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Kate DiCamillo and Rebecca Stead in Conversation

While DiCamillo and Stead differ on their approaches, both authors agree that the anxiety and uncertainty that comes with writing are made bearable by the joy of connecting with readers. DiCamillo experienced this joy firsthand as a former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

it was only toward the end of the [National Ambassador] term that i realized that this message that i went out into the world to deliver was getting delivered to me everywhere i went. that is: i realized how much i connect to the world through story. something kind of *solidified* in me; the connection to the readers, to the stories just seems more certain. (Number Five Bus)

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