Katherine Paterson


Born
in Qing Jiang, China
October 31, 1932

Website

Genre

Influences


From author's website:

People are always asking me questions I don't have answers for. One is, "When did you first know that you wanted to become a writer?" The fact is that I never wanted to be a writer, at least not when I was a child, or even a young woman. Today I want very much to be a writer. But when I was ten, I wanted to be either a movie star or a missionary. When I was twenty, I wanted to get married and have lots of children.

Another question I can't answer is, "When did you begin writing?" I can't remember. I know I began reading when I was four or five, because I couldn't stand not being able to. I must have tried writing soon afterward. Fortunately, very few samples of my early writing survived the eighteen moves I made before
...more

Average rating: 3.97 · 511,159 ratings · 19,060 reviews · 122 distinct worksSimilar authors
Bridge to Terabithia

4.01 avg rating — 432,144 ratings — published 1977 — 157 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jacob Have I Loved

3.67 avg rating — 30,723 ratings — published 1980 — 16 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Great Gilly Hopkins

3.84 avg rating — 20,975 ratings — published 1978 — 66 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Lyddie

3.61 avg rating — 6,083 ratings — published 1991 — 37 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Master Puppeteer

by
3.75 avg rating — 2,991 ratings — published 1975 — 18 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Bread and Roses, Too

3.77 avg rating — 2,317 ratings — published 2006 — 11 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Same Stuff as Stars

3.89 avg rating — 1,641 ratings — published 2002 — 23 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
The Flint Heart

by
3.52 avg rating — 1,414 ratings — published 2011 — 15 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
Jip: His Story

3.71 avg rating — 1,242 ratings — published 1996 — 17 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
My Brigadista Year

3.89 avg rating — 937 ratings — published 2017 — 12 editions
Rate this book
Clear rating
More books by Katherine Paterson…
The Smallest Cow in the World Marvin's Best Christmas Pre... Marvin One Too Many
(3 books)
by
3.62 avg rating — 189 ratings

Upcoming Events

No scheduled events. Add an event.

“Reading can be a road to freedom or a key to a secret garden, which, if tended, will transform all of life.”
Katherine Paterson

“It's like the smarter you are, the more things can scare you.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

“You have to believe it and you hate it. I don't have to and I think it's beautiful.”
Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia

Polls

What frequently challenged or banned book (or book about censorship) for children and/or young adults should we read in May and June 2013?

 
  55 votes, 42.6%

 
  48 votes, 37.2%

 
  16 votes, 12.4%

 
  6 votes, 4.7%

 
  4 votes, 3.1%

More...

Topics Mentioning This Author

topics posts views last activity  
The Next Best Boo...: OFFICIAL SPRING CHALLENGE - 2009 6453 8807 Jun 14, 2009 02:57PM  
Wild Things: YA G...: YA Reading Challenge #2 - Tasks and Discussion 216 527 Oct 02, 2009 03:31PM  
Wild Things: YA G...: YA Reading Challenge #2 Report Points Here 305 322 Nov 04, 2009 01:49PM  
Pick-a-Shelf: Polly's One Shelf Down 4 37 Dec 08, 2009 09:44AM  
100+ Books in 2020: Susan's 100+ Reading Challenge 93 494 Dec 30, 2009 02:32PM  
The Next Best Boo...: JG's 2009 Reading List 30 391 Jan 10, 2010 10:30PM  
For The L♥ve of R...: Banned Books and Authors 8 50 Feb 19, 2010 05:58PM  
The Seasonal Read...: This topic has been closed to new comments. WINTER CHALLENGE 2009-2010 COMPLETED TASKS 3151 3195 Feb 28, 2010 09:02PM  
Who's Your Author?: 15 Books 27 226 Apr 02, 2010 10:49AM  


Is this you? Let us know. If not, help out and invite Katherine to Goodreads.