Kate DiCamillo: A look at the best books by the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature

Kate DiCamillo is a favorite author of both my tween and myself. I'm a firm believer that a really good story can be a fabulous adventure enjoyed by all ages, and DiCamillo's many novels are perfect examples. Today, she was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

My tween and I were fortunate enough to see her speak at our local book store a few months ago and she was interesting, approachable, kind and down-to-earth.  Scroll through for her most popular books and some of the info she shared about writing them when speaking.

UPDATE: On Jan. 27, 2014, Kate DiCamillo's Flora & Ulysses won the Newbery Medal as the best children's book of 2013!

The Library of Congress created the position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in 2008 to raise awareness about children’s literacy and promote reading among young people. “The whole thing is pretty intimidating; but it is also deeply, deeply gratifying, because for the next two years, I will get to go around the country talking about what matters to me, and what matters to me is this: people connecting through stories,” DiCamillo said on her Facebook page.

“When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see each other," she says on the website of the Library of Congress.

Are you a fan of this fabulous tween author? Which book is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments.

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