Katie Smith Milway - Author

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.

Mimi's Village

2013 - Hackmatack's Children's Choice Book Award, Short-listed
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 - Red Cedar Award, BC Young Reader's Choice, Short-listed

One Hen

2010 - Golden Oak Award, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2010 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2009 - Outstanding International Book, USBBY, Winner
2009 - Notable Book for a Global Society, International Reading Association, Winner
2009 - Children's Choices, International Reading Association, Winner
2009 - Best Bet for Children and Teens, Ontario Library Association, Winner
2009 - Silver Birch Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2009 - Children's Africana Book Award, African Studies Association, Winner
2009 - Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2009 - Norma Fleck Award, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Short-listed
2008 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, Winner
2008 - Massachusetts Book Award, Winner

The Banana-Leaf Ball

2019 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2018 - CCBC Choices 2018, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Short-listed
2018 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Winner
2018 - Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner
2018 - Massachusetts Book Awards - Picture Book Category, Massachusetts Center for the Book, Honor Book
2018 - Silver Birch Express Award, Ontario Library Association, Short-listed
2017 - Eureka! Honor Award, California Reading Association, Winner
2017 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner

The Good Garden

2012 - Alberta Children's Choice Rocky Mountain Book Award, Short-listed
2011 - Skipping Stones Honor Award, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner
2011 - Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street Children's Book Committee, Winner
2011 - Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner
2010 - Best Bets Nonfiction, Ontario Library Association, Winner

Non-fiction

One Hen, 2008