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."

April 19: "What you see first, after the starting gun's crack, is a column of bobbing runners, thousands of them, surging downhill..."

Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
Poems That Make Grown Men Cry

And women too.  Luminaries from Colin Firth to Nick Cave and Jonathan Franzen chose the poems that bring them to tears, and the result is a stunning collection of poignant verse from writers like Auden, Whitman, Bishop, Larkin, Neruda and many others.  Warning: choking-up hazard.

The King of Pain

Trapped beneath his entertainment system, reality TV mastermind Rick Salter reflects on his life and tries to piece together the events of the previous evening. Seth Kaufman’s romp is an outrageous meditation on pain and entertainment in a deranged world in which the two are often interchangeable.

The Good Inn

Frank Black, frontman for the Pixies, has written a transgressive historical fiction with shades of Thomas Pynchon (focused as it is on the history of explosives and cinematic pornography), all set in a hallucinatory Edwardian Europe.