John and Patricia Beatty

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John and Patricia Beatty were married American writers, an academic historian and a children's librarian. They wrote several books together until John Beatty's death in 1975, after which Patricia Beatty continued to write until her death in 1991,

John Beatty[edit]

John Louis Beatty was born on January 24, 1922 in Portland, Oregon and later became a history professor. He wrote ten books with his wife Patricia and helped edit a two-volume historical text entitled Heritage of Western Civilization.[1] Beatty served as an assistant professor of history and humanities at the University of California, Riverside and died on March 23, 1975 in Riverside, California.[2]

==Patricia Beatty==

Patricia Beatty was born August 26, 1922, in Portland, Oregon. She spent part of her life in the Pacific Northwest and occasionally resided on Indian reservations.[3] Beatty graduated from Reed College in Portland and has worked as a children's librarian and a high school teacher.[3] She has written fifty books, ten of which were with her first husband John Beatty. She remarried in 1975 to Carl Uhr, an economics professor at the University of California.[4] She died on July 9, 1991.[5]

Awards and accolades[edit]

For Patricia Beatty[edit]

For both Beattys[edit]

  • 1963 New York Times One Hundred Outstanding Books for Young People for At the Seven Stars[7]
  • 1965 Commonwealth Club of California Medal for best juvenile by a California author for Campion Towers[7]
  • 1966 Horn Book honor list for A Donkey for the King[7]
  • 1967 Southern California Council on Children's and Young People's Literature Medal for The Young Dirk[7]


John and Patricia Beatty Award[edit]

The John and Patricia Beatty Award is an award given by the California Library Association. The award was sponsored by Baker and Taylor until 2012 and Better World Books beginning in 2013. The Beatty Award "honors the author of a distinguished book for children or young adults that best promotes an awareness of California and its people".[20] Patricia Beatty contributed towards the initial funding of the award, which was named after her and her husband. The award was first established in 1990 and the winner of the award receives a prize of $500 and an engraved plaque.[20][21][22]


  1. ^ Gillespie, John Thomas (2008). Historical Fiction for Young Readers (grades 4-8): An Introduction. Libraries Unlimited. p. 45. ISBN 1591586216. 
  2. ^ "1977, University of California: In Memoriam". University of California (System) Academic Senate, Author. May 1977. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Patricia Beatty, Award-winning Author Of Books For Children". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Birthday Bios: Patricia Beatty". Children's Literature Network (Highlights). Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ Sharon Bannister, Twyla R. Well (1995). Teaching American History Through the Novel. J Weston Walch. pp. 23–26. ISBN 0825127467. 
  6. ^ a b "Patricia Beatty; Prolific Children's Author". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h Bernice E. Cullinan, Diane Goetz Person (2005). The Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Continuum. p. 71. ISBN 0826417787. 
  8. ^ "Civil War book wins fiction award". The Tuscaloosa News. April 1, 1988. Retrieved April 13, 2013. 
  9. ^ "THE JUNIOR BOOKSHELF". Chicago Tribune. October 31, 1965. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Review: SQUAW DOG". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Children's Corner". Boston Globe. April 20, 1966. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ OSTERMANN, ROBERT (April 7, 1968). "WITCH DOG. By John and Patricia Beatty. 254 pp. New York: William Morrow & Co. $3.50.; For Ages 12 to 16.". New York Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Dull Study of Brother Earls". Los Angeles Times. July 18, 1965. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  15. ^ a b "Novels for teens". Christian Science Monitor. May 3, 1978. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  16. ^ "CHILDREN'S BOOKSHELF". Chicago Tribune. February 2, 1986. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Honest feelings, stories that endure". Christian Science Monitor. January 2, 1987. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Time and Place . . . and a Hidden Heroine". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  19. ^ Toni Buzzeo, Jane Kurtz (2002). Thirty-five Best Books for Teaching U.S. Regions. Teaching Resources. p. 48. ISBN 0439207630. 
  20. ^ a b "The John and Patricia Beatty Award". California Library Association. Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ "A Year of Honors". Children's Literature Network (Highlights). Retrieved May 10, 2013. 
  22. ^ Criscoe, Betty L. (1990). Award-winning books for children and young adults: an annual guide. Scarecrow Press. p. 106. ISBN 0810823365. 

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