Katie Smith Milway - Author

Biography

Katie Smith Milway, winner of the 2009 Notable Book for a Global Society Award and the 2009 Children’s Africana Book Award for One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference, is on a quest to bring world issues to elementary and middle school children. One Hen, set in Ghana, introduces kids to microfinance and the power of social entrepreneurship, and gave rise to the nonprofit organization One Hen, Inc. (www.onehen.org), which offers downloadable resources for educators to teach financial literacy and giving back. #Her 2010 book, The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, is set in the Honduran hillsides and introduces kids to the concept of food security and how each of us, at any age, can combat global hunger (www.thegoodgarden.org). And her latest book, Mimi’s Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It, set in Kenya, connects kids’ actions for global health to results in Africa. #Katie is also a partner at nonprofit and philanthropy advisor The Bridgespan Group in Boston. She serves on the board of World Vision U.S., has coordinated community development programs in Latin America and Africa for Food for the Hungry International and was a delegate to the 1992 Earth Summit. She has written several adult books on sustainable development, including The Human Farm: A Tale of Changing Lives and Changing Lands (Kumarian Press, 1994), which documented the work of sustainable agriculture pioneer Don Elias Sánchez (role model for The Good Garden’s teacher). #Prior to Bridgespan, Katie served as editorial director and founding publisher at Bain & Co. A graduate of Stanford University, the Free University of Brussels and INSEAD, Katie spent a decade working in and around more than a dozen countries in Africa and Latin America on sustainable development projects, including village banking, food security, primary health care, water resourcing and education.

Awards

  • The Good Garden

    2012 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Commended

    2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner

    2011 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2010 - Best Bets Nonfiction, , Winner

  • The Banana-Leaf Ball

    2019 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Bank Street College, Commended

    2018 - Best Children’s Books of the Year, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

    2018 - CCBC Choices 2018, Massachusetts Center for the Book, Commended

    2018 - Massachusetts Book Awards - Picture Book Category, Ontario Library Association, Honor Book

    2018 - Silver Birch Express Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Commended

    2018 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, California Reading Association, Winner

    2017 - Eureka! Honor Award, , Winner

  • Mimi’s Village

    2013 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

    2013 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner

    2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Commended

    2013 - Red Cedar Award, , Commended

  • One Hen

    2010 - Alberta Children’s Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed

    2010 - Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, African Studies Association, Winner

    2009 - Children’s Africana Book Award, International Reading Association, Winner

    2009 - Children’s Choices, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Winner

    2009 - Norma Fleck Award, International Reading Association, Short-listed

    2009 - Notable Book for a Global Society, USBBY, Winner

    2009 - Outstanding International Book, Ontario Library Association, Winner

    2009 - Silver Birch Award, , Short-listed

    2008 - Massachusetts Book Award, , Winner

    2008 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, , Winner

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