Awards & Winners

Lynne Rae Perkins

Date of Birth 31-July-1956
Place of Birth Pittsburgh
(United States of America, Pennsylvania, Allegheny County, Area code 412, Area code 878)
Nationality United States of America
Profession Writer, Illustrator
Lynne Rae Perkins is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. Her novel Criss Cross, winner of the 2006 Newbery Medal, is a book of vignettes, illustrations, photographs, and poems about a group of four small-town teenagers. "Writing in a wry, omniscient third-person narrative voice, Perkins deftly captures the tentativeness and incompleteness of adolescence", said Award Committee Chair Barbara Barstow. "In 38 brief chapters, this poetic, postmodern novel experiments with a variety of styles: haiku, song lyrics, question-and-answer dialogue and split-screen scenarios. With seeming yet deliberate randomness, Perkins writes an orderly, innovative, and risk-taking book in which nothing happens and everything happens." Perkins' picture book Home Lovely was a runner-up for the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. Her novel All Alone in the Universe was named an ALA Notable Book, a Booklist Editor's Choice, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book, and a Smithsonian Magazine Notable Book for Children. Perkins was born and raised in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, a suburb fourteen miles northeast of Pittsburgh in the Allegheny River Valley. She earned her B.A. at The Pennsylvania State University in 1978 and her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee in 1981. She currently lives with her husband and two children in Suttons Bay, Michigan.

Awards by Lynne Rae Perkins

Check all the awards nominated and won by Lynne Rae Perkins.


Nominations 2007 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award Criss Cross
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John Newbery Medal
Honored for : Criss Cross

Nominations 2006 »

Award Nominated Nominated Work
John Newbery Medal Criss Cross