Who is Katherine Patterson?

Katherine Patterson Popular Books

Katherine Patterson Biography & Facts

Katherine Womeldorf Paterson (born October 31, 1932) is a Chinese-born American writer best known for children's novels, including Bridge to Terabithia. For four different books published 1975-1980, she won two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards. She is one of four people to win the two major international awards; for "lasting contribution to children's literature" she won the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Award for Writing in 1998 and for her career contribution to "children's and young adult literature in the broadest sense" she won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award from the Swedish Arts Council in 2006, the biggest monetary prize in children's literature. Also for her body of work she was awarded the NSK Neustadt Prize for Children's Literature in 2007 and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association in 2013. She was the second U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, serving 2010 and 2011. Early life Katherine Womeldorf was born in Qing Jiang, China, to Presbyterian Missionaries Rev. G. (George) Raymond and Mary Womeldorf. Her father supported her family by preaching and heading Sutton 690, a boys’ school. The Womeldorf family lived in a Chinese neighborhood and immersed themselves in Chinese culture. When Katherine was five years old, the family fled China during the Japanese invasion of 1937. Her family returned to the United States at the onset of World War II.Paterson said during World War II, her parents and four siblings lived in Virginia and North Carolina, and when her family’s return to China was indefinitely postponed, they moved to various towns in North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, before her parents settled in Winchester, Virginia. The Womeldorf family moved 15 times over 13 years. Higher education Paterson's first language was Chinese, and she initially experienced difficulty reading and writing English. She overcame these challenges and, in 1954, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in English from King College in Bristol, Tennessee. She then spent a year teaching at a rural elementary school in Virginia before going to graduate school. She received a master's degree from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education (Richmond, VA), where she studied Bible and Christian education. Paterson had hoped to be a missionary in China, but its borders were closed to western citizens. A Japanese friend pushed her to go to Japan instead, where she worked as a missionary and Christian education assistant. While in Japan, Paterson studied both Japanese and Chinese culture, which influenced much of her subsequent writing. Writing years Paterson began her professional career in the Presbyterian Church in 1964 by writing curriculum materials for fifth and sixth graders.In 1966, she wrote the religious education book Who Am I?. While continuing to write, she was unable to get any of her novels published. After being persuaded, Paterson took an adult education course in creative writing during which her first novel was published. Her first children's novel, The Sign of the Chrysanthemum, was published in 1973. It is a work of historical fiction, set in the Japanese medieval period; it is based on Paterson's studies in Japan. Bridge to Terabithia, her most widely read work, was published in 1977. Terabithia was highly controversial due to some of the difficult themes. Bridge to Terabithia is the most popular book she has written. Some of her other books also feature difficult themes such as the death of a loved one. In her 2007 NSK Prize Lecture at the University of Oklahoma, Paterson said she has spent the last "more than forty years" of her life as a writer, and her books seem "to be filled with heroes of the most unlikely sort." Recent years Katherine Paterson is currently vice-president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance, a non-profit organization that advocates for literacy, literature, and libraries. Paterson lives in Barre, Vermont. Her husband John Barstow Paterson, a retired Presbyterian pastor, died in 2013. She has four children and seven grandchildren.On April 28, 2005, Paterson dedicated a tree in memory of Lisa Hill (her son David's childhood friend who became the inspiration for Bridge to Terabithia) to Takoma Park Elementary School. Paterson still does school visits but chooses to stick to schools that are close to her Vermont home. In 2006, she released Bread and Roses, Too. She was inspired to write this book after seeing a photograph of 35 children taken on the steps of the Old Socialist Labor Hall in Barre captioned, "Children of Lawrence Massachusetts, Bread and Roses Strike come to Barre". She has written a play version of the story by Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck. It was performed at a conference of the Beatrix Potter Society in Fresno, CA in April 2009. In January 2010, Paterson replaced Jon Scieszka as the Library of Congress National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a two-year position created to raise national awareness of the importance of lifelong literacy and education.In 2011, Paterson gave the Annual Buechner Lecture at The Buechner Institute at her alma mater, King University. In January 2013, Paterson received the biennial Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal from the American Library Association, which recognizes a living author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made "a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children". Citing Bridge to Terabithia in particular, the committee noted that "Paterson's unflinching yet redemptive treatment of tragedy and loss helped pave the way for ever more realistic writing for young people." Writing style In Paterson's novels, her youthful protagonists face crises by which they learn to triumph through self-sacrifice. Paterson, unlike many other authors of young adult novels, tackles themes often considered to be adult, such as death and jealousy. Although her characters face dire situations, Paterson writes with compassion and empathy. Amidst her writing of misery and strife, Paterson interlaces her writing with wry wit and understated humor. After facing tumultuous events, her characters prevail in triumph and redeem themselves and their ambitions. Paterson's protagonists are usually orphaned or estranged children with only a few friends who must face difficult situations largely on their own. Paterson's plots may reflect her own childhood in which she felt estranged and lonely. Works Awards The Hans Christian Andersen and Astrid Lindgren Awards are the two major international awards recognizing career contributions to children's literature. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award is the highest honor from U.S. professional librarians for contributions to American children's literature.Paterson has also won many annual awards for new books, including the National Book Award (The Master Puppeteer, 1977; The Great Gilly Hopkins, 1979); the Edgar Allan Po.... Discover the Katherine Patterson popular books. Find the top 100 most popular Katherine Patterson books.

