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Kate DiCamillo
DiCamillo at the 2018 National Book Festival
DiCamillo at the 2018 National Book Festival
Born Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo
March 25, 1964 (1964-03-25) (age 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Genre Children's fiction
Notable works
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • The Tiger Rising
  • The Tale of Despereaux
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
  • Mercy Watson series
Notable awards Newbery Medal
2004, 2014
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature
2014–15

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Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo is an American writer of children's fiction for all reading levels, usually featuring animals. She is one of six people to win two Newbery Medals, recognizing her novels The Tale of Despereaux (2003) and Flora & Ulysses (2013). Her best-known books for young children are the Mercy Watson series, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen.

DiCamillo was the U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, appointed by the Library of Congress for the term comprising 2014 and 2015.

Recognition

DiCamillo won the American Library Association's Newbery Medal, which recognizes the previous year's "most distinguished contribution to American literature for children," in 2004 for The Tale of Despereaux and again in 2014 for Flora & Ulysses; since the award's introduction in 1922, only six writers have won two of the annual awards. She won the 2000 Josette Frank Award for Because of Winn-Dixie and the 2006 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award in the children's fiction category for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. She, co-writer Alison McGhee, and illustrator Tony Fucile won the ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Medal in 2011, recognizing Bink and Gollie as the previous year's "most distinguished book for beginning readers".

In 2012 Winn-Dixie was ranked number 30 among all-time children's novels in a survey published by School Library Journal, a monthly with primarily U.S. audience. Despereaux (51) and Edward Tulane (59) also made the Top 100 list.

DiCamillo is the fourth U.S. National Ambassador for Young People's Literature.

Other
  • 1998 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers
  • 2001 Newbery Honor Book, Because of Winn-Dixie
  • 2001 finalist, National Book Award for Young People's Literature, The Tiger Rising
  • 2007 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, DiCamillo and illustrator Chris Van Dusen
  • 2014 shortlist, Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, Flora & Ulysses
  • 2019 Regina Medal

Movies

In 2005, Because of Winn-Dixie was released as a film by 20th Century Fox. Universal Pictures released The Tale of Despereaux on December 19, 2008. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was optioned by New Line Cinema and is in early pre-production. In 2013, Robert Zemeckis signed on to direct the Edward Tulane movie. 20th Century Fox has hired Martin Hynes to write a script based on the book, The Magician's Elephant.

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DiCamillo in 2016

Novels

  • Because of Winn-Dixie (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2000)
  • The Tiger Rising (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2001)
  • The Tale of Despereaux (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2003), illus. Timothy Basil Ering
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2006), illus. Bagram Ibatoulline
  • The Magician's Elephant (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2009), illus. Yoko Tanaka
  • Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2013), illus. K. G. Campbell
  • Raymie Nightingale (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2016)
  • Louisiana's way home (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2018)
  • Beverly, right here (Somerville (MA): Candlewick Press, 2019)

Chapter books

  • Bink & Gollie series, text by DiCamillo and Alison McGhee, illus. Tony Fucile
    • Bink & Gollie (2010)
    • Bink & Gollie: Two for One (2012)
    • Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever (2013)
  • Mercy Watson series (Candlewick Press), text by DiCamillo, illus. Chris Van Dusen
    • Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005)
    • Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2006)
    • Mercy Watson Fights Crime (2006)
    • Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (2007)
    • Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (2008)
    • Mercy Watson: Something Wonky This Way Comes (2009)
  • Tales from Deckawoo Drive series, text by DiCamillo, illus. Chris Van Dusen
    • Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume One (2014)
    • Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Two (2015)
    • Where Are You Going, Baby Lincoln?: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Three (2016)
    • Eugenia Lincoln and the Unexpected Package: Tales from Deckawoo Drive, Volume Four (2017)

Picture books

  • Great Joy (2007), illus. Bagram Ibatoulline
  • Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken (2008), illus. Harry Bliss
  • A Piglet Named Mercy (2019), illus. Chris Van Dusen

Short stories

  • "An Ordinary Boy", in Spider magazine for children (vol. 8, issue 9, September 2001)
  • "Super Tulip", Spider (vol. 8, issue 9, September 2001)
  • "Visit", Spider (vol. 9, issue 1, January 2002)
  • "The Third Floor Bedroom", in Chris Van Allsburg, et al., The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011)
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