Happy Birthday, Christopher Paul Curtis!

May 10, 2016

Join us in celebrating children's author Christopher Paul Curtis' birthday today! The author of several middle-grade chapter books, Mr. Curtis is a master at the craft of presenting interesting characters and writing about situations that can't help but elicit feelings of humor and sorrow at the same time.

Mr. Curtis has been awarded both Newbery Honors and the Newbery Medal as well as a Coretta Scott King Honor, a Coretta Scott King Author Award, and a Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Wow! These are heavy duty awards, and to be the recipient of multiple awards is quite an achievement for any author. Allow us to introduce you to a few of these mighty fine books:

Written in 1995, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 was Christopher Paul Curtis' debut novel. Followed up in 1999 with his second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, which was the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal AND the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Both stories are set in the past, The Watsons in 1963 and Bud in 1929, and both feature characters who are from Flint, Michigan; the same town where Mr. Curtis himself was born, raised, and lives to this day.

Other historical fiction books include The Mighty Miss Malone, a companion book to Bud, Not Buddy, and Elijah of Buxton, a story about the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, with it's companion book The Madman of the Piney Woods, which takes place 42 years later in 1901.

If you've never read anything written by Mr. Curtis before, be sure to check our catalog and see for yourself what a talented author and storyteller he is! We've got regular print books, ebooks, audiobooks, and more!


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