Cynthia Rylant is Author 1 of the new 12 Authors in 4 Weeks Challenge.
Rylant's very first book, When I Was Young in the Mountains was a Caldecott Honor book because of Diane Goode's illustrations. What a wonderful way to start a writing career! The story is autobiographical, talking of the time when Cynthia lived with her grandparents in West Virginia.
Rylant writes poetry, novels for teens and children, such as the Newbery Award Winning book, Missing May, books for beginning readers like the Henry and Mudge, The High-Rise Private Eyes, and the Annie and Snowball series. She writes picture books, too, like her books about Little Whistle the guinea pig. In all, Cynthia Rylant has published 100 books.
Most famous for her books for young readers, (Henry and Mudge, and Annie and Snowball), Rylant's novels for older readers (Missing May, A Fine White Dust,) delve into subjects as deep as grief and faith and are popular with teens and adults alike.
Rylant has written poetry, biographies, novels, picture books, board books (Everyday House and others) and an autobiography But I'll be Back Again : an Album.
Click here to read what Rylant has to say about her life now.