Known best on her behalf contributions towards the Dear America historical fiction series, she also penned an installment of Scholastic Press’s Royal Diaries series. Between 1990 and 1995, she received three Coretta Scott Ruler Honours and was a finalist for the esteemed Newbery Medal. After participating in Tennessee State School, she briefly proved helpful as a higher school instructor and continued to create a 1984 biography of her preferred poet, Paul Lawrence Dunbar. She penned many personal youth memoirs, like the Dark Thirty and Someplace Particular. Her husband, USA Marine-turned-U.S. Military engineer Frederick McKissack, collaborated with her on the youth-geared group of biographies of prominent African-Americans. In 2002, she released a biography of acclaimed Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.