Kids Club Author of the Month – James Patterson
By Lisa Bulpin
James oh dear James Patterson, not only are you an amazing crime and thriller author you’re a fantastic children’s author to and we love you for it!
James Patterson was born on the 22 March 1947 in New York. His mother was a teacher and homemaker and his father was an insurance broker.
James was a very bright child and when he grew up he graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English from Manhattan College and summa cum laude with an M.A. in English from Vanderbilt University.
James published his first novel in 1976. It was called The Thomas Berryman Number and features his much loved character Alex Cross.
He worked in advertising during this time until 1996, after that he dedicated all his time to writing. He published his first novel in 1976
He has written tons of novels since then as has been hailed one of the busiest people in publishing.
NOT only does he spend his time writing fantastic stories, he also is someone who makes and effort to give back to the community. He funds numerous scholarships and has created a website called ReadKiddoRead.com which is dedicated to inspiring little children to read.
He has written a great selection of children’s books so far:
Public School Super Hero’s
Some interesting facts about James Patterson
- He has won numerous awards such as:
– Children’s Choice Book Awards
– National Parenting Publications Honours Awards
– International Reading Association’s Young Adults’ Choices Booklist
– American Library Association “Teens Top Ten” Pick
– London Times Book Sense Children’s Pick
– 2011 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, Nominee
- He has sold over 300 million books
- He has sold more books than Stephen King and Dan Brown
- He hold the Guinness World Record for being the first author to sell over 1 million e-books
- In 2011, it was estimated that one in four of all hardcover suspense/thrillers that were sold where his.
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