Minnesota author DiCamillo wins 2nd Newbery Medal


Acclaimed Minneapolis-based author Kate DiCamillo has earned another impressive honor.

The Star Tribune says DiCamillo won her second John Newbery Medal Monday morning for her best-selling children's book "Flora & Ulysses."

DiCamillo won her first Newbery Medal in 2004 for "The Tale of Despereaux," which was later adapted into a feature film. Her first book, "Because of Winn Dixie" was also a Newbery Honor book, the Star Tribune says. That novel was turned into a feature film in 2005.

Monday's announcement was the latest in an impressive string of honors for DiCamillo.

Earlier this month, DiCamillo was named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The job of the ambassador, named every two years, is to tour the country to help promote reading.

DiCamillo was named a top 10 finalist in the Young People’s Literature category by the National Book Foundation in September – also for "Flora & Ulysses."

In October, Oscar-winning “Forrest Gump” director Robert Zemeckis announced that he was adapting DiCamillo’s 2006 best-seller “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” into a movie.

The Associated Press says Brian Floca was also named the winner Monday of the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in “Locomotive.”

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