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Author Katherine Paterson Wins Award For Lifetime Of Achievement In Children's Lit

Montpelier author Katherine Paterson is being recognized for her body of work in children's literature.
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Montpelier author Katherine Paterson is being recognized for her body of work in children's literature.

Author Katherine Paterson, who lives in Montpelier, is being recognized for “an exceptional lifetime body of work" by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Paterson is known for books for kids and young adults like Bridge to Terabithia, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Jacob Have I Loved, and many others. She took home this year’s E.B. White Award—a prize she says has personal significance.

"Any award that has the name E.B. White attached to it brings with it a great thrill of joy, since he’s one of my real heroes," Paterson told Vermont Edition. "He probably was one of the best writers in America, and yet he respected children so much that he wrote some of his best work for them. And that makes me incredibly happy."

Paterson has also twice won the National Book Award and the Newbery Medal.

Correction 11:08 a.m. A previous version of this post misspelled Newbery Medal. It has been corrected.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.
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