I grew up on a diet of books by the master rhymer, Dr. Seuss. I devoured Green Eggs and Ham, the Sneetches and that crazy cat on the loose. As a teacher for 20 years, I did lots of rug read alouds. Rhyme sure does please the little listener crowds.
DiCamillo burst on the children's book scene in 2000 with Because of Winn-Dixie, a lovely book about a community, a girl, and a dog that continues to resonate with its intended audience almost 15 years later.