Christopher Paul Curtis Author Study
Christopher Paul Curtis confronts powerful issues in his books. Racism, family, love, and hope are recurring themes in novels such as the Newbery Honor-winning The Watsons Go To Birmingham—1963, Bud, Not Buddy, for which he was awarded both the Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Medal, and Elijah of Buxton, also a Newbery Honor winner and Coretta Scott King Award winner.
In a video interview in June 2007, Curtis discussed how he creates captivating characters and stories. Watch this exclusive interview to learn how the author got his start, where he finds inspiration, and how he's developed a personal writing process. Curtis also offers advice for teachers and students, an inside look at his 2007 novel Elijah of Buxton, and much more.
- Christopher Paul Curtis's Biography
- Christopher Paul Curtis's List of works
- Watch the video interview with Christopher Paul Curtis.
- Watch the Elijah of Buxton video trailer.
Enter the hilarious world of the ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan.
It's 1936, in Flint, Michigan. Ten-year-old Bud may be a motherless boy on the run, but he's on a mission.
Christopher Paul Curtis's Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of a young boy who lives in Michigan during the Great Depression.
Christopher Paul Curtis was a featured author in Scholastic's Online Reading Club, where students and teachers discussed his books. Then Christopher Paul Curtis himself joined in the conversation.
Elijah was the first free baby born in Buxton, the first person there who had never been owned by a slave master.
Use these discussion questions to teach with Christopher Paul Curtis's Coretta Scott King Award winner, Elijah of Buxton.
Curriculum connections include activities in social studies, writing, art, drama, music, and performance for Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis