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Christopher Paul Curtis

Christopher Paul Curtis was awarded both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor for his debut book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 , and won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his second book, Bud, Not Buddy . Mr. Curtis is also the author of the Golden Kite Award-winning Bucking the Sarge , as well as Mr. Chickee's Funny Money , Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission , and the Newbery Honor book Elijah of Buxton .