Kate DiCamillo is the rock star of the local children's book author community. The Library of Congress appointed her the 2014-2015 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Among other awards DiCamillo has won the Newbery medal. She has had books turned into movies -- The Tale of Despereaux and Because of Winn-Dixie*. She's worked with Children's Theatre Company on Mercy Watson.
Books by Kate DiCamillo
DiCamillo has so many great books at different reading levels that it is hard to keep up. Where Mercy Watson is a favorite for transitioning to longer books, many of her other books are aimed at upper grade school. She has also written a comic-style book, Good Rosie.
Find her books on our Kate DiCamillo Bookshop.org List*.
Kate DiCamillo Stories for Family Movie Night
Several of Ms. DiCamillo's books have been made into movies or will be movies soon.
Stream Now for Movie Night
We link to Amazon** when movies are available for streaming:
- Because of Winn Dixie
- The Tale of Despereaux
- Bink & Gollie: Two for One (not a movie, but a 14-minute short)
Read Ahead for Future Movie Nights.
There are three movies currently in production that you could read now and watch later.
Mercy Watson Series for Reading Aloud
The Mercy Watson books are ideal transitions into chapter books. They are as amusing for adults as they are for children. The chapter are short and the characters are engaging. Most of her other children's books are aimed at middle grades.
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