National Reading Month: Kate DiCamillo on the Power of Stories
This is from Amazon Omnivoracious blog, March 6, 2014 and needs no comment except to say that at the start of 2014 DiCamillo was named the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, a post voted on by a panel of booksellers, the Children's Book Council, and the Library of Congress. At the end of January DiCamillo took home the Newbery Medal for Flora & Ulysses marking her third time as a Newbery recipient (she won the medal for Tales of Despereaux in 2004 and an honor for Because of Winn-Dixie in 2001). I would add that if you haven't read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, do it! While driving, I listened to it wonderfully read on audio. I was so overcome I had to pull over by the side of the road and take a long long pause. Later, looking to comfort a family victimized by Katrina New Orleans, this is the book I sent.
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