“How does she do it? She talks about the big issues– abandonment, depression, love– makes them so age appropriate, and does it with such finesse and grace.”
The “she” here is author extraordinaire Kate DiCamillo, who will be at the Carnegie Library Lecture Hall this Thursday, October 15 at 7:00 PM in a special event sponsored by Pittsburgh Arts & Lectures Kids.
I hope Stephanie Flom from PA&L doesn’t mind me quoting her sentiment, if not her exact words. I think this willingness to address the big issues so aptly sums up the wonder of Kate DiCamillo.
Among Kate’s many accolades are two Newbery Medals, a Newbery Honor, The Boston Globe Horn Book Award, and the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. She was recently named National Ambassador for Children’s Literature.
Kate has written seventeen books, two of which have been made into movies. Her characters– Flora, Ulysses, Desperaux, India Opal, Mercy Watson, Bink and Gollie, and a host of memorable others- grab us with their feisty uniqueness and zest for life.
Most important of all, children love her books. In fact, when kids in the library have seen our display of Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tale of Desperaux, Mercy Watsons, and Bink and Gollies, they go, “I’ve read those books! They were so good!”
Following Kate’s appearance on Thursday, come to the Children’s Department at the Main Library for a celebration of this amazing author’s work. While you wait to get a book signed, you can see scientific artifacts of animals from her books, snuggle with service dogs, watch the movie version of The Tale of Desperaux, and see the winning submissions from third-sixth graders for the Our Stories, Our Community contest, which will allow five children to meet Kate DiCamillo up close and in person.
-Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main- Children’s