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Katie Davis Papers

Identifier: 2010-0051

Scope and Content

The Katie Davis papers contains web design materials, correspondence, letters from readers, materials from presentations, manuscripts, galleys, story boards, sketches, book dummies and proofs. These materials relate to a number of Davis' books, including: Who Hops?, Who Hoots?, I Hate to go to Bed!, Party Animals, Kindergarten Rocks!, and Mabel the Tooth Fairy. The collection follows the creation of these books from sketches to galleys to finished books. The collection also includes materials on Scared Guy, a design Davis created.


  • undated, 1990-2010


The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.


Children's book author and illustrator Katie Davis was born in New York City and educated at the American College of Paris and Boston University. After a career in public relations and advertising that proved unsatisfying, Davis decided to follow her dreams and attempt a career as an artist and designer.

In 1986, Davis started her own company, Dirty Dishes, which sold hand-painted ceramics nationwide. Davis also worked as a designer. One of her designs, a character called Scared Guy, was an international success.

In the 1990s, Davis was inspired by her own family to write and illustrate children's books. Based on a car game she invented to entertain her two young children, Davis came up with the idea for Who Hops?, her first book. Since its publication, Davis has written and illustrated multiple children's books which have been awarded several distinguished prizes. In addition, Davis maintains a website that features podcasts and a blog with helpful tips on writing children's literature and book publishing. She is a frequent guest on the ABC affiliate show, Good Morning Connecticut, where she recommends books for children.


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Language of Materials



Katie Davis is a Connecticut-based children's author and illustrator. This collection contains original works of art, book dummies, correspondence, and manuscripts that relate to eight of her published works. The collection also includes original art and realia pertaining to a copyrighted character that Davis created called Scared Guy.


Series I : Correspondence, undated, 1997-2010

Series II : Published Works, undated, 1997-2005

Series III : Unpublished Works, undated, 1990-1996

Series IV : Promotional Materials, undated, 1992-2008

Series V : Realia, undated, 1994-1998

Custodial History

Donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center by Katie Davis in 2010.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to children's literature and associated artwork. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

General Note

Published Works:

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  1. Who Hops?, San Diego:Harcourt Brace, 1998.
  2. I Hate to Go to Bed!, San Diego:Harcourt Brace, 1999.
  3. Who Hoots?, San Diego:Harcourt Brace, 2000.
  4. Scared Stiff, San Diego:Harcourt Brace, 2001.
  5. Party Animals, San Diego:Harcourt Brace, 2002.
  6. Mabel the Tooth Fairy and How She Got Her Job, San Diego:Harcourt Brace, 2003.
  7. Kindergarten Rocks!, Orlando:Harcourt Brace, 2003.
  8. The Curse of Addy McMahon, New York:Greenwillow Books, 2008.
  9. Little Chicken's Big Day, New York:McElderry, 2011.
Katie Davis Papers
Archives & Special Collections staff
2012 February
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

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