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Book Release Day: Researching RANGER IN TIME: JOURNEY THROUGH ASH AND SMOKE

One of of the things I love to do in my author visits to schools is share the research behind my books with student writers. Kids love seeing photos of the real places where Ranger in Time stories takes place, and it’s fun to share how a tiny detail I might notice on a research […]

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To Share or Not to Share: Evaluating News & Other Online Content

To Share or Not to Share: Evaluating News & Other Online Content If you’re on social media, you’ve likely had the experience of scrolling through your feed and seeing something you thought was so great, so important, or so awful that you wanted to share it far and wide.   Recently, I watched a fake […]

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Wishes and Words: A Collaborative Poem from #NCTE16

This week at NCTE, I had the honor of presenting a session called “Get Writing! A Hands-On Workshop Celebrating the Transformative Power of Writing Communities for Teachers,” along with Jen Vincent, Jo Knowles, Kekla Magoon, Ammi-Joan Paquette, Mike Jung, and Karen Romano Young.  It was inspired by Teachers Write, our free, online summer writing camp […]

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Banned Books Week: An Update, a Note of Thanks, and Some Book Love

  This is Banned Books Week, an annual event from the American Library Association celebrating the freedom to read. It’s a week I’ve always marked by sharing my favorite challenged books, honoring authors who write about those tough topics that matter to kids (but sometimes scare adults), and thanking librarians, teachers, and booksellers who make […]

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Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2017!

Hi there – and welcome to the World Read Aloud Day author Skype volunteer list for 2017! If you’re new to this blog, I’m Kate Messner, and I write books like these:   I also read lots of books, and reading aloud is one of my favorite things in the world. When I was a […]

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Getting Ready for World Read Aloud Day: A Call for Author/Illustrator Skype Volunteers!

LitWorld’s magical World Read Aloud Day is February 16, 2017 – and one of the fun traditions of this day of sharing stories is for authors around the world to Skype into classrooms & libraries for short read-alouds. For the past few years, I’ve helped out by compiling a list of author volunteers so that […]

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Rebuilding School & Classroom Libraries in Louisiana

UPDATE AS OF 1/31/17 – At this time, all of the schools I’m aware of have had to stop taking donations so they can catch up on moving back into buildings and processing. Please do not send books without checking first!  If you’re like me, you’ve been watching the news out of Louisiana and wanting to […]

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Dear Grace: Hiking Lower & Upper Wolfjaw on 8.8.16

August 8, 2016 Dear Grace*, My June and July were crowded with travel to cities whose views come atop buildings instead of peaks, but I finally made it out for the first big hike of the season this week. I was worried about having waited so long, but I shouldn’t have been. From the unmistakable smell of […]

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Teachers Write 8.5.16 One Last Time…

I’m starting our last morning of Teachers Write with my favorite song from the musical  Hamilton. George Washington’s farewell song felt like a good way to end, since we’re saying a goodbye of our own today. It’s always bittersweet. Each August, I’m sad to say goodbye to our every-day-writing-together summer, but I’m also excited for all of the students you’re about […]

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Teachers Write 8.4.16 Thursday Quick-Write with Tracy Holczer

Good morning! It’s Thursday Quick-Write day, and we have guest author Tracy Holczer with us this morning. Tracy is the author of THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY and joins us today to talk about creating characters readers will remember. Digging Deep: Creating Memorable Characters “Go deep, not wide.” I don’t know who to attribute […]

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