Their names grace our favorite fiction books, their rocket-reaching sales have exceeded the expectations of many bestselling lists, and most are acclaimed by achievement awards, and best of all, their families.
Let’s raise our champagne flutes for our Top 7 Female Authors.
Katherine Paterson was born in China, where she spent part of her childhood. After her education in China and the American South, she spent four years in Japan, the setting for her first three novels. Paterson has received numerous awards for her writing, including National Book Awards for The Master Puppeteer and The Great Gilly Hopkins, as well as Newbery Medals for Jacob Have I Loved, and Bridge to Terabithia. Paterson lives with her husband in Vermont, and they have four grown children.
“I was one of those fortunate children who was always read to. We lived in China and thus the only English books we had access to were in our family library. Many of them were English—all the A.A. Milne books, Beatrix Potter, Kenneth Graham, Robert Louis Stevenson. We read Bible stories a lot, of course, and the Bible itself. I loved, as I got a little older, The Secret Garden, books by Robert Lawson, such as Ben and Me; and Hitty by Rachel Field. When I was eleven my mother gave me a copy of The Yearling. All of these books have remained dear to me through the years.”