Loft Wordplay and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Book Club with Kate DiCamillo

Loft Wordplay and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Book Club with Kate DiCamillo

Virtual Wordplay is a presentation of St. Catherine University and Star Tribune. This event is in collaboration with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine and is sponsored by Ryan Reads (a Ryan Companies project).

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Alternate Streams & Replays

If you registered on Crowdcast, you can watch a replay in the embedded player below. You can also view the conversation via YouTube here:

Additional Resources

Keep reading & writing at home with these fun and engaging worksheets and creative prompts!

Educator Resources

Download Candlewick's The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane lesson plans, pre- and post-reading discussion questions, creative prompts, activities, hands-on learning tools here: 

Breathing Life into Inanimate Objects

Kate used her imagination to create Edward's character. He's just a doll, but he has a whole lot of personality! Any inanimate object can be a great character for a story, as long as you give them a little attitude. How might a shoe feel about being stuck on someone's foot all day? Do the hands of a clock get dizzy? Is leftover lasagna relieved or disappointed when you pack it into a tupperware and put it in the fridge?

Choose an object in your house and "interview" it. Write down your questions in a Q & A format. Here are a few to get you started:

How did you become a ___ ?

What's your favorite part about your job?

Do you have any friends? Do you get along with any other inanimate objects in the house?