Byrd Baylor

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Byrd Baylor
Born (1924-03-28) March 28, 1924 (age 96)
San Antonio, Texas
GenreChildren's literature
Notable worksAmigo

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.


Byrd Baylor was born in March 1924 in San Antonio, Texas.[1] 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.[2]

Baylor attended the University of Arizona.[1]


Baylor's work presents images of the Southwest and an intense connection between the land and the Native American people.[1] Her prose illustrates vividly the value of simplicity, the natural world, and the balance of life within it.[3]


Baylor currently lives in Arivaca, Arizona, in an adobe house that does not have electricity, and works with three manual typewriters.[4]

Caldecott Honors[edit]

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.[5]



  1. ^ a b c "Byrd Baylor Papers." University of Minnesota: The Children's Literature Research Collections. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Bonnie Henry : Desert druid writes on". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Birthday Bios: Byrd Baylor". Archived from the original on 12 May 2012. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Authors Attending the 2004 Northern Arizona Book Festival". Archived from the original on 25 August 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present". Retrieved 28 May 2012.