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: I Have a Balloon

I Have a Balloon Written by: Ariel Bernstein Illustrated by: Scott Magoon Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (September, 2017) Suitable for ages: PreK -3 Themes/Topics:   sharing, not sharing Opening: “I have a balloon.” “You have a balloon.” “I have a balloon.” “That … Continue reading

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PPBF – Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton

Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton  Written by: Sherri Duskey Rinker Illustrated by: John Rocco Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Suitable for ages: 4-8 Themes/Topics:   biography, storytelling, heavy equipment Opening:   This is Virginia Lee, but everyone in seaside Folly Cove simply … Continue reading

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Hello Goodbye Dog and Giveaway!

Hello Goodbye Dog introduces us to an affectionate, bouncy pooch named Moose who thinks saying “goodbye” to his girl Zara as she heads to school is as awful as “an itch that couldn’t be scratched.” Can Zara find a way … Continue reading

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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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