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Christopher Paul Curtis
Transcript of Christopher Paul Curtis
by Matthew Durant 4 Christopher Paul Curtis knew he did not want to work in a factory forever. He went to college at the University of Michigan. His wife encouraged him to become a writer. He stopped working for a year and went to the library and wrote. He had so much fun that he decided to become a full-time writer. He wrote about what he knew. His first book, The Watson's Go to Birmingham - 1963 was based on a family from Flint. While doing his research in the library one of the things he learned about was entering writing contests to get books published. He entered the Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963 into two contests and he lost. Random House publishing company decided to publish it anyway. They told him it should be a children's book. He was happy to have it published especially because he was given a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Book Award. The Newbery Honor is one of the highest honors given for children's books. It is given by the Association for Library Service to Children. The Coretta Scott King Book Award is given to African American authors for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions. As I mentioned in the beginning,
Christopher went on to write other books. He likes to try and imagine himself as a character in his books. With Elijah of Buxton he wrote the character as a free person who was the son of slaves because he could not imagine himself being a slave. Elijah's family lives in the free community of Buxton. This book also won the Newbery Honor and Coretta Scott King Book Award.
5 6 As you can see with all of these facts Christopher Paul Curtis took a risk. He left his job so that he could do what he loved, write books. We are going to be reading one of his novels. I know we will enjoy it.