Monthly Archives: May 2009

How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author Danielle Joseph

This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."   It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Three Cheers for Peru Intermediate Readers!

I spent part of Friday afternoon celebrating with Peru Intermediate School 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to mark the end of their big reading incentive month.  While reading is always important, Peru decided to give it some extra attention in May by asking kids to set personal reading goals.  (I set one, too, and finished […]

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Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

&amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /> &amp;lt;div class=”statcounter”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=”http://www.statcounter.com/free_invisible_web_tracker.html” target=”_blank”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;img class=”statcounter” src=”http://c37.statcounter.com/3329019/0/47cf46ed/1/” alt=”best tracker”&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;lt;/div&amp;gt;&lt;br /&gt;<br /> &amp;lt;p&amp;gt; Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List!  I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site.  I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors […]

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Revision at the National Archives

Last weekend, aside from researching my new book in Washington, D.C. I got to visit someplace I’ve always wanted to go. The National Archives is home to the Charters of Freedom exhibit, including the original Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights.  They were breathtaking, but it was this document set off to the […]

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How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author Cindy Pon

This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."  It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Concert on the Capitol Lawn

Has anyone ever noticed that the number of volunteer "research assistants" you have is in direct proportion to the coolness of your research trip?  When I was able to schedule my Smithsonian trip for this weekend, it seemed like a great idea for the whole family to come along, and we’ve been able to squeeze […]

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Author Visits, Books, & Research Geeks

First of all, if you are a teacher or librarian interested in a possible author visit for the 2009-2010  school year, please drop me an email. (kmessner at katemessner dot com with no spaces or anything)  Several people had asked about this before I was ready to start thinking about  next year, and I promised to get […]

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Field Trip Critters

I teach middle school, first and foremost, because I love kids that age and love sharing books and writing with them.  Reason #2?  Probably the field trips.  I have never quite gotten over that feeling I used to get in second grade when I’d arrive at school, see the yellow buses waiting outside, and know […]

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How They Got Here: 2009 Debut Author Leigh Brescia

This post is part of a year-long series of blog interviews I’ll be hosting with my fellow 2009 Debut Authors, called "How They Got Here."  It should be an especially helpful series for teens who write, teachers, and anyone who wants to write for kids.  2009 debut authors will be dropping by to talk about […]

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Celebrating Children’s Book Week at Peru Intermediate

I spent my Children’s Book Week Wednesday at an extra-special school visit. All this month, the kids at Peru Intermediate School are reading my Lake Champlain historical novels, Spitfire and Champlain and the Silent One with their teachers, while they read other books at home to work toward meeting personal reading goals for the month.  […]

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