Best Seller Katherine Patterson Books of September 2021

The Burning e-book Download

The Burning

Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse KellermanSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

Things get personal for Deputy Coroner Clay Edison when a murder hits close to home in this riveting, emotional thriller from the bestselling father-son team who write “brilliant, page-tur...

It Ends with Us e-book Download

It Ends with Us

Colleen HooverAugust 2, 2016$11.99

In this “brave and heartbreaking novel that digs its claws into you and doesn’t let go, long after you’ve finished it” (Anna Todd, New York Times bestselling author) from the #1 New ...

Harlem Shuffle e-book Download

Harlem Shuffle

Colson WhiteheadSeptember 14, 2021$14.99

From the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys , a gloriously entertaining novel of heists, shakedowns, and rip-offs set in Harlem in the 196...

Crazy Faith e-book Download

Crazy Faith

Michael ToddSeptember 21, 2021$12.99

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Relationship Goals . . . Will you be remembered as a person who claimed to follow God but liked to play it safe? Or as a person who lived you...

Dirty Rich Cinderella Story e-book Download

Dirty Rich Cinderella Story

Lisa Renee JonesMay 23, 2018$0.99

A SEXY, STANDALONE FORBIDDEN BOSS ROMANCE! SEDUCED FOR A NIGHT. TAKEN FOREVER. With only nine months left at Stanford, and despite being top of her law school class, Lori Havens takes leave ...

Killian e-book Download

Killian

Dale MayerSeptember 21, 2021$4.99

Killian is called up to retrieve a woman who’s been kidnapped, then escaped, only to be captured again. With a sketchy SOS coming in, Killian’s tracking her from Vancouver to the far rea...

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael e-book Download

The Love Story of Missy Carmichael

Beth MorreyApril 7, 2020$2.99

For readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine and A Man Called Ove , a life-affirming, deeply moving "coming-of-old" story, a celebration of how ordinary days are made extraordinary thr...

The Lost Symbol e-book Download

The Lost Symbol

Dan BrownSeptember 15, 2009$9.99

#1 WORLDWIDE BESTSELLER • An intelligent, lightning-paced thriller s et within the hidden chambers, tunnels, and temples of Washington, D.C., with surprises at every turn. • Don’t miss...

The Last Thing He Told Me e-book Download

The Last Thing He Told Me

Laura DaveMay 4, 2021$13.99

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER SELECTION OF THE REESE WITHERSPOON BOOK CLUB A HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, BEST BOOK OF SUMMER SELECTED BY * VOGUE * USA TODAY * ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY * CNN * TOWN & ...

The Legacy e-book Download

The Legacy

Elle KennedySeptember 21, 2021$5.99

The international bestselling Off-Campus series returns with a collection of four novellas by New York Times bestselling author Elle Kennedy! This brand-new installment provides the much-ant...

Silent Strike e-book Download

Silent Strike

Melinda ColtSeptember 21, 2021$0.99

Detectives Aidan Connor and Jenna Darcy never had compassion for vigilantes—until now. A politician’s murder is always big news, but Detective Aidan Connor isn’t sure if landing the hi...

