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June 1, 2016

Greetings, Madam Ambassador!

“Stories connect us.”

—Kate DiCamillo

Last week the Library of Congress, the Children’s Book Council, and Every Child a Reader named Kate DiCamillo the fourth National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. (Previous ambassadors are Jon Scieszka, Katherine Paterson, and Walter Dean Myers.) Established in 2008, the two-year position honors an author for his or her contributions to children’s literature and ability to relate to children. As explained on the Library of Congress website, the ambassador works to raise awareness of children’s literature and how “it relates to lifelong literacy, education and the development and betterment of the lives of young people.”

Kate DiCamillo’s books have been translated into 39 languages; have become New York Times bestsellers; and have been honored with a Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, a National Book Award Finalist designation. But beyond all the honors and notable moments, what is truly remarkable about her books is the way they speak to the readers who pick them up. Her characters are often looking for a place in their world; fighting against challenging circumstances; and being driven by hope, belief, and love. They strive to find joy in their lives and in the world around them—whether that mean saving a princess, roller-skating with a friend, or adopting a stray dog.

In her Newbery award-winning novel The Tale of Despereaux, the narrator addresses the reader directly from the first page to the last. Readers are encouraged to think about words, reflect on moments in their own lives, and listen carefully to the tale. There’s magic in being asked to connect so directly with a book. Kate DiCamillo has stated that connection is one of her goals, “When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see one another.” It will be a joy to see how she makes connections for readers during her term as ambassador—and how she connects readers with stories in all her books to come.



For more information on the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, visit the Library of Congress website and the Every Child a Reader website. To learn more about Kate DiCamillo, you can visit her author website or her official Facebook page.



You can order the following books by Kate DiCamillo through Scholastic Reading Club now!

Because of Winn-Dixie

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Tale of Despereaux

Flora & Ulysses

Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever






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