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- Author Kate DiCamillo Biography
- Kate DiCamillo Books
- Kate DiCamillo: Awards and Recognition
- Lesson Summary
Kate DiCamillo is an American author that writes young adult books. In most of her books, the main character faces insurmountable circumstances that they overcome with hope and belief in themselves. She writes for a young audience, but people of all ages around the world connect with her books. She has published many novels, chapter books, picture books, and short stories in her career.
Kate was born on March 25, 1964 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. She lived there until she was five when her mother, brother Curt, and her moved to Florida due to Kate having chronic pneumonia. Kate has said that her time being sick as a child led her to have such a vivid imagination to create her unique children's stories.
Kate majored in English and graduated college from Florida University in 1987. Kate worked for a few years around Florida, then decided to move to Minnesota in 1994. In Minnesota she worked in a book warehouse where she was inspired to start writing children's books. Her first book was written shortly after this and became an instant hit. The book was titled Because of Winn-Dixie.
Kate DiCamillo has stated that she has a strict writing routine where she writes two pages of a book five days a week. She has produced many chart topping and award winning books. She writes young adult novels, chapter books, and short stories as well as picture books for younger
Because Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux are a couple of Kate's best known literary works. She wrote her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie when she had first bad winter while living in Minnesota. She missed the warm temperatures of Florida and having a dog as a pet. Because of Winn-Dixie is a heartwarming story about a young girl and her dog and how they learn from each other and heal from a broken past. Her book, The Tales of Despereaux, is a book about a brave little mouse with big ears that does not let anything stand in the way of his dreams. Both books, as well as her other books, teach hope and perseverance to her young readers.
Some of Kate's books are discussed below in more detail.
Author Kate DiCamillo has written many novels in her career. Her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie is her most famous novel.
|Kate DiCamillo Novels|
|2000||Because of Winn-Dixie||Newbery Honor; DorothyCanfield Fisher Book|
|2001||The Tiger Rising||National Book Award Finalist|
|2003||The Tale of Despereaux||Newbery Medal Book; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book|
|2006||The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane|
|2009||The Magician's Elephant||Newbery Medal Book|
|2013||Flora & Ulysses||Newbery Medal Book|
|2016||Raymie Nightingale||National Book Award Finalist|
|2018||Louisiana's Way Home||New York #1 Bestseller|
|2019||Beverly, Right Here|
|Kate DiCamillo's Picture Books|
|Year Published||Book Title|
|2008||Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken|
|2017||La, La, La|
|2019||A Piglet Named Mercy|
|Kate DiCamillo's Chapter Books|
|Date Published||Book Title||Awards|
|2005-2009||Mercy Watson Series||Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book|
|2010-2013||Blink & Goldie Series|
|2014-1017||Tales from Deckawoo Drive Series|
|Kate DiCamillo's Short Stories|
|2001||An Ordinary Boy in Spider (Vol 8, Issue 9)|
|2001||Super Tulip in Spider (Vol 8, Issue 9)|
|2002||Visit in Spider (Vol 9, Issue 1)|
|2011||The Third Floor Bedroom|
DiCamillo's books have received many acclaimed awards, but perhaps the most prestigious book award is the John Newbery Medal. The Newbery Medal award is an annual award given by The Association for Library Service to Children and is given to an author that has made the largest impact on children's literature the year before. DiCamillo has won this award three different times:
Kate DiCamillo has received other honors as well.
A few of Kate DiCamillo's books have been made into movies. Her first book to be made a movie was Because of Winn-Dixie was made into a movie by 20th Century Fox in 2005. Her second book to be made into a movie was The Tale of Despereaux by Universal Pictures in 2008. In 2021 Disney released a movie based on Flora & Ulysses on their streaming network. Production has begun with Netflix to make a movie from The Magician's Elephant to be released in 2022.
Kate DiCamillo is an American author specializing in children and youth literature. She is the author of many novels, chapter books, picture books, and short stories. Her first book was published in the year 2000, and she is still writing to top readers still today.
She has written many top selling children's literature. Her most well known is Because of Winn Dixie that was published in 2001. This book has won her a few awards and was made into a movie by 20th Century Fox in 2005. The Tales of Despereaux is also a well known publication of DiCamillo's. This book has also received several awards and was made into a movie by Universal Pictures in 2008.
Kate DiCamillo now lives in Minnesota, she is unmarried without any children. She has a strict rule to write at least two pages in a new book five times a day. There will without doubt be more Katie DiCamillo books in the future.
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When Kate was a young child she suffered from chronic pneumonia. Her mother moved Kate and her brother to Florida for the warmer and dryer temperature when Kate was five.
Kate DiCamillo writes picture books for early readers around age seven. She also writes novels intended for young adults and adults enjoy reading them as well.
Kate DiCamillo has a degree in English from Florida University. She has always had an interest in children's literature, but her work in a book warehouse sparked her desire to begin writing.
Kate DiCamillo's most popular book is Because of Winn-Dixie. This book was published in 2001 and has won her several awards, and also was made into a movie in 2005.
Kate DiCamillo writes books for children and young adults. Her books are well well loved by young adults and adults as well.
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