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."

July 22: On this day in 1941, on his twelfth wedding anniversary, Eugene O'Neill presented the just-finished manuscript of Long Day's Journey into Night to his wife, Carlotta.

Crime fiction legends Dennis Lehane and Michael Connelly discuss the new book that unites their beloved sleuths Patrick Kenzie and Harry Bosch.

Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
The Hundred-Year House

When a poetry scholar goes digging through the decrepit estate of his wife's family to uncover a bygone arts colony's strange mysteries, he awakens a tenacious monster: his mother-in-law. A wickedly funny take on aging aristocracies from author Rebecca Makkai (The Borrower).

Watching Them Be

What makes a film actor into a larger-than-life movie star? James Harvey's passionate, freewheeling essays explain why there are some faces (from Greta Garbo's to Samuel L. Jackson's) from which we cannot look away.


What if you called up the spouse on the verge of leaving you -- and instead found yourself magically talking to his younger self, the one you first fell for?  Rainbow Rowell, author of the YA smash Eleanor & Park, delivers a sly, enchanting take on 21st-century love.