Before becoming a children’s author, Keila V. Dawson was a former community organizer, teacher, school administrator, educational consultant, and advocate for children with special needs. She has lived and worked across the U.S., the Philippines, Japan, and Egypt.
Dawson has two forthcoming nonfiction picture books. She is a co-editor, along with Lindsay H. Metcalf and Jeanette Bradley, of NO VOICE TOO SMALL: Fourteen Young Americans Making History (illustrated by Jeanette Bradley, Charlesbridge, September 22, 2020) and the author of OPENING THE ROAD: Victor Hugo Green and His Green Book, illustrated by Alleanna Harris (Beaming Books, January 26, 2021). She is a New Orleans native and her debut picture book THE KING CAKE BABY (Pelican Publishing Co., 2015) celebrates the unique cultural tradition of eating king cake in her hometown during the Mardi Gras season.
When she’s not reading, writing, and visiting schools Dawson is writing monthly author studies for the Reading for Research Month (ReFoReMo) blog, reviewing books for Multicultural Children’s Book Day, attending SCBWI events, traveling, playing tennis, or digging in genealogical archives.
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History (2020)
Mari Copeny demanded clean water in Flint. Jazz Jennings insisted, as a transgirl, on playing soccer with the girls’ team. From Viridiana Sanchez Santos’s quinceañera demonstration against anti-immigrant policy to Zach Wahls’s moving declaration that his two moms and he were a family like any other, No Voice Too Small celebrates the young people who know how to be the change they seek. Fourteen poems honor these young activists. Featuring poems by Lesléa Newman, Traci Sorell, and Nikki Grimes. Additional text goes into detail about each youth activist’s life and how readers can get involved.