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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!!

Last Stop Comes Alive in Kansas City, Kansas

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library made Last Stop come alive for some amazing kids last fall. It’s an experience I will never forget. And now there’s video! Check it out here. By the way, I was playing hurt. Real sick that day. But we pushed through and made it happen and then I

Video of Newbery Speech

A video of my Newbery speech is now up on YouTube. You can see me hop off stage and hand the medal to my mom. (She went for the hug, but I was in a slight daze and accidentally left her hanging). And you can see me get choked up here and there (though

2016 NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award

I’m thrilled to be honored by NCTE with the 2016 Intellectual Freedom Award. It means the world to me. Below is the official press release.           Urbana, Illinois – NCTE honors Matt de la Peña for his courage in standing up for intellectual freedom with the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award, given

Last Stop on Market Street Wins 2016 Newbery Medal!

Last stop on Market Street has been awarded the 2016 Newbery Medal! I’m stunned and humbled and incredibly proud of this book (illustrated by the great Christian Robinson). Last Stop was also awarded a 2016 Caldecott Honor and a 2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. Here’s the cover with all those shiny new