Kate di Camillo

23 Jan

Kate di Camillo has been named the National Ambassador for Young Peoples Literature for 2014.


The Library of Congress names a new ambassador every two years.  From their website, “The National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature raises national awareness of the importance of young people’s literature as it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”

As ambassador Kate de Camillo travels around the country promoting literacy.  She says, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see each other.”

Kate di Camillo is the author of the 2004 Newbery Award winning book, The Tale of Despereaux, which was made into an animated film in 2008.

The_Tale_of_DespereauxHer first book, Because of Winn-Dixie, was given the  Newbery Honor distinction in 2001, and also made into a movie starring Anna Sophia Robb as India Opal in 2005.WinnDixie1

Kate di Camillo is also the author of the early reader book series, Mercy Watson.  DSC08555

Kate was interviewed on PBS News Hour on January 10, 2014.  Int this interview she talks about how telling stories helped her connect with the world.  She reminds us that kids’ books can be for adults too.  Kate sees her role as Ambassador as needing to remind people of all ages of the power of story.  ‘Story is what makes us human.  Story can be a powerful thing.’  Another message she wants to tell young people is be persistent, don’t give up on your dream.

You can hear the whole interview on PBS News Hour here… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dV-_mrUkh5Q

You can see the movie trailers for The Tale of Despereaux here …  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJpT7dC5FsY    

and Because of Winn-Dixie here…                                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avWH7T4F2RU

Visit her website at http://www.katedicamillo.com

2 Responses to “Kate di Camillo”

  1. orthodoxmom3 January 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM #

    I LOVED the tale of Despereaux! 🙂


    • Juliana Lee January 24, 2014 at 9:00 PM #

      Now that I know more about Kate di Camillo it’s on my reading list!


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