Kate DiCamillo

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Kate DiCamillo
DiCamillo at the 2018 National Book Festival
DiCamillo at the 2018 National Book Festival
Born (1964-03-25) March 25, 1964 (age 57)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenreChildren's fiction
Notable works
Notable awardsNewbery Medal
2004, 2014
National Ambassador for Young People's Literature


Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo (born March 25, 1964)[1] 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 lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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.[2][3][4]


Kate DiCamillo was born on March 25th, 1964 in Philadelphia.


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.[5] She won the 2000 Josette Frank Award for Because of Winn-Dixie[6] and the 2006 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award in the children's fiction category for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.[7] 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".[8]

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.[9]

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



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.[12]

Walt Disney Pictures released Flora & Ulysses (film) on 19 February 2021. This film was released through internet streaming.[13]

Netflix began production of a movie based on the book The Magician's Elephant in December 2020.[14]


DiCamillo in 2016



Chapter books[edit]

  • 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)200000000
    • 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[edit]

  • 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[edit]

  • "An Ordinary Boy", in Spider magazine for children (vol. 8, issue 9, September 2001)[16]
  • "Super Tulip", Spider (vol. 8, issue 9, September 2001)[17]
  • "Visit", Spider (vol. 9, issue 1, January 2002)[18]
  • "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)[19][20]


  1. ^ "Ninth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators Sample Profile: Kate DeCamillo". The H.W. Wilson Company (wilsonbiographies.com). Archived from the original on 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2009-12-10. Includes "Autobiographical Statement" by DiCamillo".
  2. ^ Julie Bosman (January 2, 2014). "Newbery Winner to Promote Her Genre". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  3. ^ Sue Corbett (January 2, 2014). "Kate DiCamillo Named Next National Ambassador for Young People's Literature". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  4. ^ Monica Hesse (January 2, 2014). "Kate DiCamillo, author of 'Because of Winn Dixie', named children's literature ambassador". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  5. ^ a b "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922–Present". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC). American Library Association (ALA).
      "The John Newbery Medal". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  6. ^ "Awards" Archived 2018-05-28 at the Wayback Machine. The Children's Book Committee. Bank Street College of Education (bankstreet.edu). Retrieved 2015-10-29. With linked lists of past winners by decade.
  7. ^ "Past Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Winners" [1967–2014]. The Horn Book. May 30, 2011 [sic]. Retrieved 2015-10-29
  8. ^ a b "(Theodor Seuss) Geisel Award winners and honor books, 2006–present". ALSC. ALA.
      "Theodor Seuss Geisel Award". ALSC. ALA. Retrieved 2015-10-29.
  9. ^ Bird, Elizabeth (July 7, 2012). "Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results". A Fuse #8 Production. Blog. School Library Journal (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com). Archived from the original on July 13, 2012. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  10. ^ "National Book Awards – 2001". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  11. ^ "Guardian children's fiction award shortlist 2014". Emily Drabble. The Guardian. October 10, 2016
  12. ^ The Tale of Desperaux Archived 2008-07-02 at the Wayback Machine (film). Universal Studios Entertainment.
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  14. ^ [2]
  15. ^ "DiCamillo, Kate". Library of Congress Authorities (lccn.loc.gov). Retrieved 2012-04-13. Point of entry to LC Online Catalog entries for books by Kate DiCamillo.
  16. ^ "An Ordinary Boy". EBSCOhost. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  17. ^ "Stupid Tulip". EBSCOhost. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  18. ^ "A Rowdy Visit". EBSCOhost. Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  19. ^ "Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Allsburg will discuss The Chronicles of Harris Burdick at the Fitzgerald". Laurie Hertzel. Updated October 29, 2011. THE BOOKMARK: The latest from the local scene. Minneapolis StarTribune (startribune.com). Retrieved 2012-04-13.
  20. ^ "The Chronicles of Harris Burdick: Fourteen Amazing Authors Tell the Tales". goodreads. Retrieved 2012-04-13.

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