Kate Messner

Kate Messner is passionately curious and writes books that encourage kids to wonder, too. She lives in upstate New York.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Beverly Cleary’s Ramona books

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
~Albus Dumbledore in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Loree Griffin Burns for nonfiction, and for novels, Linda Urban and Tracey Baptiste

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve always loved telling stories, and I’m super curious. Being an author is a great job for someone like that!

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Two things: Read as much as you can, and keep a notebook. Both of those things teach you to see the world and think like a writer.