Books by Theme
Kate Messner writes both nonfiction and fiction for a range of young readers. She’s explored the natural world as well as various themes in novels and picture books.
How to Read a Story
Step by step instructions on how the read — and enjoy — a book are presented in lively illustrations and an encouraging narrative. A messy-coifed boy and his dog show the process all the way to THE END, and "if it was a really good story … start all over again."
Marty would rather spend recess catching frogs in the pond than playing dress-up with the other girls in third grade. So when her teacher casts Marty as the princess in the class play, Marty’s absolutely, positively sure that there’s been a huge mistake! But after a special lesson in the art of improvisation, Marty comes up with her own plan to improve the play. Maybe a princess in muddy sneakers can live happily ever after, after all! This is the first title in the Marty Maguire chapter book series.
Tree of Wonder: The Many Marvelous Lives of a Rainforest Tree
What and how many creatures make their home in one almendro tree? Count the animals and insects that reside in one single Latin American rainforest tree in lush illustrations and straightforward text.
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt
Even when it's too early to plant, there's a lot going on underground. When a grandmother and her grandchild do plant, they tend the garden until it's harvested and even then there's a great deal of activity down in the dirt. Richly colored illustrations show both on top and underneath the garden.
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