Biography of Paul Fleischman

Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California, hearing his father, the author Sid Fleischman, read his books out loud. Both father and son would end up winning the Newbery Medal—Sid for The Whipping Boy in 1987, and Paul for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices in 1989.

Paul Fleischman has also received a Newbery Honor for Graven Images, the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for Bull Run, and the California Young Reader Medal for Weslandia. He was also a National Book Award finalist for Breakout. In 2012 he was the United States' author candidate for the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for the entire body of his work.

Fleischman writes that “[w]ords have always been my world.” He grew up setting type for his family's hand-printing press. After graduating from the University of New Mexico, he worked as a bookstore clerk, library shelver, and textbook proofreader, before dedicating his life to writing books. Since then he has written multi-voice poems, plays, novels, and short stories for both adults and children. He currently lives in California with his family.

Study Guides on Works by Paul Fleischman

Seedfolks is a children’s novella written by Paul Fleischman and illustrated by Judy Peterson. The novella was published in 1997. In the novella, a culturally diverse group of residents in the Gibb Street area of Cleveland, Ohio, come together to...