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My short story. Click here for the longer version.

Before becoming a children’s author I was a teacher, school administrator, and educational consultant living and working in the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.

A native of New Orleans, my debut picture book THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co., 2015), celebrates the unique cultural tradition of eating king cake in my hometown during the Mardi Gras season. My second book, NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, co-edited with Jeanette Bradley and Lindsay H. Metcalf (Charlesbridge) will release in September 2020.

When I’m not reading, writing, and visiting schools I’m attending SCBWI events, writing monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) blog, reviewing books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives.

Merci beaucoup for stopping by!

Represented by Dawn Frederick, Red Sofa Literary


Dawson, Keila V., (2015). The King Cake Baby (V. Smith, Illus.). Gretna, Louisiana: Pelican Publishing, Company, Inc.

Dawson, Keila V. The Unexpected Expected: The Transition of My Third Culture Kids. Among Worlds Magazine, Reentry & Repatriation and (Interaction International) March 2014: 4-5. Print.

Dawson, Keila V. “Establishing a Community of Gens de Couleur Libres: Catalina’s Fight for Freedom.” La Créole, A Journal of Creole History and Genealogy 3.1 (2010): 26-31. Print.

LeFever, Gretchen, B, Ph.D.; Dawson, Keila V. M. Ed; Morrow, Ardythe L. Ph.D., The Extent of Drug Therapy for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Among Children in Public Schools. American Journal of Public Health. 1999;89:1359-1364.

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  1. So very glad to find this and so very proud of all you have accomplished. Love you, my very distant NOLA cousin.

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