 2003.
  • (With Onawumi Jean Moss) Precious and the Boo Hag, illustrated by Kyrsten Brooker, 2004.
  • Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl, 2004.
  • (With James Carville) Lu and the Swamp Ghost, illustrated by David Catrow, 2004.
  • (With Arlene Zarembka) To Establish Justice, 2004.
  • Where Crocodiles Have Wings, illustrated by Bob Barner, 2005.
  • Amistad: The Story of a Slave Ship, illustrated by Sanna Stanley, 2005.
  • Abby Takes a Stand, illustrated by Gordon James, 2005.
  • Away West, illustrated by Gordon C. James, 2006.
  • Porch Lies: Tales of Slicksters, Tricksters, and Other Wily Characters, illustrated by André Carrilho, 2006.
  • A Friendship for Today, 2007.

With Husband, Fredrick L. McKissack

  • Look What You've Done Now, Moses, illustrated by Joe Boddy, 1984.
  • Abram, Abram, Where Are We Going? illustrated by Joe Boddy, 1984.
  • Cinderella, illustrated by Tom Dunnington, 1985.
  • Country Mouse and City Mouse, illustrated by Anne Sikorski, 1985.
  • The Little Red Hen, illustrated by Dennis Hockerman, 1985.
  • The Three Bears, illustrated by Virginia Bala, 1985.
  • The Ugly Little Duck, illustrated by Peggy Perry Anderson, 1986.
  • When Do You Talk to God?: Prayers for Small Children, illustrated by Gary Gumble, 1986.
  • King Midas and His Gold, illustrated by Tom Dunnington, 1986.
  • Frederick Douglass: The Black Lion, 1987.
  • A Real Winner, illustrated by Quentin Thompson and Ken Jones, 1987.
  • The King's New Clothes, illustrated by Gwen Connelly, 1987.
  • Tall Phil and Small Bill, illustrated by Kathy Mitter, 1987.
  • Three Billy Goats Gruff, illustrated by Tom Dunnington, 1987.
  • My Bible ABC Book, illustrated by Reed Merrill, 1987.
  • The Civil Rights Movement in America from 1865 to the Present, 1987, second edition, 1991.
  • All Paths Lead to Bethlehem, illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker, 1987.
  • Messy Bessey, illustrated by Richard Hackney, 1987.
  • The Big Bug Book of Counting, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1987.
  • The Big Bug Book of Opposites, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1987.
  • The Big Bug Book of Places to Go, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1987.
  • The Big Bug Book of the Alphabet, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1987.
  • The Big Bug Book of Things to Do, illustrated by Bartholomew, 1987.
  • Bugs! illustrated by Martin, 1988.
  • The Children's ABC Christmas, illustrated by Kathy Rogers, 1988.
  • Constance Stumbles, illustrated by Tom Dunnington, 1988.
  • Oh, Happy, Happy Day!: A Child's Easter in Story, Song, and Prayer, illustrated by Elizabeth Swisher, 1989.
  • God Made Something Wonderful, illustrated by Ching, 1989.
  • Messy Bessey's Closet, illustrated by Richard Hackney, 1989.
  • James Weldon Johnson: "Lift Every Voice and Sing", 1990.
  • A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter, 1990.
  • Taking a Stand against Racism and Racial Discrimination, 1990.
  • W.E.B. DuBois, 1990.
  • The Story of Booker T. Washington, 1991.
  • Messy Bessey's Garden, illustrated by Martin, 1991.
  • From Heaven Above, 1992.
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? 1992.
  • God Makes All Things New, illustrated by Ching, 1993.
  • African-American Inventors, 1994.
  • African-American Scientists, 1994.
  • African Americans, illustrated by Michael McBride, 1994.
  • Sports, 1994.
  • Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues, 1994.
  • The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhay: Life in Medieval Africa, 1994.
  • Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters, illustrated by John Thompson, 1994.
  • Red-Tail Angels: The Story of the Tuskegee Airmen of World War II, 1995.
  • Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts, 1996.
  • Let My People Go: Bible Stories of Faith, Hope, and Love, as Told by Price Jefferies, a Free Man of Color, to His Daughter, Charlotte, in Charleston, South Carolina, 1806-1816, illustrated by James Ransome, 1998.
  • Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry, 1998.
  • Messy Bessey and the Birthday Overnight, illustrated by Dana Regan, 1998.
  • Messy Bessey's School Desk, illustrated by Dana Regan, 1998.
  • Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers, 1999.
  • Messy Bessey's Holidays, illustrated by Dana Regan, 1999.
  • Messy Bessey's Family Reunion, illustrated by Dana Regan, 2000.
  • Miami Gets It Straight, illustrated by Michael Chesworth, 2000.
  • Bugs! illustrated by Michael Cressy, 2000.
  • Messy Bessey's Closet, illustrated by Dana Regan, 2001.
  • Miami Makes the Play, illustrated by Michael Chesworth, 2001.
  • Miami Sees It Through, illustrated by Michael Chesworth, 2002.
  • Messy Bessey's Garden, illustrated by Dana Regan, 2002.
  • Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States, 2003.
  • (Adaptors) Itching and Twitching: A Nigerian Folktale, illustrated by Laura Freeman, 2003.
  • Hard Labor: The First African Americans, 1619, illustrated by Joseph Daniel Fiedler, 2004.

