A Thursday Afternoon with Kate Messner and Linda Urban

OK, I'll admit it. I have the best job in the world! (At least it's the best job for me!) Award-winning authors Kate Messner and Linda Urban spent yesterday afternoon with my second, third, and fifth graders. Linda and Kate delivered amazing booktalks, discussed their writing and research process, and modeled what true friendship looks like. During the book signing, they provided writing advice and asked thoughtful questions. Thank you, Linda Urban and Kate Messner, for the stories you write, the respect you show readers, and for turning kids into avid readers.

A student asks Linda Urban why Hound Dog True is written in third person.

Kate Messner discusses her forthcoming novel, The Eye of the Storm.

This video demonstrates just one of the many things Kate Messner does to get a scene just right.

Kate Messner shares where she got the idea for Sea Monster's First Day.

Look for their books at your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops.


  1. Love these glimpses into life in your library! Beautiful!

  2. Thank you, Sharon! I hope you visit one day.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing this afternoon with us. How cool on hearing why it is third pov in Hound Dog True and the kids getting to see that cover first (bet they loved that!).

    And finally--wow on the cake!

  4. WHERE do you get your awesome cakes? Are they funded by the school's PTO? A friendly baker?

  5. A teacher at my school has a small cake business. She's amazing. I pay for the cakes.

  6. Thank you again, Mr. Schu! What an amazing thing to be welcomed into a school where books and reading are so very celebrated. I had an amazing time with you and your students!


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