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Patricia McKissack

Born: Aug 9, 1944

Birthplace: Smyrna

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Patricia McKissack

Date of Birth : Aug 9, 1944
Birth Place : Smyrna

Patricia McKissack is an American children's writer. She is the author of three Dear America books: A Picture of Freedom: The Diary of Clotee, a Slave Girl, Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North, and Look to the Hills: The Diary of Lozette Moreau, a French Slave Girl. She has also written a novel for The Royal Diaries series: Nzingha: Warrior Queen of Matamba. Patricia currently lives in St. Louis. Her husband, Fredrick McKissack, with whom she co-won the Regina Medal in 1998, died in April of 2013 at the age of 73; before marrying her and joining her in writing full time, he had an accomplished career as a U.S. Marine, a civil engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and had owned a contracting business in the St. Louis area. Patricia McKissack is also a board member of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a national not-for-profit that actively advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries.


  • Writer

Also known as

  • Patricia C Mckissack
  • Patricia Mckissack
  • Patricia L''Ann McKissack
  • L''Ann Carwell
  • Pat McKissack


  • Fredrick McKissack


  • Fredrick McKissack, Jr.

Awards Won

  • John Newbery Medal
  • Coretta Scott King Award for Authors
  • NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children''s
  • Regina Medal
  • Newbery Honor
  • Jane Addams Children''s Book Award
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