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Free Virtual Author Visit With Kate Messner

In this engaging video, award-winning children's author Kate Messner describes everything it takes to write a book, from initial brainstorming and planning to drafting, revision, and editing. Share it with students to show how even published authors go through the same steps they do when writing an essay or story.

Before watching: Download this free student activity that focuses on generating story ideas.  


After watching: Extend the learning with this free student activity on writing organization.  ZB-Writing-PDF-2


About the Author

Kate Messner is an award-winning author whose books for kids have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, Indie Bound, and Bank Street College of Education Best Books selections. The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. was the winner of the 2010 E.B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers. Kate also spent 15 years teaching middle school and earned National Board certification in 2006. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves spending time outside. To learn more about Kate and her books, please visit her website, katemessner.com.


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