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The Best Nonfiction Books About Poop (for Kids of All Ages)

What is it with kids and poop? Why do they think it’s so hilarious?! I don’t have an answer for you, but I do have a list of the ten best books for poop-obsessed kids. Call it a gift guide.…

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How to Book Free Author & Illustrator Visits on World Read Aloud Day

Once a year, on World Read Aloud Day (WRAD), the kidlit community offers free, 20-minute virtual visits to schools around the world. Here’s how to schedule a visit from your favorite author or illustrator: Sign up for Kate Messner’s newsletter.…

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Starting a Picture Book Book Club for Grown-ups

I’d dabbled with writing children’s books for more than fifteen years when I finally decided to get serious about writing picture books. My daughter had recently moved out and I chose to fill my empty nest by digging into the…

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From Idea to Sale: A Picture Book Tale

I am thrilled to share the news that I have a third picture book coming out! Firefly Song tells the story of how former citizen scientist (and current firefly expert) Lynn Faust discovered a species of synchronous fireflies in the…

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Author Visit Tip: Ask Students for Feedback

[Please see my School Visits page or download my school visit information packet for details on bringing me and my award-winning book, THE GREAT STINK, to your school. I would love to meet you and your students!] The very first…

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World Read Aloud Day 2022

World Read Aloud Day is coming up on February 2, 2022! For the first time ever, I am joining millions of book lovers around the globe as we celebrate the power of reading aloud with World Read Aloud Day, held…

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Picture Books about Infrastructure

We tend not to think about things like bridges and roads, or water treatment, and sanitation facilities unless something goes wrong, but cities can’t function without them. Healthy infrastructure means healthy citizens! To celebrate the passing of the infrastructure bill,…

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Watch THE GREAT STINK Virtual Launch Party

A VIRTUAL LAUNCH PARTY FOR THE GREAT STINK!

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Independent Bookstore Day Gift Card Giveaway!

It’s Independent Bookstore Day and and I’m celebrating by giving away a $25 gift card to one winner’s favorite bookstore. Here’s how it works: Retweet this tweet and tag the independent bookstore where you plan to buy THE GREAT STINK.…

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