Celebrate the National Day on Writing With Author Kate Messner


o4925_rangerintime_4cc_zJoin New York Times “Notable” author Kate Messner on an inspirational journey through the process of writing a book.

During Messner’s live Google Hangout, students will learn that published authors go through the same process as student writers when creating a book, including brainstorming, researching, planning, drafting and editing.

Messner will also share how authors, editors, copy editors and illustrators work as a team to publish a book. Best of all, students will leave the event with not only a new appreciation of the writing process, but also with the confidence that anyone can tell a story!

Time and Date

Tuesday, October 20, 2015, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time / 16:00 GMT  (on Google Hangout (40 minutes)

Find out when this is in your timezone here

Before the visit

Download and try a FREE student activity on writing inspiration in the classroom. If you’d like, you can also read one of Kate Messner’s books. The virtual event will focus on the Ranger in Time chapter book series.

During the visit

Come with questions for the author – we will take questions from the crowd.

After the visit

Extend the learning with a FREE downloadable student activity.

Register Here! 

To download pre/post visit activities, and to register your class to participate in the hangout, please visit the registration page here:


Curriculum Links: English Language Arts & Literacy, Grades 3–5

About the Author

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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, http://www.katemessner.com/.


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