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Celebrating MABEL AND SAM AT HOME: A conversation with Linda Urban

“This highly recommended tribute to the imagination is comprised of delightful pictures and three clever and entertaining stories.” –Booklist, starred review There’s a beautiful new picture book in the world today, and it’s a perfect choice for kids with big imaginations. MABEL AND SAM AT HOME is written by my friend Linda Urban and published […]

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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 MG or YA manuscript critique & phone call with agent Sara Crowe

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: Skype Visit & Signed Books from Author Christina Diaz Gonzalez

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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Time to Write Revision Retreat – November 3-5, 2017

TIME TO WRITE REVISION RETREAT with Linda Urban & Kate Messner November 3-5, 2017 The What: The 2017 Time to Write Revision Retreat will include daily craft lectures from Linda and Kate, mentor-facilitated small-group critique sessions, lively community meals, and quiet work time.  Cost: $480 (or $455 for early registration by August 1st) includes all lectures […]

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