"Stories Connect Us" - Kate DiCamillo
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.
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.
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.
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.