Rebecca is the author of a diverse range of picture books and poetry collections for children, including Lemonade Sun, One Day, The End, The Knowing Book, and What Is Science? Her work has been featured widely in anthologies and in national magazines like Scholastic and Highlights. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where she studied art history and creative writing. She has served twice on the NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children Committee, on the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award Committee, and the IRA Poetry & Prose Committee. Her books have received many acclaimed awards such as a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, an AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize Finalist, a Bank Street Best Book of the year, and an SCBWI Golden Kite Honor. School Library Journal writes that The Knowing Book is an inspirational picture book that encourages readers to make the most of their lives, and a book to be given as a graduation gift at almost any age. Her newest picture book, Little Scoot, is a lyrical tale of resilience and determination for young readers.
Rebecca is happiest cobbling together ideas and words in her writing room which includes vintage typewriters and toys and has numerous poetry and picture books coming out over the next few years. Rebecca lives in the Midwest and promotes children’s poetry by giving workshops to students, teachers, and writers across the country.
“Rebecca [Kai Dotlich] and Georgia [Heard] encouraged us with joyful, inquisitive and nourishing remarks as we gingerly or promptly waded into their poetry prompts.”
“Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard are amazing apart and absolutely magical together. Smart, approachable, creative and supportive. Would attend ANY workshop with either of them again.”
“Georgia and Rebecca were amazing, fun presenters, knew their stuff, gave lots of information, supportive. One-on-one session was very valuable. Their choice of poems was on-spot to exemplify the lesson. Assignments and feedback were valuable. Open, friendly, knowledgeable, honest. What you hope to get!!!”
“Georgia & Rebecca were incredible. The workshop was the perfect blend of instruction, writing, group reading, feedback and guest speakers. Georgia and Rebecca took the time to become “part of the group,” appearing to have as much fun with us as we had with them.”