Meet Me in St. Louis…for the ILA Conference! (Sorry…couldn’t resist)

I’ll be in St. Louis for the International Literacy Convention this weekend and am so excited to spend time with fellow book lovers. If you’ll be there, too, I’d love it if you’d come by one of my sessions or signings to say hello. Here’s where to find me…


11:45 AM – 12:45 PM | I’ll be giving the lunchtime talk at Institute 07: Accelerating and Extending Literacy for Diverse Learners: Using Culturally Responsive Teaching
Location: America’s Center St. Louis: Room: 226



10:00 AM – 11:45 PM | Signing Books at Anderson’s

Location: Anderson’s Booth #1938

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM |  Signing advance copies of BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, WRITING STORIES FROM REAL LIFE, an anthology edited by Mike Winchell, in which I have a personal narrative/short story pair, at Penguin Random House

Location: Penguin Random House Booth #1919

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM | Teaching Edge-The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach
Location: America’s Center St. Louis, Ferrara Theatre

Join Ruth Culham and authors Kate Messner, and Lester Laminack to discover how using fiction and nonfiction picture books is a rewarding and powerful teaching strategy to help students of all ages learn to write. As models for good writing, students use picture books, chapter books, and everyday texts to to learn specific craft techniques to create strong writing using the writing process. Participants will sample books that align with each of the writing traits, make writing connections to each of the modes/purposes (narrative, informational, argumentative (opinion), and learn how to motivate student writers by using this powerful teaching strategy Presenter(s): ​Ruth Culham​, The Culham Writing Company, ​Dr. Lester Laminack​, Author/Consultant, Kate Messner​,​Scholastic

Ranger in Time -- Rescue on the Oregon TrailRANGER #2 Final Cover

 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Signing at Scholastic (Ranger in Time series)

Location: Scholastic Booth #1512

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM | Booksource Reception at BookSource

Location: Booksource Headquarters, 1230 Macklind Avenue

Saturday Evening – Scholastic Family Dinner



Link to All the Answers

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Signing ALL THE ANSWERS at Bloomsbury ( with Megan Frazer Blakemore – yay!)

Location: Bloomsbury Booth #1425

Up in the Garden and Down in the DirtHow to Read a StoryLink to Over and Under the Snow

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM |  Signing at Chronicle (HOW TO READ A STORY, UP IN THE GARDEN & DOWN IN THE DIRT, and OVER & UNDER THE SNOW)

Location: Chronicle Booth #1421

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM | Short Presentation at Scholastic

Location: Scholastic Booth #1512 Theater

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Book Signing at Follett

Location: Follett Booth #823

(and then home!)

1 Reply on “Meet Me in St. Louis…for the ILA Conference! (Sorry…couldn’t resist)

  1. Have fun, Kate!

    I am so wishing that I could see “Teaching Edge-The Writing Thief: Using Mentor Texts to Teach”. I saw Ruth speak in Syracuse at the NYS Reading Association Conference and it was awesome. She used text (fiction and non) from Gary Paulsen.

    Have a great weekend!