My short story. Click here for the longer version.
Before becoming a children’s book author, I was a community organizer, special education teacher, school administrator, educational consultant and advocate. She’s lived and worked in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
I am a New Orleans native and 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. I have two forthcoming nonfiction picture books. I am a co-editor, along with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History (illustrated by Jeanette Bradley, Charlesbridge, September 22, 2020) and the author of OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, illustrated by Alleanna Harris (Beaming Books, January 2021).
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!
My debut children’s picture book, THE KING CAKE BABY, acquired by Pelican Publishing (2015), highlights one of our unique Louisiana cultural traditions, eating king cake during the Mardi Gras season. I am also co-editor along with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History (illustrated by Jeanette Bradley, Charlesbridge, September 22, 2020), and the forthcoming NO WORLD TOO BIG: Young People Fighting Climate Change also with Metcalf and Bradley (Charlesbridge, spring, 2023). I am also the author of OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, illustrated by Alleanna Harris (Beaming Books, January 2021).
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.