Kate DiCamillo & Literary Mice

Award-winning children’s author Kate DiCamillo discussed her book The Tale of Despereaux, a delightful story of a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea, at the Plaza Branch on January 9, 2009. Discover the wonder of her acclaimed fiction for kids or check out a few literary mice scampering across the pages of other children’s novels.

Books by Kate DiCamillo | Literary mice

Books by Kate DiCamillo

Children’s novels

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a  Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread
By Kate DiCamillo
Winner of the Newbery Medal, this is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
By Kate DiCamillo
This is a story about a toy china rabbit named Edward Tulane. When he becomes lost, Edward takes an extraordinary journey and shows readers a true miracle.

Because of Winn-Dixie
By Kate DiCamillo
A Newbery Honor book, this first novel recalls the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers. The narrator – ten-year-old Opal – describes her first summer in the town of Naomi, Florida, and all the good things that happen because of her big, ugly dog, Winn-Dixie. This book was made into a movie starring Jeff Daniels and AnnaSophia Robb in 2005.

The Tiger Rising
By Kate DiCamillo
This National Book Award finalist introduces 12-year-old Rob Horton, who encounters a real tiger in the misty Florida woods. That same day, he meets Sistine Bailey, a girl who shows her feelings as readily as Rob hides his. As they learn to trust each other and become friends, Rob and Sistine prove that some things can't be locked up forever.

Picture books

Great Joy By Kate DiCamillo

Great Joy
By Kate DiCamillo
It is just before Christmas when an organ grinder and monkey appear on the street corner outside Frances's apartment. Frances can see them from her window and, sometimes, when it's quiet, she can hear their music. In fact, Frances can't stop thinking about them, especially after she sees the man and his monkey sleeping outside on the cold street at midnight. When the day of the Christmas pageant arrives, and it's Frances's turn to speak, everyone waits silently. But all Frances can think about is the organ grinder's sad eyes -- until, just in time, she finds the perfect words to share.

Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken
By Kate DiCamillo
As Louise ventures out into the great wide world, she's a not-so-chicken chicken who isn't afraid to take flight. Lush illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Harry Bliss bring DiCamillo's intrepid, spirited, and hope-filled heroine hilariously to life.

Books for early readers

Mercy Watson series

Mercy Watson series
By Kate DiCamillo
Kate DiCamillo introduces an irresistible hero for early chapter book readers in this exciting series of pig tales brightly illustrated with nostalgic comic flair by Chris Van Dusen.

  • Mercy Watson to the Rescue
  • Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride
  • Mercy Watson Fights Crime
  • Mercy Watson: Princess in Disguise
  • Mercy Watson Thinks Like a Pig

Literary mice

The Tale of Despereaux features an extraordinary mouse. Meet a few more delightful mice in these novels for kids.

Abel's Island

Abel's Island
By William Steig
A Newbery Honor book, Abel’s Island features Abel, a very civilized mouse castaway on an uninhabited island, who finds his resourcefulness and endurance tested to the limit as he struggles to survive and return to his home.

Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler
By William Wise
With the delightful feel of a lost (and found) classic, this is the story of a rather extraordinary mouse who, through the force of will and good luck, finds his own small way in a very large world.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
By Beverly Cleary
Tiny Ralph S. Mouse lives in a mouse hole in Room 215 of the Mountain View Inn. Life becomes downright thrilling when Keith and his family stop at the inn for a few days, and Keith lets Ralph ride his toy motorcycle. A heartwarming story of responsibility and trust.


By Avi
This delightful tale chronicles the early adventures of Poppy's lost love, Ragweed. Determined to see the world, Ragweed leaves his family and country home and sets off by train for the big city, a place fraught with cars, buses, music, excitement, and danger.

The Great Googlestein Museum Mystery
By Jean Van Leeuwen
Tired of their comfortable digs in Macy's department store, Marvin, Fats, and Raymond are three mice searching for adventure. Following a hair-raising ride in a shopping bag, they find themselves disembarking in front of the famous Guggenheim Museum of Modern Art. There they discover many interesting things about the world of human beings.

The School Mouse
By Dick King-Smith
Flora is not like other mice. She can read! Flora, who lives with her family in a country schoolhouse, learns to read along with the kindergartners. When an exterminator leaves poison around the school, Flora's literacy saves her family's lives.

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