Remember the Wonder at Age 8

One of my favorite podcasts, moderated by Krista Tippett, is In its guiding questions – what does it mean to be human and how do we want to live? – invites soulful people whose contributions to answering those questions have inspired me and millions of listeners.

This week’s interview is illustrative: Kate DiCamillo, the great children’s author and award-winning storyteller, asks us to recapture how we were as an 8-year-old. The themes Kate explores with Krista are relevant to all that is simmering among us right now. How can we be honest with children about a world in which so much threatens our lives and lives of all sentient beings on Earth? I am especially thinking of Ukrainian children and their parents, but more so for all of us, and thinking, too, about youth who face an uncertain future as the planet herself is failing from destructive human activities. Kate DiCamillo reminds us of what is true and lasting. Podcast Be sure to listen to the end. You won’t regret it!

Kate DiCamillo’s First Book and Newberry Honor Winner