Robert D. San Souci: Children's Literature

Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Peter J. Shields Library Lobby Display Cases
Winter Quarter 2008

In honor of the Fourth Annual UC Davis Children's Literature Lecture, the UC Davis University Library presents an exhibit of selected works of noted young adult and children's book author Robert D. San Souci. Mr. San Souci will be the featured speaker at the Mondavi Center on February 27, 2008. This event is co-sponsored by the UC Davis School of Education and the UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Author of both adult and children's books, Robert D. San Souci is highly regarded for his adaptations of folk tales from around the world. These include such popular titles as The Samurai's Daughter, The Enchanted Tapestry, The Talking Eggs, Sukey and the Mermaid, Cut from the Same Cloth, The Hired Hand, A Weave of Words, and the Caldecott Honor book The Faithful Friend. San Souci's work features female and male heroes from many different places and ethnicities, with a particular emphasis on strong female protagonists. Robert D. San Souci was born in San Francisco and still makes his home in the Bay area. His educational background includes graduate work in folklore, myth, and world religions. San Souci's career writing children's books began with a book based on a Blackfeet Native American tale. The Legend of Scarface is about a young warrior cut off from the others of his tribe in part because of a birthmark on his face. This debut title was illustrated by San Souci's brother, Daniel; this sibling collaboration has continued throughout San Souci's career.

For additional information about this exhibit, please contact Humanities, Social Sciences & Government Information Services Librarian Roberto Delgadillo, (530) 752‑8266 or