Kate DiCamillo, author of ‘Because of Winn Dixie,’ named children’s literature ambassador

January 2, 2014 5:38 AM

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It reads like a Yogi Berra-ism (though he’s one of the few sages not to have been given credit for it) until the meaning reveals itself: Penning a mess of words is one task. The more difficult task is judiciously editing and distilling them.

“You have no time at all with a kid to get them to trust you,” says the children’s author Kate DiCamillo. “You have a page. That’s all. You can’t indulge in a lot of things that adults will put up with, because kids will just put the book aside.”

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