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Keila V. Dawson

Keila V. Dawson writes fiction and nonfiction picture books. She is coeditor of NO WORLD TOO BIG: YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE and the companion title, NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, illustrated by Bradley. Dawson is the author of OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN AND HIS GREEN BOOK, illustrated by Alleanna Harris, THE KING CAKE BABY, illustrated by Vernon Smith and the forthcoming YUMBO GUMBO, illustrated by Katie Crumpton.…Read More

Keila V. Dawson writes fiction and nonfiction picture books. She is coeditor of NO WORLD TOO BIG: YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHTING CLIMATE CHANGE and the companion title, NO VOICE TOO SMALL: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING HISTORY with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, illustrated by Bradley. Dawson is the author of OPENING THE ROAD: VICTOR HUGO GREEN AND HIS GREEN BOOK, illustrated by Alleanna Harris, THE KING CAKE BABY, illustrated by Vernon Smith and the forthcoming YUMBO GUMBO, illustrated by Katie Crumpton. Awards and honors for her books include an International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, National Council of Social Studies and National Council of Teachers of English Notable book, a Kirkus star, featured on New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Bank Street, John F. Kennedy Library and Kirkus Best Books lists, a two-time Ohioana finalist, Jane Addams finalist, and a 2023 Charlotte Award nominee. A New Orleans native, Dawson has also lived and worked in states across the U.S., and in the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt. She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. When she isn’t reading, writing, and visiting schools, Dawson is traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives. Learn more about her at http://www.keiladawson.com, on Twitter @keila_dawson, or Instagram @keilavdawson.