Thursday, March 20, 2014

Photos and Vines from Kate DiCamillo Day!

"Stories Connect Us" - Kate DiCamillo 


Dear Reader, 

Today my students and I hosted Kate DiCamillo, a Newbery Medalist and the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Kate's National Ambassador speech resonated with every person in the room. She has the ability to reach all types of readers: shy readers, outgoing readers, dormant readers, super readers. Kids and teachers came up to me all afternoon to share how her visit touched their hearts. Kate DiCamillo is going to make a HUGE difference over the next two years as she travels around the country telling audiences about the importance of children's books and education. I wish I could beam her to every school library. 


Kate, thank you for writing timeless stories and for always speaking the truth. You have a lot of fans in Illinois. 


Happy reading!


-John 
































































































A table filled with Kate's favorite books. 




A six-second tour of my school library.




I love this display.




Margie sent me this beautiful flowers.




Stickers for Kate DiCamillo Day.




Kate's cupcakes!




Kate's cake!




We celebrated Kate's birthday.




Kate's water bottles.




I love these signs! 
             



"With a warm, lively personality and a boisterous laugh, Ms. DiCamillo would appear a natural fit for the post of ambassador, which asks for an ability to relate to children and an overall contribution to children’s literature." -Julie Bosman


Visit the official website for The National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. 



Kate DiCamillo presented at the 2009 National Book Festival.




"I decided a long time ago," DiCamillo says, "that I didn't have to be talented. I just had to be persistent."



You don't want to miss this interview with Kate DiCamillo.



Kate DiCamillo received the 2013 Kerlan Award. 


Travis Jonker and I named Bink and Gollie the best book of 2010. 



"Starting as one of the most rejected writers, Kate DiCamillo has become one of this century’s most acclaimed authors. For those who like to use manuscript drafts with young readers, several versions of Because of Winn-Dixie can be found online here." - Anita Silvey



Mr. Travis Jonker sat down with Ambassador Kate. 

11 comments:

  1. OMG! I want to be in your library! I want you to be in my library! You are amazing! What a thrill it must have been for the kids at your school. My heart is racing just thinking about it! AWESOME!

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    1. Thank you! It was a magical experience.

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  2. So amazing! You rocked it out and your school benefited from it! I have been so impressed by it all...way to go!

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  3. What a wonderful post! Had the pleasure of hearing Kate do the Keynote at our NJSCBWI Conference in 2012!

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  4. Wow. WOW!! Love the water bottles especially. :) Kate has been such an inspiration to me. When kids ask me what my favorite book is, I tell them it's such a hard question, but BECAUSE OF WINN DIXIE is definitely in my top five. Wish I could have been one of the students in that audience!!

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  5. LOVE the signs, cupcakes, water bottles, etc... amazing. How fantastic for your students, et all... :)

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  6. OK, I can't imagine Kate wasn't TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by all the AMAZING things you did for her visit, John! I was literally shaking my head in wonder and my eyes grew wider with each additional picture of the many things you put together for her visit. I am truly in awe :)

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  7. OK, I can't imagine Kate wasn't TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY by all the AMAZING things you did for her visit, John! I was literally shaking my head in wonder and my eyes grew wider with each additional picture of the many things you put together for her visit. I am truly in awe :)

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  8. This is like Extreme Makeover: Library Edition! Thank you for sharing your experience and creativity with us. I'm sure your students LOVED meeting Kate DiCamillo. It is so important for kids to meet writers. I was lucky enough to meet Avi this week at a local university (so sad that it wasn't at my school), and I am still pinching myself. I bet your students will be buzzing about this for a while.

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