Kate DiCamillo is the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in the US. The job takes her around the country to advocate for the importance of reading.
This is from a Q&A piece in the Baltimore Sun
What’s the difference between a children’s book and a book with young characters that also appeals to adults?
I would posit that some books for children, like "Charlotte’s Web," deal with the central issues of what it means to be human that we keep turning over all of our lives.
But when I’m writing for children, I have it in my mind that I’m "duty-bound to end the story with hope." That’s a quote from [author] Katherine Paterson.
In addition, when I’m writing for kids I’m always aware of possibility and of magic. Impossible things can happen in stories for kids.
It makes me more hopeful myself, and more aware of possibilities. That’s why I love writing for kids.