Welcome to our second author spotlight – oo lah lah! Your host gets très excited to have a reason to research authors and sing their praises. This week we’re shining our spotlight on an author storyteller who hardly needs it, but, definitely deserves it? Who ever said there was too much goodness in the world needs an extra squeezy hug. (humble opinion)
Kate DiCamillo has an impressive list of accolades across the wide range of books she’s written (including Mercy Watson as reviewed by our Alex), which I encourage anyone to look at via the links we provide below. Her career is a testament to a person with integrity, persistence, and an author who isn’t afraid of hard work. However, we’re going to talk about a few other things.
First of all, that hair. It’s fantastic, and as someone who loves her own hair but can’t get it hold a curl to save her life, I’m forever a fan of hair that’s curly, wavy, and all-around happy hairstyle.
Second, Kate’s a dog lover. More than that, she’s an animal lover. Many of her books have animals in them and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see that. Pet ownership and caring for animals provides a myriad of benefits to children. It gives them responsibility, helps them experience compassion, and a sense of unconditional love. I grew up in a family full of pets and worked at animal sanctuaries and animal shelters, and can attest to the power of caring for animals. It’s magical seeing people come alive and connect just because some furry, feathered or scaly creature didn’t care what they looked like, talked like, or anything about the origin of their parents.
Our last ‘hooray!’ in our short author spotlight is on this quote she includes in one of author pages speaking to other authors:
“BELIEVE IN YOURSELF—there is no right or wrong way to tell a story. This is one reason that writing is so wonderful and terrifying: you have to find your own way. Be kind to yourself. Listen to other people. And then strike out on your own.”
What if you’re not a writer? It doesn’t matter. You tell stories to your friends, family, coworkers, children, dogs, porcupines, Alexa, and *fill in the blank*. What you experience matters. What you hear matters. What you share with others matters. YOU matter.
Thank you, Kate, we love your attitude and can’t wait to see more of your success.
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