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Kate DiCamillo gives a lecture, answers a billion questions from kids, and signs until the cows come home

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If you’ve never been to a Kate DiCamillo author event, you may have never experienced anything like it. Rock star, schmock star — the immediate past National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is her own brand of celebrity, beloved by children everywhere, not least the approximately one billion who attended the inaugural annual Margret and […]

Reading Without Walls: A Conversation with Gene Luen Yang

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Gene Luen Yang, graphic novelist and the Library of Congress’s 2016–2017 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has initiated a challenge to us all. Its rules are simple: read one book whose main character “doesn’t look like you or live like you”; OR read one book “about a topic you don’t know much about”; OR […]

The horror! The horror!

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So I’m reading World War Z for my part in Gene Luen Yang’s Reading Without Walls challenge. I admit I’m only biting off a little piece at a time, but I would have devoured the thing whole in high school, where most of my reading was either fantasy or horror or Ayn Rand, but I see […]

Editorial: Tear Down That Wall

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My kind of contest: read a book about a character unlike yourself, or read a book about a subject you don’t know much about, or read a book in a format different from what you’re used to. These parameters for the “Reading Without Walls Challenge,” devised by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen […]