Byrd Baylor

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Byrd Baylor
Born (1924-03-28) 28 March 1924 (age 97)
San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Novelist
Genre Children's literature

Byrd Baylor Schweitzer (born 1924) is an American novelist, essayist, and author of picture books for children. Four of her books have achieved Caldecott Honor status.

Background

Byrd Baylor was born on 28 March 1924 in San Antonio, Texas.[1] She is related to Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, the namesake of Baylor University, and to Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Her first name, Byrd, is taken from her mother's maiden name.[2]

Baylor attended the University of Arizona.[1]

Writing

Baylor's work presents images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the Native American people.[1] Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.[3]

Personal

Baylor currently lives in Arivaca, Arizona, in an adobe house that does not have electricity, but with three manual typewriters.[4]

Caldecott Honors

Baylor was awarded Caldecott Honors for her books When Clay Sings (1973) with illustrator Tom Bahti, and The Desert is Theirs (1976), Hawk, I'm Your Brother (1977), and The Way to Start a Day (1979) with illustrator Peter Parnall.[5]

Bibliography

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Byrd Baylor Papers." University of Minnesota: The Children's Literature Research Collections. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. "Bonnie Henry : Desert druid writes on". Retrieved 28 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Birthday Bios: Byrd Baylor". Retrieved 28 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Authors Attending the 2004 Northern Arizona Book Festival". Retrieved 28 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present". Retrieved 28 May 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>