Author Kate DiCamillo writes: “I was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised in Clermont, Florida, and currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I write for both children and adults and I like to think of myself as a storyteller.

“Here are a few more facts about me: I am short. And loud. I hate to cook and love to eat. I am single and childless, but I have lots of friends and I am an aunt to three lovely children (Luke, Roxanne, and Max) and one not so lovely dog (Henry).

“I think of myself as an enormously lucky person: I get to tell stories for a living.”

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Books by Kate DiCamillo

Leroy Ninker Saddles Up (Book One in the Tales from Deckawoo Drive series), illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press, 2014)

Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, illustrated by Harry Bliss (Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins)

Bink & Gollie Series, written with Alison McGhee and illustrated by Tony Fucile (Candlewick Press)

Mercy Watson Series, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen (Candlewick Press)

Because of Winn-Dixie (Candlewick Press)

Raymie Nightingale (Candlewick Press)