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Because of Winn-Dixie


Parents' Choice Awards Gold Award
Riverbank Review Children's Books of Distinction
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Bulletin Blue Ribbons
Judy Lopez Memorial Awards for Children's Literature
New York Public Library Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
New York Times Book Review Notable Books of the Year
Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year
SEBA (Southeast Booksellers Association) Best Books of the Year
Smithsonian's Notable Books for Children
Not Just for Children Anymore!
ALA (American Library Association) Notable Children's Books
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Books of the Year
Newbery Award Honor Book 2001
Nutmeg Award, The (Connecticut)
Washington State Book Award
Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards 2002-2002
Hedgie Award for Best Read-Aloud Chapter Book
Book Sense Book of the Year Award
ABC (Association of Booksellers for Children) Children's Choices Award
Offspring Magazine "Best Books of 2000"
Land of Enchantment Book Award, Master ListA New York Times Bestseller
Texas Bluebonnet Award Winner
Massachusetts Children's Book Award Winner
Alabama Children's Choice Award Winner
Colorado Children's Book Award Nominee

Sasquatch Reading Award Nominee (Washington)
Sunshine State Young Reader's Award Winner
California Young Reader Medal
IRA Young Adults' Choice
Maine Student Book Award Winner
Oklahoma State Children's Sequoyah Award
Bank Street College Josette Franklin Award
NAHEE (National Association for Humane and Environmental Education) KIND Children's Book Award
Volunteer State Book Award Winner (Tennessee)
William Allen White Children's Book Award
Virginia State Reading Association's Young Readers Award
Mark Twain Award (Missouri Association of School Librarians)
Golden Sower Award (Nebraska)
Golden Archer Award (Wisconsin)
West Virginia Children's Book Award
Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award in the Junior Division
Young Hoosier Book Award (Indiana)
Book Sense Best Books


Kirkus Reviews, starred review
"Brush strokes of magical realism elevate this beyond a simple story of friendship to a well-crafted tale of community and fellowship, of sweetness, sorrow, and hope. And it's funny, too. A real gem."
Publishers Weekly, starred review
"...[E]xquisitely crafted first novel. Each chapter possesses an arc of its own and reads almost like a short story in its completeness; yet the chapters add up to much more than a sum of their parts. . . This bittersweet tale of contemporary life in a small Southern town will hold readers rapt."
School Library Journal, starred review
"This well-crafted, realistic, and heartwarming story will be read and reread as a new favorite deserving a long-term place on library shelves."
School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Selected titles were chosen by the editors based on the following criteria: strength of story line, clarity or presentation, quality of illustration, and estimated appeal to children or adolescents.
"A heartfelt story that is sure to touch a chord with readers."
Horn Book Guide, The
"A gentle book about good people coming together to combat lonliness and heartache--with a little canine assistance."
New York Times Book Review, The
"Poignant and delicately told."
Star Tribune
Minneapolis, MN Circ = 682,000
"an enchanting little book with a touch of magic, a cast of great characters, and a lot of real life and wisdom."
Five Owls, Book of Merit
"Children will enjoy Opal's abiding humor and Winn-Dixie's disarming and endearing ways, and the funny and important things that happen when the two of them get together."
San Francisco Chronicle
". . . carefully touches on big issues: abandonment, loneliness, empathy and belonging."
Teaching K-8
"It's rare to recommend a book for all ages but here we have BECAUSE OF WINN-DIXIE by Kate DiCamillo."
Orlando Sentinel
"Both kids and grown-ups love it . . . it's a great read-aloud book . . . it has scooped up numerous awards . . . it's an unforgettable story about making friends . . . "
Washington Post
"It's the kind of book people love and tell their friends to read."
Star Tribune
Minneapolis, MN Circ = 682,000
"DiCamillo doesn't shy from bad things, and while she validates a child's sense of grief and loss, she also hold open life's possibilities."
Book Links
"In this Newbery Honor Book, the author skillfully weaves a variety of characters together to show the meaning of friendship."
Book Links
"This lively coming-of-age story touches on friendship, loss, and understanding."
Midwest Book Review
"An honest, well written story that will tug at your heart."
"The books' truthfulness is what makes it so powerful. People can identify with the fact that everyone sort of isolates themselves because of a misconnection or a loss or whatever is in their lives."
Scholastic Administrat@r Magazine
Featured in list of the top 10 children’s chapter books of the last 25 years