Kate DiCamillo is one of just six people to win two Newbery Medals, a yearly honor bestowed upon the author of “the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

DiCamillo is the author of multiple books for children of all ages, including picture books, early readers and novels. Her most recent novel, Beverly, Right Here, completes a trilogy about three best friends – Beverly, Louisiana and Raymie.

DiCamillo was raised in Florida and currently resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota where she writes books and lives with her dog, Henry. Kate has made nearly yearly visits to the Almanac set since 2001 when her novel Because of Winn-Dixie was named a Newbery Honor Book.

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Minnesota author Kao Kalia Yang – who writes frequently and fluently about her Hmong heritage – recently published her first children’s book, A Map Into the World. Discover how she’s making Hmong storytelling part of the American canon. 

Poet Donte Collins explores identity and belonging in his work. Find out how he can be braver in a poem and, in turn, empowers others to find power in their own narrative.

Author Carter Meland was in his thirties when he found out that he had Native American ancestry, a discovery that led to the novel Stories for a Lost Child, which was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. In this story from MN Original, Meland discusses how the book allowed him to process the new discovery about his lineage.