Because of Winn Dixie

Because of Winn Dixie

When Opal and her father move to Florida, she has no idea what to expect. But she doesn't expect to find a dog in the grocery who will change her life!

By: Katie DiCamillo

Discovery Questions

After your child receives and reads this book, Discuss one or more of the following questions to help him/her make connections and build comprehension.

  • Opal asked the preacher about her mother. The preacher made a list of ten things about Opal's mother. Write a list of ten things that describe who you are. Share it with a parent.
  • Opal reading the book to Gloria Dump it is an act of kindness. What other character in another book performs an act of kindness? Use a Venn diagram. How are they like Opal? How are they different? Share your diagram with a friend.
  • Miss Franny told Opal about her great-grandfather Litmus. He had learned that, "War is hell." He thought there was nothing good about war. Why are countries so quick to jump into them? Talk about this with a parent.
  • What do you know about taking care of a dog? What have you learned by reading this book? Create a handbook. Make sure to include tips on feeding, grooming, and other important information. Draw and color the pictures!

Book Details

Grade Level:
3rd Grade
Student Favorite
Part of a Series
Book Code

Discover More about Because of Winn Dixie

Creative Fiction

Because of Winn Dixie ends on an uplifting note of bringing people together and a little girl finding her way in a new town. Write a continuation of the book – what happens when Opal goes to school in Naomi in the fall? Does she make new friends? Who does she tell her stories to? Does her mom come back to find her?

Other Kate DiCamillo Books

Kate DiCamillo is an established author living in Minneapolis.  Because of Winn Dixie is her first novel. It was published in 2000, and she’s been writing ever since!

Check out these other books by Kate DiCamillo!

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

The Tale of Despereaux

Book Talk!

​Pretend you are Opal and have just moved to a new town and state where you don’t know anyone. How would you go about making friends? In what ways can people make friends? Why is having friends important? What organizations can help children make friends safely?

Anxiety in Dogs

Winn Dixie was always howling and ripping apart the house when his owners would leave. This is called separation anxiety. Does your dog or cat show signs of anxiety when you go to school or when there’s thunder or fireworks? Learn about separation anxiety and how to help pets that suffer from it!

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