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Carmela Full of Wishes — First Review

Carmela got her first review, and it’s a STAR from PW. Christian and I feel so fortunate. Can’t wait to share this book with young people! Here’s the review:  Carmela Full of Wishes Matt de la Peña, illus. by Christian Robinson. It’s Carmela’s birthday, and she’s finally old enough to accompany her big brother

Brain Pickings on LOVE and So Much More

This weekend I read a post about Love that knocked me out. It was on a taste-maker site called Brain Pickings (you can read the post here), the brainchild of Maria Popova. She is wonderfully insightful about LOVE, but I went on to read so many other posts, and I’m blown away, and at

Superman Cover Reveal

In February, 2019, my YA Superman novel comes out. Earlier this week the cover was revealed. Here’s my statement about the project: “I’m honored to have the opportunity to contribute to one of the most iconic American storylines. What has always fascinated me most about Superman is his outsider status — a recurrent theme

Carmela Full of Wishes

Keep families together.

Last Stop on Market Street – The Hip Hop Musical

I’m beyond thrilled that Last Stop on Market Street has been adapted for the stage. Chicago Children’s Theatre has created a hip hop musical production of Last Stop that is open now and runs through June 3rd. After that, the musical travels to Minneapolis. You can find more details here. It’s pretty amazing to

World Read Aloud Day



Carmela Full of Wishes — Press Release

Penguin Young Readers has just announced CARMELA FULL OF WISHES, my next picture book with illustrator Christian Robinson. This is a very special book for me (the story is set in a migrant community), and I can’t wait until folks get a look at the amazing illustrations! Here’s the press release from the publisher:

Kate DiCamillo

Last week I published an essay in TIME (you can read it here) in which I posed the following questions: “How honest can an author be with an auditorium full of elementary school kids? How honest should we be with our readers? Is the job of the writer for the very young to tell

LOVE Tour Schedule

Beginning January 9, 2018, Loren Long and I will be hitting the road to promote our new picture book, LOVE. We are so excited to share this book with you all. Below is a list of all the cities and bookstores we’ll be visiting (click links for more details). Hope you’ll join us to

A Video about LOVE

Loren Long and I made a video about our forthcoming picture book, LOVE, coming January 9th. We’d love for you to check it out!!