Katherine Paterson served as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature 2010-2011. Her international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the United States and abroad. She is a two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, and she has received many other accolades for her works, including the Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, and the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, given by her home state of Vermont. Katherine Paterson was also named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000. She lives in Barre, Vermont. John Paterson (1932-2013) collaborated with wife, Katherine, on Consider the Lilies Plants of the Bible, Images of God, and Blueberries for the Queen.