Kate DiCamillo

Magic in verse, prose and pictures to enchant readers of any age.

Since the publication of her uniquely touching novel Because of Winn Dixie in 2000, Kate DiCamillo has established herself as one of the most exciting voices not only in novels for young readers, but in fiction for any age. Winn Dixie won a Newbery Honors Award; in 2004, her story of a gallant mouse’s adventures, The Tale of Despereaux, took the Newbery Medal. In her most recent book, The Magician’s Elephant, DiCamillo continues to demonstrate that, whether exploring realms the fantastic or introducing a character drawn from a more familiar reality, her imagination and empathy for her characters cast an unbreakable spell. Here, she shares three books she loves.

Books by Kate DiCamillo


Good Poems

Compiled by Garrison Keillor

“I love this anthology. I’ve read it dozens of times; and each time the poems seem newer, more vital. My only criticism is that there is not a pocket-sized edition, so that I can carry it with me everywhere I go.”


Fairy Tales

By Hans Christian Andersen, translated by Tiina Nunnally

“Andersen’s stories are timeless, ageless, astonishing, despairing, profound and funny.”


Robot Dreams

By Sara Varon

“This (almost entirely wordless) graphic novel (about a dog who mail-orders a robot companion) defies description. Suffice it to say that it is a story of friendship and betrayal and forgiveness and that it will break you heart. In a good way.”

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