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        Patricia & Frederick McKissack

        Patricia and Frederick McKissack are a writing duo that got their start when they decided they wanted to do something about the lack of children's stories about African Americans. In this interview, the McKissacks talk about finding inspiration for their writing, their favorite books, their commitment to writing African American stories, and the power of reading to children. Watch the interview, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Patricia and Frederick McKissack, or see a selected list of their children's books.

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        No Shortage of Ideas

        Patricia & Frederick McKissack talk about finding inspiration for their writing, including getting ideas from childhood experiences, history, and even comments.

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        Collaboration

        The McKissacks' share how talking and silence are both keys to successful collaboration. They also note how they collaborate to bring together critical pieces of a writing project such as research and first drafts.

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        Fixing Flossie

        The McKissacks share how they "fixed" their story "Flossie and the Fox" by making sure the fox retains all of his fox traits at the end of the story.

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        Playing Favorites

        Patricia & Frederick McKissack can't pick a favorite from among all their books--each one is special.

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        Hot on the Trail of a Story

        Researching their book White Hands, Black Sails, led the McKissacks from Nantucket to Seattle and the Caribbean and helped them learn more about whaling with the 16th-18th centuries.

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        Fiction vs. Non-fiction

        Patricia & Frederick McKissackhistorical fiction "Runaway Home" is based on their research about a Native American ancestor. They choose to write in the genre of historical fiction rather than non-fiction so that they can add in the pieces to tie the story together.

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        Start Filling a Gap

        Patricia & Frederick McKissack discuss their work to tell stories about African Americans in the period 1800-1900.

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        Writing for Children

        The McKissacks take seriously their audience of children, making sure to write for the age of the audience, but still in a professional voice. They avoid using too much slang because that can date the book for future audiences.

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        Einstein's Theory of Storytelling

        Frederick McKissack talks about the power of reading stories to children, and how stories can help prepare kids for adulthood and enhance problem solving skills.

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        An Excerpt From "Goin' Someplace Special"

        Patricia McKissack reads from Goin' Someplace Special.

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