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Of Scrabble and Stories: An Interview with Kate DiCamillo

Q: Scenario time. The phone rings at 8 a.m., it’s NPR, and they want a quote about the latest threat to reading; will you be ready?
A: “[laughs] No! But I’ll try. I’ll try. I have to say, if NPR called about the latest threat to reading, I would actually be the voice of reason and say, “Let’s not panic.” Man, I’ve been out there. I’ve seen those [children’s] faces. I’ve seen them when I say, “How many of you all have read Charlotte’s Web?’’ and all their excited hands go up, at bookstores and in schools. Let’s not panic.”

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