Children’s Author Trivia Volume 28

How well do you know children’s literature? Can you name these author/illustrators?trivia-logo

58. This children’s author broke through a number of barriers in her career. She was the first African-American author to win the Newbery Medal, with M.C. Higgins the Great. She was the first children’s book author to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. She won many awards, including the Hans Christian Andersen Award. Do you know who she is?

59. Our second illustrator and author also has had numerous awards, including Caldecott Honors. Her mother had studied medical illustration, but our subject didn’t take up illustration until after trying several other careers, including a degree in French and a reporting stint that ended when she was fired. She started illustrating folktales, and then later she branched out into writing her own stories. Recently this author has been writing science books, and in 2010 one of her children’s picture books won AAAS/Subaru SB & F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Any idea who this illustrator and author might be?

Edit: The answer is now posted.

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