Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo (born March 25, 1964) is an American children's author. She is known for her Newberry Award-winning books including Because of Winn-Dixie, adapted into film in 2005, and The Tale of Despereaux, adapted into film in 2008, and the Mercy Watson series.
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania DiCamillo suffered from chronic pneumonia. At age 5, she moved from Philadelphia to Clermont, Florida for her health with her mother and older brother, Curt DiCamillo, who would become a noted architectural historian. Her mother was a teacher. Her father stayed behind to sell his orthodontic practice and never rejoined the family in Florida.
DiCamillo majored in English at the University of Florida and worked for various jobs after graduation until moving to Minneapolis at age 30. She began writing there around working in a book warehouse, where she met a sales representative for Candlewick Press and submitted a draft of what would become Because of Winn-Dixie.
In 2005, Because of Winn-Dixie was released as a film by 20th Century Fox. A Universal Pictures release of The Tale of Despereaux was released on December 19, 2008, and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane was optioned by New Line Cinema and is in early pre-production.
Please add your review here.
(add parental guidance here)
- Because of Winn-Dixie (2000)
- The Tiger Rising (2001)
- The Tale of Despereaux (2003)
- The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (2006)
- The Magician's Elephant (2009)
- Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (2013)
Early Chapter Books
- Mercy Watson to the Rescue (2005)
- Mercy Watson Fights Crime (2006)
- Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride (2006)
- Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise (2007)
- Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig (2008)
"Great Joy," 2007
- 1998 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers
- 2000 Josette Frank Award, Because of Winn-Dixie
- 2001 Newbery Honor, Because of Winn-Dixie
- 2001 National Book Award finalist, youth category, The Tiger Rising
- 2004 Newbery Medal, The Tale of Despereaux
- 2006 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
- 2007 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
- ↑ http://wilsonbiographies.com/print/jrauthorbk_9th_dicamillo.htm
- ↑ http://www.nytimes.com/2006/02/21/books/21dica.html
- ↑ Margolies, Jane (2006-02-21). "Pleasantly Stunned, a Star Children's Author Hits the Tour Trail Again". The New York Times.
- ↑ Blais, Jacqueline (2004-01-14). "Author's Newbery is no small thrill". USA TODAY.
- ↑ The Tale of Desperaux official film site
- ↑ http://moreresults.factiva.com/results/index/index.aspx?ref=HLYW000020060530e25o0002j
- ↑ American Library Association. 2001 Newbery Medal and Honor Books.
- ↑ American Library Association. Laura McGee Kvasnosky wins Geisel Award for "Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways". Press release. January 22, 2007.
- Kate DiCamillo's Home Page
- Kate DiCamillo bio on Candlewick Press website
- Kate DiCamillo profile in Ninth Book of Junior Authors & Illustrators
- 2002 National Book Festival webcast, 12 October 2002
- Scholastic interviews: March 2003, 27 January 2005 and 28 January 2005
- BBC Q&A with author Kate DiCamillo, 14 June 2004
- 2004 National Book Festival webcast, 9 October 2004
- Under Cover video interview with Kate DiCamillo, School Library Journal, 3 March 2006