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The Official Kate DiCamillo Page
In the mailbag:
An astonishing collection of kite-letters from Roseanne Vallely’s third graders at Martin Luther King Elementary in Edison, New Jersey.
Each letter is in the shape of a kite; each corner of the kite is inscribed with the name of a book. And when you lift the flap, you reveal the student’s favorite quote(s) from the book.
Pictured here is Shivani’s kite. Underneath The Tale of Despereaux flap are these words: “Everything as you well know (having lived in this world long enough to have figured out a thing or two for yourself), cannot always be sweetness and light.”
I don’t remember writing those words. I don’t even know where they are in the book.
So, each one of these kites, each quote that a child has chosen, is a small revelation to me, a reminder that the book is not mine, was never mine, and that the story only becomes whole when it enters into the heart and mind of another reader.
What am I trying to say?
I am trying to say this: it seems like a miracle to me, that I get to tell stories and that people read them and make them their own.
And I am also trying to say this: thank you.




Love That Dog


Hate That Cat


The Boy On the Porch


The Underneath




The Tiger Rising


The Magician's Elephant


The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane


Summer Reading 


Lion To Guard Us


The Tale of Despereaux


Because of Winn Dixie


Where the Red Fern Grows


*Creepy Cubbard 

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