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Byrd Baylor
Born March 28, 1924 (1924-03-28) (age 97)
San Antonio, Texas
Occupation Novelist
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Amigo

Byrd Baylor Schweitzer (born March 28, 1924) is an American novelist, essayist, and author of picture books for children. Four of her books have achieved Caldecott Honor status.

Background

Byrd Baylor was born in March 1924 in San Antonio, Texas. She is related to Robert Emmett Bledsoe Baylor, the namesake of Baylor University, and to Admiral Richard E. Byrd. Her first name, Byrd, is taken from her mother's maiden name.

Baylor attended the University of Arizona.

Writing

Baylor's work presents images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the Native American people. Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.

Personal

Baylor currently lives in Arivaca, Arizona, in an adobe house that does not have electricity, and works with three manual typewriters.

Caldecott Honors

Baylor was awarded Caldecott Honors for her books When Clay Sings (1973) with illustrator Tom Bahti, and The Desert is Theirs (1976), Hawk, I'm Your Brother (1977), and The Way to Start a Day (1979) with illustrator Peter Parnall.

  • Amigo (1963)
  • One Small Blue Bead (1965; illustrated by Symeon Shimin)
  • Before You Came This Way (1969)
  • Coyote Cry (1972)
  • When Clay Sings (1972)
  • Sometimes I Dance Mountains (1973)
  • Everybody Needs a Rock (1974; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
  • The Desert is Theirs (1975; illustrated by Peter Parnall) (Caldecott Honor)
  • Hawk, I’m Your Brother (1976; illustrated by Peter Parnall) (Caldecott Honor)
  • Yes Is Better than No (1977; with illustrations by Leonard Chana, 1990)
  • The Way to Start a Day (1978; illustrated by Peter Parnall) (Caldecott Honor)
  • The Other Way to Listen (1978; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
  • Your Own Best Secret Place (1979; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
  • If You Are a Hunter of Fossils (1980; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
  • Desert Voices (1981; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
  • I'm In Charge of Celebrations (1986; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
  • The Table Where Rich People Sit (1994; illustrated by Peter Parnall)
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