Katrina Elizabeth "Kate" DiCamillo (born March 25, 1964) 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.
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.
- 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
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.
- Because of Winn-Dixie (2000)
- The Tiger Rising (2001)
- The Tale of Despereaux (2003), illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006), illus. Bagram Ibatoulline
- The Magician's Elephant (2009), illus. Yoko Tanaka
- Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2013), illus. K. G. Campbell
- Raymie Nightingale (Candlewick Press, April 12, 2016)
- Louisiana's Way Home (2018), jacket illus. Amy June Bates
- 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)
- Great Joy (2007), illus. Bagram Ibatoulline
- Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken (2008), illus. Harry Bliss
- "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)
- Official website
- Kate DiCamillo at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Kate DiCamillo on IMDb
- Kate DiCamillo at Library of Congress Authorities, with 37 catalog records
- 2002 National Book Festival webcast, October 12
- Scholastic interviews: March 2003, January 27 and January 28, 2005
- Q&A with author Kate DiCamillo, BBC, June 14, 2004
- 2004 National Book Festival webcast, October 9
- Under Cover video interview with Kate DiCamillo, School Library Journal, March 3, 2006
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