The Dishonored Viscount e-book Download

The Dishonored Viscount

Sophie BarnesSeptember 21, 2021$5.99

He knows he doesn't deserve her, yet he can't get her out of his mind… Stripped of his title because of a crime his father committed, Marcus Berkly has struggled to find a new place for hi...

For Love Or Honey e-book Download

For Love Or Honey

Staci HartSeptember 21, 2021$4.99

When the devil comes to town, you have to meet him head-on.<br> Which is exactly what I did when Grant Stone rolled into our small Texas town, driving a sports car I could fit in the b...

An Impossible Promise e-book Download

An Impossible Promise

Jude Deveraux & Tara SheetsSeptember 21, 2021$9.99

“Time travel romance at its best!”—Fresh Fiction on Chance of a Lifetime They can’t be together, but they can’t stay apart… Liam O’Connor has one purpose in this life—to push...

Forgotten in Death e-book Download

Forgotten in Death

J. D. RobbSeptember 7, 2021$14.99

In the latest novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, homicide detective Eve Dallas sifts through the wreckage of the past to find a killer. The body was left in a dumpster like s...

How to Save a Life e-book Download

How to Save a Life

Lynette RiceSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

The first inside story of one of TV's most popular and beloved dramas, Grey's Anatomy . More than fifteen years after its premiere, Grey’s Anatomy remains one of the most beloved dramas on...

Beneath the Wreckage e-book Download

Beneath the Wreckage

Catherine CowlesSeptember 21, 2021$3.99

It was supposed to be a summer we’d never forget.  Instead, everything was stolen from me.  The best friend who was more like a sister. The innocent way I looked at life. Leaving...

Uncontrolled Spread e-book Download

Uncontrolled Spread

Scott GottliebSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

Physician and former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb asks: Has America’s COVID-19 catastrophe taught us anything? In Uncontrolled Spread, he shows how the coronavirus and its variants were...

Daughter of the Morning Star e-book Download

Daughter of the Morning Star

Craig JohnsonSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

A new novel in the beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series. When Lolo Long's niece Jaya begins receiving death threats, Tribal Police Chief Long calls on Absaroka County Sheriff W...

Under the Whispering Door e-book Download

Under the Whispering Door

TJ KluneSeptember 21, 2021$13.99

An Indie Next Pick! A Man Called Ove meets The Good Place in Under the Whispering Door , a delightful queer love story from TJ Klune, author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller Th...

Billy Summers e-book Download

Billy Summers

Stephen KingAugust 3, 2021$14.99

#1 New York Times Bestseller From legendary storyteller Stephen King, whose “restless imagination is a power that cannot be contained” ( The New York Times Book Review ), comes a thrilli...

Enchanted e-book Download

Enchanted

W.J. MaySeptember 20, 2021$3.99

USA Today Bestselling author, W.J. May, brings you the highly anticipated continuation of the bestselling YA/NA series about love, betrayal, magic and fantasy. Welcome to a world of paranorm...

Vanderbilt e-book Download

Vanderbilt

Anderson Cooper & Katherine HoweSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

New York Times bestselling author and journalist Anderson Cooper teams with New York Times bestselling historian and novelist Katherine Howe to chronicle the rise and fall of a legendary Ame...

A Darker Reality e-book Download

A Darker Reality

Anne PerrySeptember 21, 2021$13.99

A personal trip turns perilous for Elena Standish after the murder of a British spy forces her to face dark family secrets in this exciting 1930s mystery by bestselling author Anne Perr...

Dune: The Lady of Caladan e-book Download

Dune: The Lady of Caladan

Brian Herbert & Kevin J. AndersonSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

From Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, Dune: The Lady of Caladan is a brand new novel in the internationally bestselling Dune series. Lady Jessica, mother of Paul, and consort to Leto Atr...

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone e-book Download

Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

Phaedra PatrickMay 16, 2017$1.99

Soon to be a Hallmark Original Movie! “A perfect read for lovers of Antoine Laurain's The Red Notebook, Gabrielle Zevin's The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, and Fredrik Backman's A Man Called...

The Perfect Image (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Sixteen) e-book Download

The Perfect Image (A Jessie Hunt Psychological Suspense Thriller—Book Sixteen)

Blake PierceSeptember 21, 2021$7.99

“A masterpiece of thriller and mystery. Blake Pierce did a magnificent job developing characters with a psychological side so well described that we feel inside their minds, follow their f...

