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Feeling history through fiction

Paterson believes that historical fiction gives readers a chance to not just learn about history, but also to develop strong feelings about a time and place through empathy with the story's characters.

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Katherine Paterson


Katherine Paterson

Children’s Author

Katherine Paterson is the Newbery Medal-winning author of Jacob Have I Loved and Bridge to Terabithia. In these two exclusive video interviews with Reading Rockets, Katherine Paterson talks about her childhood, raising a family, the challenges and joy of writing historical fiction, the importance of families reading aloud together, and much more. In 2010, Katherine Paterson was named the second National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress and the Children’s Book Council. Paterson was honored again in 2013 with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her lasting contribution to children’s literature.