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Kate Messner
Keynote Speaker
Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder too. Her titles include award-winning picture books like Over and Under the Pond, Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt, Over and Under the Snow, The Brilliant Deep, and How to Read a Story; novels that tackle real-world issues like Breakout, All the Answers, and The Seventh Wish; the Fergus and Zeke easy reader series; and the popular Ranger in Time chapter book series about a time-traveling search and rescue dog.

Kate’s titles are frequently selected for One School, One Book and One School/One Author programs and other community-wide reads – especially The Seventh Wish, which deals with a family affected by heroin addiction and Breakout, a novel inspired by a real-world prison break, which takes a look at privilege and perspective. In 2020, Kate will have at least 10 new books published! Kate’s books have been New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, and Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year selections.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate was a NBCT who spent 15 years teaching middle school English as well as a TV news reporter. She lives on Lake Champlain with her family. She can be found online at


Where to see Kate Messner
Tuesday, July 14th
Morning Keynote: Kate Messner
Afternoon Keynote: Erin Entrada Kelly

How to Attend
Registration for the 2020 Independent Reading Summits will open in February. Mark your calendar to come back and reserve your spot!

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