Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Spotlight on Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant was born in Hopewell, Virginia in 1954. When she was eight, she went to live with her grandparents in Cool Ridge, WV—the place she describes in her first children’s book, When I Was Young in the Mountains. This book won a Caldecott Honor Award for its illustrations as did The Relatives Came. Cynthia Rylant has written more than 60 books for children and young adults, one of which, Missing May won a Newbery Award Medal. In addition, A Fine White Dust is a Newbery Honor Book. Many of Rylant’s books are set in Appalachia where she grew up and celebrate the culture and spirit of the Appalachian people.


  1. Missing May was wonderful. Do you have the Christmas book called Children of Christmas? It is a collection of stories that are very touching.

    Off the subject, what is your template called? The only ones I've seen at blogger have two columns, and I'd love to try having three.

    You have such a wonderful blog; such a good idea.

  2. Hi Nan,
    Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments! I haven't read Children of Christmas, but I will add it to my list. Thanks for the recommendation.

    My template is Rounders, 3-column. I downloaded it from Blogcrowds. They have a number of 3-column templates. I really like it, but when I downloaded it, I lost my blogroll and a couple of other sidebar elements! So, if you do download a template, make sure you keep track of all that stuff!