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Introducing our Teachers Write 2018 Guest Authors!

Teachers Write is a free, online summer writing camp for teachers and librarians. This summer, our program runs from July 9th to August 3rd. You can learn all about the program and sign up to join us here.  The best thing about Teachers Write is that you’ll have the opportunity to write with and learn […]

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More Voices, More Faces: A Challenge for Educators, Conference & Festival Organizers, and Authors & Illustrators

We’re celebrating Women’s History month with 31 days of posts focused on improving the climate for social and gender equality in the children’s and teens’ literature community. Join in the conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kidlitwomen or Twitter #kidlitwomen   I have never met an educator or children’s book creator who didn’t claim to support diversity in children’s literature. […]

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Researching Ranger in Time: D-Day: Battle on the Beach

The trick to writing a series of historical adventures with a time-traveling search and rescue dog is choosing topics that kids are excited to read about. Often, that means dealing with time periods that have been written about many times before but digging to find a story that hasn’t been told over and over. The […]

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Skype with an Author on World Read Aloud Day 2018!

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 kid, I […]

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Getting ready for World Read Aloud Day 2/1/18 – A Call for Author Skype Volunteers!

LitWorld’s magical World Read Aloud Day is February 1, 2018 – 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 teachers […]

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Two New Novels for the New School Year: The Exact Location of Home and Breakout!

I have two books to talk about today – one that will feel very familiar to my readers & one that’s different from anything I’ve ever written! First… today is book release day for THE EXACT LOCATION OF HOME!  It’s about geocaching, absent parents, great blue herons, homelessness, and friendship. It’s also a companion novel […]

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New Books for Hurricane Harvey Schools & Libraries: Details for schools/libraries and authors/publishers

Hundreds of Texas classrooms and libraries lost books in Hurricane Harvey and related flooding, and some have started reaching out to ask for help to make sure kids have books when they return to school. Please note that the best way to help is by donating money, either to individual libraries or to the Texas […]

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KidLit Cares: Full picture book, MG, or graphic novel manuscript critique with editor Shana Corey

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can […]

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KidLit Cares: Partial manuscript critique & phone call with editor Andrew Karre

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can […]

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KidLit Cares: Original drawing & signed books from author-illustrator Dan Santat

Welcome to KidLit Cares, an online talent auction to benefit the Red Cross relief effort to help communities recover from Hurricane Harvey and related flooding. Agents, editors, authors, and illustrators have donated various services to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, with donations being made directly to the Red Cross disaster relief fund. You can […]

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