Kate DiCamillo has some things that few people possess: A completely noteworthy laugh. Two Newbery Awards. A world-class ability to write stories that connect with young readers. And that connection has a tendency to spread — DiCamillo's stories are ones that readers often end up sharing with others. But more about that laugh. When DiCamillo laughs, the pitch, volume, and level of merriment all coalesce into the most satisfying burst of "Ha!" that you’re likely to hear. She'll be taking her noteworthy exclamation, together with her skills as a superb author, with her as she embarks on a two-year stint as the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. Both will serve her well.