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.