Enemy at the Gates e-book Download

Enemy at the Gates

Vince Flynn & Kyle MillsSeptember 14, 2021$14.99

Picking up where the “tour de force” ( The Providence Journal ) Total Power left off, the next thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Mitch Rapp series follows the CIA’s top ope...

Tisha e-book Download

Tisha

Robert SpechtJuly 1, 1984$2.99

The beloved real-life story of a woman in the Alaskan wilderness, the children she taught, and the man she loved.   “From the time I’d been a girl, I’d been thrilled with the idea...

HOT Storm e-book Download

HOT Storm

Lynn Raye HarrisSeptember 21, 2021$4.99

She changed her name. Her look. Her location. But what if running away isn’t enough to save her? Physical therapist Scarlett Reed is looking for a fresh start when she takes a job in anoth...

The Night She Disappeared e-book Download

The Night She Disappeared

Lisa JewellSeptember 7, 2021$12.99

“Utterly gripping with richly drawn, hugely compelling characters, this is a first-class thriller with heart.” —Lucy Foley, New York Times bestselling author “Insane suspense.” —...

Person of Interest e-book Download

Person of Interest

J. Warner WallaceSeptember 21, 2021$9.99

Can the truth about Jesus be uncovered--even without a body or a crime scene? Join cold-case detective and bestselling author J. Warner Wallace as he investigates Jesus using an innovat...

Peril e-book Download

Peril

Bob Woodward & Robert CostaSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

The transition from President Donald J. Trump to President Joseph R. Biden Jr. stands as one of the most dangerous periods in American history. But as # 1 internationally bestselling author ...

It e-book Download

It

Stephen KingJanuary 1, 2016$2.99

It: Chapter Two —now a major motion picture! Stephen King’s terrifying, classic #1 New York Times bestseller, “a landmark in American literature” ( Chicago Sun-Times )—about seven ...

A Slow Fire Burning e-book Download

A Slow Fire Burning

Paula HawkinsAugust 31, 2021$14.99

AN INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The scorching new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train.   “ A Slow Fire Burning twists and turns lik...

Faking It with #41 e-book Download

Faking It with #41

Piper RayneSeptember 21, 2021$2.99

Fake. Being the heir to Jacobs Enterprises, I’ve been around fake people my entire life. I promised myself a long time ago that I wouldn’t change for anyone. Which is the only reason I...

The Love Hypothesis e-book Download

The Love Hypothesis

Ali HazelwoodSeptember 14, 2021$9.99

A BuzzFeed Best Summer Read of 2021 When a fake relationship between scientists meets the irresistible force of attraction, it throws one woman's carefully calculated theories on love into c...

Change Sings e-book Download

Change Sings

Amanda Gorman & Loren LongSeptember 21, 2021$10.99

A lyrical picture book debut from #1 New York Times bestselling author and  presidential inaugural poet Amanda Gorman and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Loren Long   "I ...

Last Round e-book Download

Last Round

Charity FerrellSeptember 21, 2021$3.99

SPECIAL PREORDER PRICE!  What’s the best way to get back at your cheating ex? Give every guy who hits on you his number.  That’s what I did when I met Silas.  Little did I...

The Jailhouse Lawyer e-book Download

The Jailhouse Lawyer

James Patterson & Nancy AllenSeptember 20, 2021$14.99

From James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling author: a young lawyer takes on the judge who is destroying her hometown—and ends up in jail herself. In picture-perfect Erva, Alabama, the...

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo e-book Download

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Taylor Jenkins ReidJune 13, 2017$13.99

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “If you ’ re looking for a book to take on holiday this summer, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo has got all the glitz and glamour to make it a perfect beach r...

Bewilderment: A Novel e-book Download

Bewilderment: A Novel

Richard PowersSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

Shortlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize Longlisted for the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction A heartrending new novel from the Pulitzer Prize–winning and #1 New York Times best-selling au...

The Contrarian e-book Download

The Contrarian

Max ChafkinSeptember 21, 2021$14.99

A biography of venture capitalist and entrepreneur Peter Thiel, the enigmatic, controversial, and hugely influential power broker who sits at the dynamic intersection of tech, business, and ...

