Carmen Agra Deedy

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Carmen Agra Deedy
BornHavana, Cuba
Occupationauthor, storyteller
GenreChildren's literature
Notable works14 Cows for America, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, The Yellow Star, The Library Dragon
Notable awardsPura Belpre Honor, Odyssey Honor, Christopher Award, Jane Adams Peace Prize Honor, Bologna Ragazzi Award for Children's Non-Fiction, Parents Choice Gold

Carmen Agra Deedy is an author of children’s literature, storyteller and radio contributor.

Early life[edit]

Born in Havana, Cuba, she migrated to the United States with her family in 1963 after the Cuban Revolution. Deedy grew up in Decatur, Georgia.[1]


As a storyteller, Deedy has performed across the United States and Canada including the Disney Institute, the New Victory Theater, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Kennedy Center as well as numerous storytelling festivals including the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the Athens Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, the Southern Ohio Storytelling Festival and as a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival. She delivered the 2010 commencement address for the women's college of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, where she was also awarded an honorary doctorate.[2]

Children’s books[edit]


Deedy is the author of nine children’s books written in English, with two titles published in Spanish. All of her books were published by Peachtree Publishers.[3] They are listed below. Some with the honors they have received.



Deedy has contributed to National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered and Latino USA. Her audio collection of twelve short stories originally heard on NPR, Growing up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia, (Peachtree Publishers, 2004) was named Publishers Weekly 1995 Best Audiobook—Adult Storytelling and received the Parents' Choice Gold Award 1996. Deedy's most recent audio recording is her CD for Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, which includes a reading of the book in both English and Spanish, as well as a performance version of the story. That CD is an ALA Notable Children's Recording and an Odyssey Award Honor.

Personal life[edit]

Deedy is married to musician John McCutcheon.[6] She lives in Decatur, Georgia.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Dempsey-Colson, Margaret (May 27, 2016). "Decatur author Carmen Agra Deedy's tips to inspire a love of reading". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  2. ^ "Author Carmen Deedy Charges Brenau Graduates to Continue Learning While Becoming Teachers - Brenau University". Brenau University. 2011-08-26. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  3. ^ "Peachtree Publishers". Peachtree Publishers. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ "Winners". California Young Reader Medal. Archived from the original on 2011-05-27. Retrieved 2011-05-08.
  5. ^ Kristof, Nicholas D. (2009-11-08). "Foreign Aid". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  6. ^ a b Lodge, Sally (September 22, 2011). "Q & A with Carmen Agra Deedy and Randall Wright". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2017-08-31.
  7. ^ Meizner, Kathie; Quattlebaum, Mary; Nolan, Abby McGanney (2017-03-06). "The perfect children's book for kids who won't be quiet". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2017-08-31.

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