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Kate DiCamillo on her Mission as National Ambassador

Though DiCamillo did not always know that she wanted to write, she fell in love with books at a young age and hopes to inspire that same passion for literature in kids today. To reluctant readers she suggests “let’s do it together.” The holidays are a perfect time to read aloud as a family. Below is a list of titles recommended by the National Ambassador herself:

  • The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis. (384 pages, ages 8 to 12)

  • Winter Bees by Joyce Sidman, with illustrations by Rick Allen. (32 pages, ages 6 to 9)

  • Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin. (240 pages, ages 9 to 12)

  • Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate. (272 pages, ages 10 to 14)

  • All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor. (192 pages, ages 8 to 12)

(Washington Post)

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