Riccardino e-book Download

Riccardino

Andrea Camilleri & Stephen SartarelliSeptember 21, 2021$11.99

The long-awaited last novel in the transporting and beloved New York Times bestselling Inspector Montalbano series "At eighty, I foresaw Montalbano's departure from the scene, I got the idea...

Not Like He Seemed (An Ilse Beck FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 2) e-book Download

Not Like He Seemed (An Ilse Beck FBI Suspense Thriller—Book 2)

Ava StrongSeptember 21, 2021$3.99

The FBI desperately needs Ilse’s help to catch the “Alphabet Killer”—an unhinged serial killer who seems to be arranging his victims’ bodies in the shapes of letters. Is he spellin...

Risky Bargain e-book Download

Risky Bargain

Barbara FreethySeptember 21, 2021$5.99

"RISKY BARGAIN is a fast-paced, action-packed Romantic Suspense that is both a complex thriller and a heart-warming romance. It’ll blow your socks off and make you feel warm and fuzzy, all...

Inmate of the Month e-book Download

Inmate of the Month

Lani Lynn ValeSeptember 21, 2021$5.99

A porn video changed his life. One second, he has an ex with an ax to grind, and the next, he’s internet famous—and definitely not in a good way. In an, it’ll ruin your career, kind of...

Apples Never Fall e-book Download

Apples Never Fall

Liane MoriartySeptember 14, 2021$14.99

From Liane Moriarty, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Big Little Lies and Nine Perfect Strangers , comes Apples Never Fall , a novel that looks at marriage, siblings, and how the ...

When Sparks Fly e-book Download

When Sparks Fly

Helena HuntingSeptember 21, 2021$7.99

Charming, hilarious, and emotional... When Sparks Fly is Helena Hunting at her very best! Avery Spark is living her best life. Between her friends, her sisters, and Spark House, the event ho...

Battle Cry e-book Download

Battle Cry

Jason WilsonSeptember 21, 2021$9.99

Countering a culture that coerces men to suppress instead of express, Jason Wilson calls readers to unlearn society's definition of masculinity and discover the power of engaging with a...

Best Seller Katherine Patterson Audio Books of September 2021

Peril (Unabridged) audiobook
Peril (Unabridged)Bob Woodward & Robert Costa$14.99

Listen Peril (Unabridged) - Bob Woodward & Robert Costa audiobook, mp3 download.

Greenlights (Unabridged) audiobook
Greenlights (Unabridged)Matthew McConaughey$14.99

Listen Greenlights (Unabridged) - Matthew McConaughey audiobook, mp3 download.

The Rules of Magic (Unabridged) audiobook
The Rules of Magic (Unabridged)Alice Hoffman$3.99

Listen The Rules of Magic (Unabridged) - Alice Hoffman audiobook, mp3 download.

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds (Unabridged) audiobook
Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds (Unabridged)David Goggins$21.99

Listen Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds (Unabridged) - David Goggins audiobook, mp3 download.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck audiobook
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckMark Manson$14.99

Listen The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson audiobook, mp3 download.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (Unabridged) audiobook
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (Unabridged)James Clear$14.99

Listen Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones (Unabridged) - James Clear audiobook, mp3 download.

Enemy at the Gates (Unabridged) audiobook
Enemy at the Gates (Unabridged)Vince Flynn$14.99

Listen Enemy at the Gates (Unabridged) - Vince Flynn audiobook, mp3 download.

Based on a True Story: A Memoir (Unabridged) audiobook
Based on a True Story: A Memoir (Unabridged)Norm Macdonald$14.99

Listen Based on a True Story: A Memoir (Unabridged) - Norm Macdonald audiobook, mp3 download.

The Four Agreements (Unabridged) audiobook
The Four Agreements (Unabridged)Don Miguel Ruiz$8.99

Listen The Four Agreements (Unabridged) - Don Miguel Ruiz audiobook, mp3 download.

A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life (Unabridged) audiobook
A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life (Unabridged)Heather Heying & Bret Weinstein$14.99

Listen A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century: Evolution and the Challenges of Modern Life (Unabridged) - Heather Heying & Bret Weinstein audiobook, mp3 download.

You were invited to try Coinbase!Coinbase is the world's most trusted place to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Open an account today, and if you buy or sell $100 or more of crypto, you'll receive $10 worth of free Bitcoin!