Kate DiCamillo

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Children's Author
Date of Birth March 25, 1964
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Age 56 years old
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Kate DiCamillo

Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo 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 and Flora & Ulysses. 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.

Born: Katrina Elizabeth DiCamillo, March 25, 1964, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American
Genre: Children's fiction
Notable works: Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising, The Tale of Despereaux, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Mercy Watson series
Notable awards: Newbery Medal, 2004, 2014, National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, 2014–15
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About Kate DiCamillo

American author of acclaimed children's fiction such as Because of Winn-Dixie and the Newbery Medal-winning The Tale of Despereaux. Her other works include the Mercy Watson series and Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures.

Before Fame

In 1987, she graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English. She subsequently worked for a book warehouse in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She published her first novel, Because of Winn-Dixie, in 2000.


In 2006, she won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction for her novel The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane.

Family Life

She was born in Pennsylvania and moved to Florida at the age of five. Her brother, Curt DiCamillo, became a successful architectural historian.


Emma Watson voiced the character of Princess Pea in the 2008 film adaptation of The Tale of Despereaux.

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Latest information about Kate DiCamillo updated on July 12, 2020.

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