Kate DiCamilllo is an American writer who has written several children’s fiction books, often confronting issues of separation, loss and death. She is an acclaimed author best known for The Tale of Desperaux and Winn-Dixie. Other notable works include the series of Mercy Watson, and Flora & Ulysses. Many of her writings feature animals, and she is the proud winner of 2 Newbery Medals too. The Library of Congress appointed her as the US National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for the term of 2014-15.
During childhood, Kate had chronic pneumonia, due to which her mother decided to move to the warmer climate of Florida when she was 5. Her father was also expected to come soon, but he never did. She credits her sickness for becoming a writer, as she used to spend a lot of time alone in bed, observing and imagining things, which shaped her creative streak.