Author Archives: Cathy Ballou Mealey

About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Children's book author, repped by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency. Wife, mother, daughter, sister, alumna, autism advocate, book reviewer. Reach me via email at cmealey@post.harvard.edu or Twitter @catballoumealey

PPBF: Escargot

Escargot Written by: Dashka Slater Illustrated by: Sydney Hanson Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers (April, 2017) Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/Topics:   friendship, picky eater, new experiences, gastropods Opening: “Bonjour! I see you are staring at me! I … Continue reading

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On the Floor and Upside Down: Writing Strategies

If you ever have the great good fortune to attend a workshop with Kevin Lewis, you may want to sit in the back row. It’s his favorite spot for selecting volunteers! At the April 2017 New England SCBWI conference, Kevin invited … Continue reading

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So You Think You Can Write a Children’s Book…

Thank you Cheerios, because it was your “Spoonful of Stories” contest that first piqued my interest in writing for children. I clipped this tiny column from a parenting magazine and stuck it in my desk drawer almost seven years ago. … Continue reading

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Something’s Fishy – A Valentiny Tale

“It’s February 14th Trawler!” Lucy planted a sticky, lip-balmy kiss on the outside of his bowl. Ugh! Would he have a blurry view all day? “Let’s give this a polish.” Once his bowl sparkled, Trawler flicked his thanks in a … Continue reading

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Mrs. Beasley, meet Woody: A Toy Tale

This is Mrs. Beasley. She was featured in a 1970’s era TV show called Family Affair. I had my own Mrs. Beasley doll, and my favorite thing about her was that her plastic spectacles were removable. They were the perfect … Continue reading

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A Thanksgiving Reprise for Hand Turkeys

As many of us begin preparations for the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m offering a look back at one of my favorite poetry picture books, Deborah Ruddell’s brilliant A Whiff of Pine, a Hint of Skunk.  Visit my original #PPBF post with … Continue reading

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Crafty Characters: OFFICER KATZ and HOUNDINI +GIVEAWAY

Crafty is one word with many meanings, yet I can always apply it somehow to the wonderful books written by Maria Gianferrari. Penny, the young heroine starring in Maria’s Penny & Jelly series, is very crafty in the artistic sense. … Continue reading

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