Born in Quing Jiang China Parents were Christian missionaries Father was a principal of an all girls school and traveled for the missionary. Lived in China until she was 8. Then they had to leave because of the Japanese invasion of 1937. Moved to Richmond, Virginia then moved back to Shanghai China. Had to move again in 1940 to North Carolina. Because of the War in China she ended up moving thirteen times between 1937-1950
She was very lonely so she turned to writing Wrote plays through out school and her class mates would act them out. Her 1st language was Chinese. She found it very hard to read and write in English. Once she accomplished English she decided to go to college.
In 1954 she graduated summa cum laude with her degree in English from King College in Tennessee. Taught elementary school for a year before deciding to go back to school Received her masters degree from Presbyterian School of Christian Education.
Paterson wanted to go back to China to be a missionary but the boarders closed. So she decided to go to Japan to be a missionary and a Christian education assistant. She studied both Japanese and Chinese culture. This influenced her future writings. She taught Sunday school for 5th and 6th graders at a church.
Wrote her 1st novel “Who am I?” It was not published at fist because she needed to take a course in writing. After it was rewritten, she was able to get it published.
In 1976, Paterson published her 1st children’s novel “ The Sign of the Chrysanthemum.” This was a Japanese fairytale.
In 1977 “Bridge to Terabithia” was published.
She is the vice-president of National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance Her book Bridge to Terabithia has been made into a film twice. Wrote a play version of Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. She loves to visit local schools to her home in Vermont. She has four adult children and seven grandchildren
Bridge to Terabithia Jacob Have I Loved The Great Gilly Hopkins Lyddie Jip: His Story The Master Puppeteer The Same Stuff as Stars
Bread and Roses, Too The Kings Equal A Midnight Clear Parks Quest The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks The Sign of the Chrysanthemum Of Nightingales That Weep Flip-Flop Girl
Come Sing, Jimmy Jo Parzival: The Quest of the Grail Knight Preachers Boy Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom The Smallest Cow in the World (I Can Read Book 3) The Day of the Pelican Angels and Other Strangers (rpkg): Family Christmas Stories Life Of Jesus For Children (The Light Of The World) Best Shorts: Favorite Stories for Sharing (Best Shorts)
Katherine Paterson Treasury: Bridge to Terabithia/The Great Gilly Marvins Best Christmas Present Ever (I Can Read Book 3) The Invisible Child Blueberries for the Queen The Spying Heart: More Thoughts on Reading and Writing Books for Children Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children Who Am I? A Sense of Wonder: On Reading and Writing Books for Children Lyddie / Jip Flip book
The Field of the Dogs The Angel and the Donkey Marvin One Too Many (I Can Read Book 3) The Wide-Awake Princess Celia and the Sweet, Sweet Water The Tongue-Cut Sparrow No Room In The Inn (And Other Stories from A Midnight Clear) Under the Spell of the Moon: Art for Children from the Worlds Greatest Bridge to Terabithia (DVD) Bridge to Terabithia [Scholastic Literature Guide]
Flip-Flop Girl 3 copies Bridge to Terabithia [Scholastic Book Guides] The Great Gilly Hopkins [Scholastic Literature Guide] Most Do Terabithia Horn Book Magazine The Smalest Cow in the World The Way of the Grizzly OUENTE HASTA TERABITHIA Bridge to Terabithia and Related Readings [Glencoe Literature Library] The Giver Boxed Set: Come Sing/Jimmy Jo/Jip: His Story/The Master Puppeteer/Parks A Reading Guide to Bridge to Terabithia [Scholastic BookFiles] Catherine known as Birdy Still summoned by books (Frances Clarke Sayers lecture) The Great Billy Hopkins
Every one of her novels have been nominated for various awards. She has won:National Book award for Childrens LiteratureEdgar Allen Poe Special AwardNewbery MedalNewbery Honor AwardChristopher AwardSilver Pencil award (Netherlands)LeGrand Prix des Jeunes Lecturs (France)Scott ODell AwardHans Christian Andersen Medal for WritingBoston Globe/Horn Book Picture Book AwardJanusz Korczak Medal (Poland)Many School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, ALANotable Childrens Books, and Parents Choice Awards.
Bread and Roses, TooAwards:New York Public Library Best Books for Teen Age, 2007Bank Street Best Childrens Books of the Year, 2007VOYAs 2006 Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School ReadersNotable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, 2007Christopher Award, 2006Parents Choice Gold Medal, Fall 2006, Historical Fiction
The Same Stuff as StarsCo-winner of the Paterson Prize 2003Honor Book for The Red Mitten, Judy Lopez Memorial, and JaneAddams Awards 2003
Preachers BoyParents Choice 1999 Story Book AwardJefferson Cup of Virginia Library Association
Jip, His StoryThe Scott ODell Award for Historical Fiction 1997Parents Choice 1996 Story Book AwardParents Choice 1999 Paperback Book Honor
Flip-Flop GirlALA Notable Childrens BookSchool Library Journal Best BookAmerican Bookseller Spring Pick of the Lists for Middle ReadersNew York Public Library - 100 titles for Reading and Sharing
LyddieHonor Book of the International Board of Books for Young People 1994ALA Best Book for Young AdultsALA Notable Childrens BookAmerican Bookseller Pick of the ListsIBBY Honor Book
The Tale of the Mandarin DucksBoston Globe/Horn Book Picture Book Award 1991The New York Times Ten Best Illustrated BooksAmerican Bookseller Pick of the ListsBooklist Editors Choice
Parks QuestAmerican Bookseller Pick of the ListsNCSS_CBC Notable Childrens Trade Book in the Field of SocialStudiesIRA-CBC Childrens ChoiceLearning ChoiceLibrary of Congress Books for ChildrenChild Study Association Childrens Books of the YearThe Horn Book Fanfare Honor List
The Tongue-Cut SparrowParents Choice AwardNCSS-CBC Notable Childrens Trade Book in the Field ofSocial StudiesIRA-CBC Childrens ChoiceChild Study Association Childrens Books of the YearCCBC ChoiceLibrary of Congress Books for Children
Come Sing, Jimmy JoParents Choice AwardSchool Library Journal Best BooksCCBC Choice Booklist Editors Choice
Rebels of the Heavenly KingdomParents Choice AwardNCSS-CBC Notable Childrens Trade Book in theField of Social StudiesChild Study Assoc. Childrens Books of the Year
Jacob Have I LovedNewbery Medal 1981ALA Notable Childrens Book 1976-1980School Library Journal Best Books of 1980Best of the 80s YA Novels (English Journal)Best of the 80s (ALA Booklist)
The Great Gilly HopkinsNational Book Award 1979Newbery Honor Award 1979Honor Book, Jane Addams Childrens Book Awards 1979Christopher Award, 1979American Library Association Notable Childrens Books1978School Library Journal Best book of 1978
Bridge to TerabithiaJanusz Korczak Medal (Poland) 1981Silver Pencil Award (Netherlands) 1981Newbery Medal 1978ALA Notable Childrens Books 1977School Library Journal Best Book of 1977Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, 1978Le Grand Prix des Jeunes Lecturs (France), 19861986 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award
The Master PuppeteerNational Book Award for Childrens Literature 1977Edgar Allen Poe Special Award, Mystery Writers ofAmerica 1977Citation from The Puppeteers of America, Inc. 1978ALA Notable Childrens Books 1976School Library Journal Best Book of Spring, 1976
Of Nightingales that WeepPhoenix Award Childrens Literature Association1994ALA Notable Childrens Books 1974
If you would like to contact Paterson her mailing address is: Katherine Paterson c/o Clarion Books 215 Park Ave. South New York, NY 10003