Katherine Paterson

Children, Young Adult

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books including 17 novels for children and young people. She has twice won the Newbery Medal, for Bridge to Terabithia in 1978 and Jacob Have I Loved in 1981. The Master Puppeteer won the National Book Award in 1977 and The Great Gilly Hopkins won the National Book Award in 1979 and was also a Newbery Honor Book. For the body of her work she received the Hans Christian Anderson Medal in 1998, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in 2006, the NSK Neustadt Award in 2007, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2013, and the E.B White Award in 2019. In 2000 she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. Her latest book is The Night of His Birth published by Flyaway Books.

She is a vice-president of the National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance and is a member of the board of trustees for Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was the 2010–2011 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

Katherine lives in Montpelier, Vermont with her dog, Pixie.


Festival Years: 1998, 2004, 2008, 2020, 2021