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Keila V. Dawson writes fiction and nonfiction picture books. Dawson is coeditor of No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History, and the forthcoming No World Too Big, Young People Fighting Global Climate Change. She is the author of The Opening The Road: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, The King Cake Baby, and the forthcoming Yumbo Gumbo.

Awards and honors for her books include an International Reading Association Children’s Book Award, a NCSS and NCTE Notable, Kirkus Best Book, Chicago Public Library Best Book, New York Public Library Best Book, Bank Street Best Book, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s Noteworthy Book, Jane Addams finalist, Ohioana 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.

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