Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
Ages 8 and up (younger kids welcome as listeners)
Reading Led by Linda Artel
Former children's film festival programmer at BAMPFA
The summer Opal and her father move to the small town of Naomi, Florida, she goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket and comes out with a dog—a big, ugly, suffering dog with a splendid sense of humor, whom she names after the market. Together they meet the diverse residents of the town and hear their stories, and Opal learns about friendship, empathy, and forgiveness. Join former BAMPFA children’s film festival programmer Linda Artel in a participatory reading of the opening chapters of this remarkable story of a young girl’s growth and resilience, then take a copy home to continue reading to find out how the story ends.