Katie Smith Milway, a native of Vancouver, B.C., and resident of Boston, is winner of the Massachusetts Best Book for Children Award and Children’s Africana Book Award. She brings world issues to elementary and middle school children, based on true stories that show how youth can help themselves, their communities and the world. Her books: One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference set in rural Ghana; The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough, set in the Honduran hillsides; Mimi’s Village and How Basic Healthcare Transformed It, set in western Kenya; and The Banana-Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World, set in a refugee camp in Tanzania, tell stories of microfinance, food security, basic health care, and the power of play respectively. An educator movement that grew around her writing led to nonprofit program onehen.org, which offers free lessons plans and curricula to teach social entrepreneurship.
Delegate | 2019