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 or Twitter @catballoumealey

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 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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Title Trends: SHOUTING

Friction. Tension. Our adult world is rife with stress and conflict lately, and I’ve noticed it has somehow trickled into new picture book releases as well. I’m neither praising nor condemning the trend, just commenting. I live in a neighborhood … Continue reading

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Finding the Right Notes: WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNING Written by Arthur A. Levine Illustrated by Katie Kath Running Press Kids • Ages 4 to 8 $16.95 US • $21.99 CAN Noah’s Grandpa is an energetic, operatic powerhouse of fun. He starts singing at sunrise … Continue reading

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A Stellar Selection! Penny and Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars

Penny & Jelly: Slumber Under the Stars HMH Books for Young Readers, June 2016 Written by Maria Gianferrari, illustrated by Thrya Heder In this young and funny picture book companion to Penny & Jelly: The School Show, Penny is invited … Continue reading

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