"Great African Americans" Series; With Husband, Fredrick L. McKissack

  • Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2002.
  • Frederick Douglass: Leader against Slavery, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2002.
  • George Washington Carver: The Peanut Scientist, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2002.
  • Ida B. Wells-Barnett: A Voice against Violence, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2001.
  • Louis Armstrong: Jazz Musician, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2001.
  • Marian Anderson: A Great Singer, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2001.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2001.
  • Mary Church Terrell: Leader for Equality, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2002.
  • Mary McLeod Bethune: A Great Teacher, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2001.
  • Ralph J. Bunche: Peacemaker, illustrated by Ned Ostendorf, 1991, revised edition, 2002.
  • Jesse Owens: Olympic Star, illustrated by Michael David Biegel, 1992, revised edition, 2001.
  • Langston Hughes: Great American Poet, illustrated by Michael David Biegel, 1992, revised edition, 2002.
  • Zora Neale Hurston: Writer and Storyteller, illustrated by Michael Bryant, 1992, revised edition, 2002.
  • Satchel Paige: The Best Arm in Baseball, illustrated by Michael David Biegel, 1992, revised edition, 2002.
  • Sojourner Truth: Voice for Freedom, illustrated by Michael Bryant, 1992, revised edition, 2002.
  • Madam C. J. Walker: Self-made Millionaire, illustrated by Michael Bryant,, 1992, revised edition, 2001.
  • Paul Robeson: A Voice to Remember, illustrated by Michael David Biegel, 1992, revised edition, 2001.
  • Booker T. Washington: Leader and Educator, illustrated by Michael Bryant, 1992, revised edition, 2001.

Also contributor, with Fredrick L. McKissack, to The World of 1492, edited by Jean Fritz, 1992. Writer for preschool series "L Is for Listening," broadcast by KWMU-Radio, 1975-77. Author of radio and television scripts. Contributor of articles and short stories to magazines, including Friend, Happy Times, and Evangelizing Today's Child. Coauthor, with Mavis Jukes, of short-subject film script Who Owns the Sun? Disney Educational Productions, 1991.

Awards:

  • Helen Keating Ott Award, National Church and Synagogue Librarians Association, for editorial work at Concordia Publishing House, 1980
  • C.S. Lewis Silver Medal award, Christian Educators Association, for It's the Truth, Christopher, 1984
  • C.S. Lewis Silver Medal award, Christian Educators Association, for Abram, Abram, Where Are We Going? 1985
  • Parents' Choice Award, for Nettie Jo's Friends, 1989
  • Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and Coretta Scott King Award, both for A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter, 1990
  • Woodson Merit award, for W.E.B. DuBois, 1991
  • Hungry Mind Award, for The World in 1492, 1993
  • Newbery Honor Award and Coretta Scott King Author Award, both for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, 1993
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Award and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, both for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? 1993
  • Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, for Let My People Go, 1999
  • Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, Kent State University's Virginia Hamilton Conference, 2001

Selected Publications about Patricia C. McKissack

Articles:

