Kate DiCamillo

Episode 7

Kate DiCamillo

They Already Know: Kate DiCamillo on Helping Kids Find Hope in Darkness

Masthead Waves

About this episode

Kate DiCamillo (Because of Winn-Dixie, The Tiger Rising) talks about leaning into the dark parts of life to show kids there is always hope.


"If I've done my job right and put my heart and my fears and my questions on the page, if I've told a story right and well, the reader can be aware of me asking those questions, worrying those worries, putting my heart there, and then it's a place for both of us to be together. And it makes you feel less alone as a kid." - Kate DiCamillo


Kate DiCamillo's stories take us to the dark parts of the world and back again. And once we get back, we realize that even in the darkest moments, there was always hope and will always be. Connecting with children to share that message is at the heart of Kate's work. She's a master at putting herself into a kid's mind and reaching them emotionally in that powerful and unique way.
Her work is world-renowned, and millions of people have shed sad but hopeful tears while reading her words. In this episode, she fills us in on how she so effectively uses darkness to share her message of hope, how she connects with her own child within to write, and why the minds of children still spark inspiration for her stories to this day.

  • Chapter 1 - Down the Rabbit Hole (to Florida) (2:46)
  • Chapter 2 - The Black Turtleneck (7:19)
  • Chapter 3 - Becoming a Children's Writer (11:55)
  • Chapter 4 - Charlotte's Wisdom (13:56)
  • Chapter 5 - Through The Eyes of a Child (17:16)
  • Chapter 6 - A Youthful Memory (22:17)
  • Chapter 7 - A Letter to Matt (24:39)
  • Chapter 8 - Cassius Wonders (31:05)
  • Chapter 9 - Read Brave (38:57)
  • Chapter 10 - Beanstack Featured Librarian (41:06)


Kate's Reading Challenge

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