That’s right … Kate DiCamillo is back! And what she has to say is so good, you might find yourself listening more than once.

In this new episode, Kate and I chat about her newest book, Beverly, Right Here, and we also discuss why parents and teachers so often try to quantify what our kids are getting from books.

We have some ideas about how we could better help kids develop their own robust reading life.

I also answer a listener question about how to read aloud with highly visual kids (kids who really want pictures to go along with their books).

In this episode, you’ll hear:

  • why the kinds of questions we ask our kids about books matter
  • how to keep joy in reading
  • what Kate really wants readers to get from her books

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Listener Guide

Use the time stamps below to skip to any part of the podcast:

1:04The 31-day challenge is coming!
3:09Question: Got tips for reading aloud with visual kids?
5:59 Try biographies
7:47 Kate DiCamillo is here!
9:37Keeping the joy in reading
10:02Beverly, Right Here
13:02 Helping kids read well
17:15A careful distinction
18:16How symbolism can trip us up
19:48‘Their heart on the page with my heart’
23:30Rereading Charlotte
26:19Bridge to Terabithia
29:50Easiest and hardest books to write
33:10‘Mercy is falling’ 🐖 🎶
34:13Which ranchero are you?
36:18Let the kids speak

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Quotes to remember:

“I want their heart on the page along with my heart on the page. My heart is there on the page, but it doesn’t become manifest until their heart is there on the page with mine. ” – Kate DiCamillo

Books from this episode:

Episode 143
Charlotte’s Web
Matilda
Because of Winn-Dixie
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Bridge to Terabithia
Bud, Not Buddy
Mercy Watson Boxed Set: Adventures of a Porcine Wonder
The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
Maniac Magee
Raymie Nightingale
Louisiana’s Way Home
Beverly, Right Here
3 Adventures on Deckawoo Drive: 3 Books in 1 (Tales from Deckawoo Drive)

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