Bishop, Rudine Sims. "Walk Tall in the World: African American Literature for Today's Children."
The Journal of Negro Education v. 59 no. 4 (Autumn 1990) pp. 556-565
Harris, Violet J. "African American Children's Literature: The First One Hundred Years."
The Journal of Negro Education v 59 no. 4 (Autumn 1990) pp. 540-555
Bishop, Rudine Sims. "Profile: A Conversation with Patricia McKissack."
Language Arts v. 69 (January 1992) pp. 69-74
Elliot, Ian. "Patricia C. McKissack: Going for a Dream."
Teaching PreK-8 v. 23 (May 1993) pp. 36-39
Milner, Joseph O'Beirne and Loraine Moses Stewart. "Flossie Ebonics: Subtle Sociolinguistic Messages in Flossie and the Fox."
New Advocate v. 10 (Summer 1997) pp. 211-214
Yenika-Agbaw, Vivian. "Taking Children's Literature Seriously: Reading for Pleasure and Social Change."
Language Arts v. 74 (October 1997) pp. 446-453
Davis,-Olga-Idriss. "The Rhetoric of Quilts: Creating Identity in African-American Children's Literature."
African-American-Review v 32 no. 1 (Spring 1998) pp. 67-76
Wilson, Brian. E. "Good Conversation! A Talk with the McKissacks."
School Library Journal v. 44 (March 1998) pp. 148
Feder-Feitel, Lisa. "Tough to Teach: Voices of Slavery."
Creative Classroom v. 13 no. 4 (January/February 1999) pp. 68-72
McElmeel, Sharron L. "Patricia McKissack: Wordsmith and Avid Reader."
Book Report v. 18 no. 3 (November/December 1999) pp. 36-37
Brodie, Carolyn. S. "Patricia and Fredrick McKissack: Changing Lives."
School Library Media Activities Monthly v. 17 no. 5 (January 2001) pp. 45-48
Chandler, Karen. "Paths to Freedom: Literacy and Folk Traditions in Recent Narratives About Slavery and Emancipation."
Children's Literature Association Quarterly v 31 no. 1, (Spring 2006) pp. 3-26

Books:

  • McKissack, Patricia. Can you imagine? illustrated by Myles Pinkney, 1997.
  • Many Faces, Many Voices: Multicultural Literary Experiences for Youth: The Virginia Hamilton Conference. Edited by Anthony L. Manna and Carolyn S. Brodie, 1992.
  • Beauty, Brains, and Brawn: The Construction of Gender in Children's Literature. Edited by Susan Lehr, 2001.
  • Writing for Children: The Report of the 1998 Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua. Edited by Carolyn Yoder, 1999.

Thesis/Dissertations:

  • Moss, Shondrika Lanise. Ah'd save de text for you: Exploring Zora Neale Hurston's Characteristics of Negro Expression. Thesis (Ph. D.) Northwestern University, 2003.
  • McNair, Jonda Cecole. "Yes, it'll be me": A Comparative Analysis of "The Brownies' Book" and Contemporary African American Children's Literature Written by Patricia McKissack. Thesis (Ph. D.) The Ohio State University, 2003.

Archival Material:

Patricia C. McKissack Papers, Mason Library Special Collections, Keene State College.
The collection documents Patricia and Frederick L. McKissack's authorship of four titles from the Great African American series published by Enslow. The collection includes manuscripts, publisher's galleys, illustrations, and correspondence.
The collection is organized into 4 series:
  1. Marian Anderson: A Great Singer
  2. Ralph Bunche: Peacemaker
  3. Martin Luther King Jr.: Man of Peace
  4. Ida B. Wells: A Voice Against Violence
  5. Great African American Series

Selected Websites:

Patricia McKissack's Biography
http://books.scholastic.com/teachers/authorsandbooks/authorstudies/authorhome.jsp?authorID=60&displayName=Biography
VG: Voices from the Gaps: Women Artists and Writers of Color
http://voices.cla.umn.edu/vg/Bios/entries/mckissack_patricia.html
Children's Literature
http://www.childrenslit.com/f_mckissack.html
Houghton Mifflin Reading
http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmr/mtai/mckissack.html
Literature Learning Ladders
http://www.eduscapes.com/newbery/93c.html
Making Multicultural Connections Through Trade Books: Flossie and the Fox
http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/socialstd/MBD/Flossie%5FFox1.html
The Virginia Hamilton Conference
http://dept.kent.edu/virginiahamiltonconf/lawdmck.htm

Online Discussion Groups/Listservs

The Children's Literature Web Guide
http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/%7Edkbrown/listserv.html

For additional information about this exhibit, please contact Humanities, Social Sciences & Government Information Services Librarian Roberto Delgadillo, 530-752-8266 or rdelgadillo@ucdavis.edu.