A Bookprint is the list of five books that leave an indelible mark on our lives, shaping who we are and who we become.
You are what you read.
Kate shares why she chose the following books for her Bookprint:
1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
This book made me think so much about what it possible and impossible, and how the lines between the two so often blur.
2.The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
From the time I was very young, I believed in the power of nature and felt closest to the world and myself when I was outside, breathing fresh air and looking at the sky.
3.Ramona the Pest by Beverly Cleary
I believe that books can be both windows to other worlds and mirrors that show us ourselves in other stories. Ramona was a mirror for me, and I was so happy to find another too-energetic but still lovable girl in Beverly Cleary’s books.
4.Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret by Judy Blume
Judy Blume taught me, as she taught so many kids of my generation and today’s, that it’s okay to have questions about anything, and to ask them out loud.
5.The Best Loved Poems of the American People selected by Hazel Felleman
My friend Joanna introduced me to this book. We memorized “The Highwayman” together and whispered it in the dark it at sleepovers, and I have been in love with poetry over since.
Kate Messner is the award-winning author of more than a dozen current and forthcoming books for children and teens, including the popular Marty McGuire series and Capture the Flag with Scholastic, E.B. White Read Aloud Award winner The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., Sugar and Ice, Eye of the Storm, Sea Monster’s First Day, and Over and Under the Snow, winner of the Golden Kite Award and an ALSC and NY Times Notable Children’s Book of 2011. A TED 2012 speaker and former middle school English teacher, Kate is a frequent conference presenter and loves visiting classrooms and libraries in person and via Skype to talk about reading and writing with kids. Learn more at her website: http://www.katemessner.com