Monthly Archives: April 2012

My Presentations & Signings at IRA

Monday and Tuesday of next week, I’ll be in Chicago for the International Reading Association Convention with a wonderfully busy schedule, speaking and signing books. If you’re there, too, I hope you’ll find me and say hello!  Here’s where to look… Monday, April 30 10:00-11:00 – Book Signing – OVER AND UNDER THE SNOW and […]

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Real Inspiration: Notes from the New England SCBWI Conference

I spent last weekend at the annual conference of the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. This conference is so special to me because it’s the first SCBWI conference I ever attended, back in 2007.  I met so many incredible, warm, wonderful writers, and since then, I’ve been lucky enough to get […]

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A visit with Kent Brown, executive director of the Highlights Foundation

I always loved reading Highlights as a kid, first in our doctor’s office and then signed out religiously from the school library, but it wasn’t until just last summer that I had the opportunity to visit the children’s magazine headquarters in Honesdale, Pennsylvania and spend a day as a guest at the Highlights Foundation workshop […]

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Hiking in the Fakahatchee Strand

I’ve been kayaking in the Everglades multiple times and out walking on just about every nature boardwalk that Southwest Florida has to offer, and every time I venture into the swamp, I fall just a little more in love with it. There’s something about the soggy mix of plants and birds and snakes – the […]

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Mornings at Corkscrew Swamp

 My blog has been quiet this past week because I was on a mostly-internet free trip to Southwest Florida, visiting some of my favorite people in the world and some of my favorite places, too.  There were warm afternoons reading by the pool and long walks on the beach.   There were boat rides and dolphins […]

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The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

The Titanic story has certainly been told and told again over the 100 years since her sinking, but in THE WATCH THAT ENDS THE NIGHT, Allan Wolf has managed to capture the voices of the beings that were part of that story in a wholly new and captivating way. This novel-in-verse chronicles the story of […]

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In honor of National Poetry Month… “Poetry Speaks”

Poetry Speaks (by Kate Messner, Copyright 2012)   Good evening. Thanks for coming. I’m honored to have this month A whole month, and April, too (so shiny!) Dedicated to my words, my breath, my beat.   But before I go on, I’d like to take this opportunity To clear up a misunderstanding About who I […]

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