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. A New Orleans native, I’ve lived and worked in the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
I write fiction and 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 Bradley, Charlesbridge), and the forthcoming NO WORLD TOO BIG: Young People Fighting Global Climate Change (Charlesbridge, spring, 2023), author of OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, illustrated by Alleanna Harris (Beaming Books), THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co.), and the forthcoming YUMBO GUMBO (Charlesbridge Storytelling Math series, summer 2023).
Awards and honors for my 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.
When I’m not reading, writing, and visiting schools, I’m attending SCBWI events, traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives.
Merci beaucoup for stopping by!
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.