Kate DiCamillo

Born March 25, 1964


Meet the author: https://www.katedicamillo.com/


“Kate DiCamillo, in full Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo, (born March 25, 1964, PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, U.S.), American author whose award-winning children’s books commonly confronted themes of death, separation, and loss but whose plots and prose were often exuberant and assured. She won a Newbery Medal in 2004 for The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and another in 2014 for Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2013).

As a child DiCamillo suffered from chronic pneumonia, a condition that prompted her mother, a teacher, and older brother to move with her to Florida when she was five. Though her father, an orthodontist, was scheduled to follow the family in due course, he never did. DiCamillo credited her sickly childhood with having shaped her as a writer, since she spent time alone in her bed imagining and observing. She majored in English at the University of Florida at Gainesville (B.A., 1987) and then took on various short-term jobs. In 1994 she moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she worked in a book warehouse and became drawn to children’s fiction. Her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie (2000; film 2005), was published after a young editor spotted it in the “slush pile,” a publishing house’s collection of manuscripts sent unsolicited by aspiring authors. The novel—which relates the story of 10-year-old Opal, a girl made lonely by the loss of her mother and her arrival in a new town, and the mangy dog she finds in a supermarket—was praised for its gentle humour, the clarity of its writing, and the endearing nature of its young protagonist. It was named a Newbery Honor Book.—from Britannica Encyclopedia

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Books by Kate DiCamillo

Picture books:  https://www.katedicamillo.com/books/b_picbks.html

A Piglet Named Mercy

Good Rosie


Great Joy

Louise the Adventures of a Chicken

Independent Readers/Early Chapter Books        https://www.katedicamillo.com/books/b_early.html

Tales from Deckawoo Drive series

Mercy Watson series (Theodor Geisel Honor)

Bink and Gollie series  (Theodor Geisel Medal)

Novels:   https://www.katedicamillo.com/books/b_novels.html

Beverly Right Here

Louisiana’s Way Home

Raymie Nightingale

Flora and Ulysses  (Newbery Medal)

The Magician’s Elephant

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Tale of Despereaux  (Newbery Medal)

The Tiger Rising

Because of Winn Dixie  (Newbery Honor)