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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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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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More than Seven Wishes: A Community Poem

THE SEVENTH WISH is a story about wishes. I thought it would be fun to celebrate that theme at my book signings in Boston and Washington, D.C last month, so I asked people to share a wish on an index card. I promised to compile them into a community poem – and to take all of the index-card […]

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Remember Who We Serve: Finding solutions, moving forward, and some food for thought

I’ve been having an open conversation with an elementary librarian who emailed the week THE SEVENTH WISH came out to let me know that she had placed the book on her order list but removed it when she found out what it was about. THE SEVENTH WISH earned a starred review from Kirkus, which called it […]

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An Important Conversation about Elementary Library Book Selection & Omission

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post called “Remember Who We Serve: Some Thoughts on Book Selection and Omission,” which you can read here. I explained that after I was disinvited from a school visit in Vermont last week, another librarian from a different state contacted me to let me know that she loved my […]

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The Seventh Wish Update: Some good news and a continuing conversation…

Today, I received an email from South Burlington’s Chamberlin School principal Holly Rouelle, who told me that a decision has been made to carry THE SEVENTH WISH in her school library. She says the school never intended to censor the book, and that is great news in light of this week’s events. In case you’re new to […]

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