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        Katherine Paterson

        Katherine Paterson is the Newbery Medal award winning author of Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. In this interview, Katherine Paterson talks about her childhood, raising a family, the challenges of writing, and her favorite books for children. Watch the interview, view the interview transcript, read a short biography on Katherine Paterson, or see a selected list of her children's books.

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        Born in China

        Katherine Paterson talks about spending her early childhood in China and the evacuation of her family during World War II.

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        Getting to know them

        Learn how a Japanese friend helped open Katherine Paterson’s heart to the country she had hated and feared as a child. Friends, whether in person or in books, can dissolve dangerous stereotypes, Paterson believes.

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        Naming Characters

        Katherine Paterson talks about the importance of giving characters a name that fits- or in some cases, finding a character that fits the name.

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        International Acclaim

        Katherine Paterson’s books have won the top writing awards in the United States. She has also received international praise for the body of her work.

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        Behind the Pages

        Katherine Paterson talks about the long struggle, and ultimate triumph, of her Newbery Medal book, "Jacob Have I Loved," noting the importance the setting played in finishing the book.

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        A Writer Deals with Tragedy

        When her son’s best friend was killed by lightning at the age of eight, Katherine Paterson wrote "Bridge to Terabithia," a book that has consoled many readers over the years.

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        Read, Read, Read

        If children want to become good readers or writers, Katherine Paterson points out an enjoyable way to learn about writing is to read often.

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        For the Heart of a Child

        Katherine Paterson lists some of her favorite authors and books for little children.

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        No Role Models in my Books!

        Katherine Paterson didn’t like reading about role models when she was a kid and she doesn’t view her characters as role models. Rather, she shows how her characters becomes stronger as a result of the circumstances in the story.

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