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Kid Lit Authors on the Books that Shaped Them

From Kwame Alexander to Kevin Henkes, our favorite children’s book authors and illustrators all started out as young readers, enthralled by great stories.

‘For a young reader that’s an important moment, when you recognize that your self exists in the world and that your self exists in literature.’ That is what Louise Fitzhugh’s Harriet the Spy did for me as a child. I recognized myself for the first time. I felt empowered. — Kate DiCamillo, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (PW)

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