Bud, Not Buddy
By: Christopher Curtis
SETTING (Where and when did your
story take place?)
Population =124, 943
4th largest city in Michigan
The racial makeup of the city
American 53.27% White41.39%
American0.64% Asian0.44% Pac
ific Islander0.02% Other
races1.11% From two or more
races.3.14% Hispanic or
What major U.S. Event Occurred
During Bud, Not Buddy?
The Great Depression
Worst Economic Crisis in American history.
Caused by the Stock market Crash of 1929.
Hunger, unemployment, poor living
– Towns that built up
during the Great
– Named After President
– Found in unpleasant
– Compare to ghettos and
(Who was your story
Who is bud?
What is his purpose in the story?
Can you name some other important
PLOT ( What happened in the story?)
THEME ( What was the message or
main idea of your story?)
About the Author
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Flint, Michigan, Christopher Paul Curtis spent his first 13 years
after high school on the assembly line of Flint’s historic Fisher Body
Plant #1. His job entailed hanging car doors, and it left him with an
aversion to getting into and out of large automobiles—particularly big
Curtis’s writing—and his dedication to it—has been greatly influenced
by his family members, particularly his wife, Kaysandra. With
grandfathers like Earl “Lefty” Lewis, a Negro Baseball League pitcher,
and 1930s bandleader Herman E. Curtis, Sr., of Herman Curtis and
the Dusky Devastators of the Depression, it is easy to see why
Christopher Paul Curtis was destined to become an entertainer.
Christopher Paul Curtis made an outstanding debut in children’s
literature with The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963. His second
novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the
Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.
Newberry Medal –
– named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery.
– It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children,
a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most
distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Coretta Scott King Award –
– Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding
inspirational and educational contributions,
– promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and
their contribution to the realization of the American dream.
– Honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.