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May 2018 Notable Maryland Author Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard

Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, (1927 - )

“My mission broadly is to get kids connected to books ... I want to remind children that they have stories.”

Born in Baltimore, raised in Boston, and currently living in Pittsburgh, Howard is the author of ten picture books for children and is the recipient of the 2005 Maryland Author Award. In many of her picture books, Howard recalls her Maryland roots such as in the much-loved Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later). In The Train to Lulu’s, Howard recalls trips she and her sister took to Baltimore as children to visit their Aunt Lulu.

Howard has been praised for showcasing strong intergenerational relationships and for her portrayal of African American families. For example, In Papa Tells Chita a Story, the author shows a loving relationship between a father and daughter.

Before she began writing, Howard was a children’s librarian and professor of children’s literature and library science. She received her M.L.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Her books have won various awards including a Coretta Scott King Honor Award.

Genre – Picture Story Book

These books contain pictures or illustrations that complement the story, often mirroring the plot. Both the text and the illustrations are important to the story. The pictures are the "eye-candy" that gets people's attention and the text tells the complete story. A partial reading list includes: Aunt Flossie’s Hats (and Crab Cakes Later); The Train to Lulu’s; Papa Tells Chita a Story; What’s in Aunt Mary’s Room?; Flower Girl Butterflies.

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