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Children’s Author Kate Messer Virtually Visits Elementary School Students

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Author Kate Messner, as seen on Zoom

Children’s author Kate Messner recently paid three virtual visits to Hans Herr Elementary School and Lampeter Elementary School through the Hans Herr Guest Author program. Joining in via Zoom from her lakeside home in upstate New York, Ms. Messner led students in grades 2-5 through the writing process - from inspiration and research to publication and more. She focused on History Smashers: The Mayflower and Breakout, a story inspired by a real prison breakout, to explain how authors bring ideas to life in print.

Many thanks to our elementary librarian, Mrs. Spealman, for organizing the visit and to the Hans Herr PTO for continuing to fund the Guest Author program!

About the Author:
From picture books to nonfiction to novels, Ms. Messner has written and/or illustrated over 40 books for kids. Her popular series include Marty McGuire, Ranger in Time, Fergus and Zeke, and History Smashers, among others. This former middle school English teacher’s books have been recognized for their ability to reach students of all ages and explore important and timely topics in an age-appropriate manner. Viewing herself as a naturally curious person, her goal as a writer is to encourage students to view the world with a sense of wonder too. They are excellent choices for this unique age group! Learn more at

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