Kate DiCamillo, the author of the prizewinning "Because of Winn-Dixie," "The Tale of Despereaux," and "Flora & Ulysses," will meet readers in a free event at The Washington Post. (Catherine Smith)

Readers often tell us they are big fans of two things: animals and books. So The Washington Post is bringing the two together in an event with an author who has several cherished stories about animals.

Kate DiCamillo, author of the award-winning “Flora & Ulysses” and “Because of Winn-Dixie,” will talk books with KidsPost editor Christina Barron in a free event next month at The Washington Post.

DiCamillo, who is also the national ambassador for young people’s literature, has written 18 children’s books, including novels, early chapter books and picture books. Animals feature prominently in almost all of them.

Her latest novel, “Flora & Ulysses,” is the story of a girl who befriends a squirrel with extraordinary abilities. It won last year’s Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature.

After the discussion, audience members can ask DiCamillo questions and have her sign copies of her books. (“Flora” will be available for purchase at the event.) We hope to see you there!

DiCamillo’s latest book, "Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures." (Candlewick Press)

What: A discussion with Kate DiCamillo

When: March 17, 6 to 7 p.m.

Where: The Washington Post, 1150 15th Street NW

How much: Free. Reservations are required and can be made on Eventbrite.com at wapo.st/DiCamillo . There is a limit of four tickets per person.

For more information: A parent can call 202-334-7969 or send an e-mail to postpov@washpost.com.