KSU Conference on Children’s & YA Literature – Kate Messner Keynote Resources

A collection of resources, links, & recommended books from Kate Messner’s 2015 KSU Conference on Children’s & YA Literature Keynote:

 Ranger in Time -- Rescue on the Oregon TrailLink to Capture the FlagLink to All the AnswersCover of Marty McGuire Has Too Many PetsLink to Up in the Garden and Down in the DIrt


 Kate’s Book & Writing Pinterest Boards – with images & links relating to her books, research, revision, and more.

Kate’s 2012 TED Talk (blog summary)

Kate’s TED-Ed Lesson on World Building


Real Revision Author Interviews – Laurel Snyder, Jo Knowles, Ammi-Joan Paquette

A Stenhouse interview with Kate on revision 


“Revolution for the Tested” – Poem


Authors who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free, when you’ve read their books!)


Thoughts on Adding More Diverse Books to your Collection:

Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors – a great post on multicultural literacy from Reading Is Fundamental

Children’s Book Council Diversity Committee – Resources for Teachers and Librarians

We Need Diverse Books Summer Reading Series – (If you Liked… Read this next…)


Kate’s Books Mentioned in the Presentation:

Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

All the Answers

Over and Under the Snow

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt

How to Read a Story

Capture the Flag

Hide and Seek


Wake Up Missing


More Books Mentioned in the Presentation:


Books that Promote Wonder:

Dory Story by Jerry Pallotta & David Biedrzycki

Citizen Scientists: Be Part of a Scientific Discovery from Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns & Ellen Harasimowicz

Why’d They Wear That? by Sarah Albee


Books with Smart, Brave Characters (who fail and try again!)

The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking by Erin Dionne

The Water Castle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Hound Dog True by Linda Urban (source of “You can’t have brave without scared.”)


More Brand New Books to Share!  (2015 releases out now & upcoming – recommended by Kate, plus teachers, librarians, & other bookish friends via social media)

The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña & Christian Robinson

The Case for Loving by Selina Alko & Sean Qualls

Blue Birds by Caroline Starr Rose

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

A Handful of Stars by Cynthia Lord

Wish Girl by Nikki Loftin

The Truth About Twinkie Pie by Kat Yeh

Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Scholastic’s Spirit Animals Series (multiple authors)

 Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Listen Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Toad Weather by Sandra Markle & Thomas Gonzalez

Juna’s Jar by Jane Bank & Felicia Hoshino

Rodeo Red by Maripat Perkins & Molly Idle

Whale Trails: Before and Now by Lesa Cline-Ransome & G. Brian Caras

One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul

Anywhere But Paradise by Anne Bustard

The Year of the Three Sisters by Anna Chang

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks

Anywhere But Paradise by Anne Bustard

Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia

How to Outswim a Shark Without a Snorkel by Jess Keating

Honey by Sarah Weeks

New Shoes by Susan Meyer and Eric Velasquez

The Jumbies by Tracey Baptiste

Genuine Sweet by Faith Harkey

Book Scavenger by Jennifer Bertman

Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens

The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold

The Great Good Summer by Liz Garton Scanlon

The Friendship Riddle by Megan Frazer Blakemore

Moving Target by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Hook’s Revenge: The Pirate Code by Heidi Schulz

The Best Friend Battle by Lindsay Eyre

A Nearer Moon by Melanie Crowder

Princess Junipier of the Hourglass by Ammi-Joan Paquette