World Read Aloud Day – February 1, 2023

LitWorld’s mission is “to strenthen kids and communities through the power of stories.” Join in!

Kathleen is excited to again participate in World Read Aloud Day and share her love of story and storytelling.

To reserve a time slot, please visit Kate Messner’s website for more information. Special thanks to Kate, a steadfast advocate in the KidLit world!

Monroe Community College – November 5, 2023, 10-4

Kathleen is so excited that the Rochester Children’s Book Festival – now 25 years old – is back and in-person! Thank you to all sponsors and participating authors and illustrators. But especially to the organizers who log countless hours bringing this free celebration of literacy and literature to our community.

Irondequoit Rotary – April 13, 2022

Kathleen will be a guest speaker at The Irondequoit Rotary, to share her love of story and her conviction that everyone has a story to tell. How can we tap into our own experience to discover story?

Barnes & Noble, Webster, NY – April 2, 2022

Story Time & Signing - 2PM

Kathleen is excited to share her love of writing and story with young readers. Join in for a reading of HOSEA PLAYS ON and MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION – complete with a book chat and signing.

Lift Bridge Book Shop, Brockport, NY – April 9, 2022

Story Time, Signing, & Craft - 12PM

Kathleen is excited to share her love of writing and story with young readers. Join in for a reading of HOSEA PLAYS ON and MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION – complete with a book chat and signing. Plus…make your own rocket!

Central Library, Rochester, NY – April 18, 2022

Story Time - 10AM

Kathleen is excited to share her love of writing and story with young readers. Join in for a reading of HOSEA PLAYS ON and MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION – complete with a fun craft!

Seymour Library, Brockport, NY – April 18, 2022

Story Time - 3-4PM

Kathleen will share her process for writing a picture book, followed by a reading of MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION – get ready to build your own rocket ship!

Hipocampo Children’s Books – May 11, 2022

Story Time - 5PM

Kathleen is excited to share MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION with young readers and families at this gem-of-a-bookstore in Rochester, New York!

 St. Louis School, Pittsford, NY – May 17, 2022

Author Visit

Kathleen meet with students at all grade levels, for a day of story sharing, creating, process, and fun!

Warsaw Elementary School – May/June 2022

Writing Workshops

Kathleen is excited to return to Warsaw Elementary School, where she will conduct a series of 5 writing workshops with budding 3rd-grade authors!

Arnett Branch Library – June 29, 2022

Story Time & Craft

Join Kathleen at this beautiful library, whose exterior is graced with murals of book images, including her own HOSEA PLAYS ON! Kathleen will read her latest picture book and lead participants in a fun craft.

February 2, 2022

World Read Aloud Day

Kathleen will join millions around the globe to celebrate reading aloud, as part of the 13th Annual World Read Aloud Day. Her visits, to date, include schools in Indiana, Texas, New Jersey, and Georgia. She still has a couple of spots left; complete the form on our Contacts Page, if interested.

November 6, 2021

Rochester Children's Book Festival/Kids' Books ROC (Virtual)

The Rochester Children’s Book Festival has been part of the Greater Rochester (NY) area for nearly 25 years. This year, for the first time, it is virtual, opening it up to everyone! Kathleen will participate in a picture book panel with Yuko Jones, London Ladd, and Peggy Thomas, as well as read MILO’S MOONLIGHT MISSION in the Festival’s Read-to-Me Corner. Go to to register for any and all presentations and workshops!

December 9, 2021     25 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY

Rochester Music Hall of Fame: Books Backstage

“Books Backstage” shines a spotlight on authors and the artists featured in their books. This event will include the story behind Kathleen’s book HOSEA PLAYS ON, a moderated discussion, live music featuring saxophonists, and a book signing (books can be purchased onsite — in time for the holidays!). Admission is $8.

October 12, 2021   10AM

Story Time • Mendon, New York

In celebration of the upcoming Rochester Children’s Book Festival – this year known as Kids’ Books ROC – Kathleen will read her newest picture book outdoors for Mendon Library’s Story Time. Special giveaways for budding astronauts and their Seconds-in-Command included!

September 15, 6PM

Mural Dedication • Rochester, New York

Join Kathleen and the patrons of the Arnett Branch of the Rochester Public Library, as they celebrate the completion of The Mural Project, featuring beloved titles painted on the outside of the library. Each of the 3 artists, Library staff, and 2 of the authors, including Kathleen, will say a few words. This is a truly unique depiction of literature in the arts! Kathleen is honored to have her book HOSEA PLAYS ON permanently displayed on the library in Hosea’s very own neighborhood. Pictured here are Kathleen’s parents, to whom she dedicated the book. The illustrator, Shane W. Evans, also has Rochester roots!

May 5, 2021

Webinar• Yeehoo Press

With her publisher, Yeehoo Press and Helen Wu, Kathleen will discuss the different ways of telling true stories (yes, even in fiction!), as well as the crucial role art plays in telling a story. Helen will take us on a journey from manuscript to finished product, and all the stops along the way.

Preregistration is required.

January 25, 2021                           

Inclusion School Podcast • Guest

Kathleen is excited to chat with Julie Kratz and Simone Morris, who host the Inclusion School Podcast–a resource for educators, parents, and caregivers.

February 19-21, 2021

SCBWI Annual Winter Conference • Virtual

Although Kathleen will miss seeing her conference peers in person, she is excited to attend the SCBWI Winter Conference, normally held in New York City.

Past Events:

Victor (NY) Central Schools
Wakefield (MA) Elementary Schools
Hilton (NY) Elementary Schools
Rochester City School District
Penfield Central Schools
Pembroke Central Schools
Warsaw Central Schools
Victor/Farmington Library Presentation
Victor/Farmington Library Storytime
Barnes & Noble, Pittsford, NY Reading/Signing
Hipocampo Children’s Books Reading/Signing
Arnett Branch Library Reading/Signing
Mendon Public Library Storytime

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