Katherine Paterson is an American author born in China best known for children’s literature. A resident of Vermont, she has won two Newbery Medals and two National Book Awards, among many other high honors. She served as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature at the Library of Congress in 2010 and 2011. She recently received the E. B. White award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for her lifetime achievements in children’s and young adult literature. Katherine Paterson’s efforts to promote literacy in the U.S. and abroad are also a great accomplishment.
Her long list of over 30 books, includes Bridge to Terabithia, Lyddie,--the story of a mill girl in Lowell, Massachusetts, in the 1840s--, and today’s focus for the award, Bread and Roses, Too, the story of Lawrence’s 1912 strike told from young people’s point of view.
More than any other author, Paterson has brought the experiences of mill workers and their struggles for social justice alive for young readers, not only in Lawrence, but all over the world. Her book was inspired by the history and experience of the children of the Lawrence strikers hosted by families in Barre, Vermont, during the strike.
The Bread and Roses Heritage Committee is proud to present the 2019 Bread and Roses Hall of Fame Award to Katherine Paterson for her outstanding contributions to the legacy of 1912 and its importance for young people of many cultures and traditions.
Katherine Paterson will present at the Lawrence History Live speakers’ tent at 2:35 p.m. She will sign books. The award ceremony is at 4:00 p.m.