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Encyclopedia > Cynthia Rylant

Cynthia Rylant (born June 6, 1954) is the author of over 60 children's books in English and Spanish, including works in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining // 1508 - Maximilian I, Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year truce and cede several territories to Venice 1513... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ...

Rylant was born in Hopewell, Virginia. Her parents divorced when she was four years old, and she was sent to live with her grandparents in Cool Ridge, West Virginia while her mother attended nursing school. Four years later she moved back with her mother, who had relocated to Beaver, West Virginia. Waterfront at City Point, Virginia (now Hopewell) in 1865 Hopewell is an independent city in the state of Virginia. ... Beaver is a census-designated place located in Raleigh County, West Virginia. ...

Growing up in the Appalachian region of the U.S. during the 1960s, Rylant lived in a very depressed economic environment. As a result, she never saw children's books as a child; she was not introduced to the genre until she was 23 years old. However her childhood was the major influence on her works, and most of them deal with life in the Appalachian region. The Appalachian Mountains are a system of North American mountains running from Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada to Alabama in the United States, although the northernmost mainland portion ends at the Gaspe Peninsula of Quebec. ...

Rylant earned a B.A. degree from Morris Harvey College in 1975 and a M.A. degree from Marshall University in 1976. Unable to find a job in her field after completing college, she first worked as a waitress and later as a librarian, where she became acquainted with children's books. She wrote her first book, When I Was Young in the Mountains, a year later. It took her an hour to complete. This book earned an American Book Award in 1982. Bachelor of Arts (B.A., BA or A.B.), from the Latin Artium Baccalaureus is an undergraduate bachelors degree awarded for either a course or a program in the liberal arts or the sciences, or both. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... A masters degree is an academic degree usually awarded for completion of a postgraduate (or graduate) course of one to three years in duration. ... Marshall University is a public university based in Huntington, West Virginia. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ...

Rylant was awarded a Newbery Medal for her book Missing May in 1993. That year also she donated her manuscripts to the library of Kent State University, where she had received a M.L.S. degree in 1981, and relocated to Eugene, Oregon, where she still resides. The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ... Missing May is a childrens book, the recipient of the 1993 Newbery Medal. ... Kent State University (also known as Kent State or KSU) is a major public research university located in Kent, Ohio, United States, which is about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland, 12 miles east of Akron, and 30 miles west of Youngstown. ... 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: The Emerald City Motto: The Worlds Greatest City for the Arts and Outdoors. ...

Rylant's most famous books today are the Henry and Mudge books, illustrated by Sucie Stevenson.

External link

  • Cynthia Rylant's website

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Despite her many awards, Rylant is most recognizable, by many people, as the creator of the "Henry and Mudge" series, illustrated by Su├žie Stevenson.
Rylant knows the pleasures of simplicity, the comfort of companionship and the joy to be found in overcoming obstacles.
Rylant shares the stories of seven of the Heavenly Village's inhabitants in brief, intertwined chapters.
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