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Carmen Agra Deedy


Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally-known children’s book author, storyteller and frequent radio contributor. She emigrated to the United States from Havana, Cuba with her family in 1963 and grew up in Decatur, Georgia. As a storyteller, Deedy has performed across the United States and Canada at venues including the Disney Institute, the New Victory Theater, the Folger Shakespeare Library and the Kennedy Center. Her storytelling festival appearances include the St. Louis Storytelling Festival, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival.

Deedy is a regular contributor to National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition,” “All Things Considered” and Latino USA. Growing up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia is an audio collection of 12 of her short stories originally heard on NPR. It was named Publishers Weekly Best Audiobook in the Adult Storytelling category in 1995 and received the Parent's Choice Gold Award in 1996.

She is perhaps best known for the children's book The Library Dragon, about Lotta Scales, the new librarian at Sunrise Elementary. Her titles also include The Yellow Star: The Legend of King Christian X of Dennmark, The Last Year, The Secret of Old Zeb, Agatha’s Feather Bed: Not Just Another Wild Goose Story, and TreeMan. Her latest book is Martina the Beautiful Cockroach.

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Carmen Agra Deedy on spinning a story of Mama