Katey Howes writes with the twin goals of helping children connect their own experience to the greater world, and of inspiring children to become lifelong readers. She loves exploring different techniques, styles and genres to match a theme and to build an immersive experience for the reader. Her debut picture book, Grandmother Thorn, illustrated by Rebecca Hahn, was named a 2018 Anna Dewdney Read Together Honor Book by the Children’s Book Council. Publishers Weekly calls the folk-tale-style Grandmother Thorn “a visually arresting reminder that compromise has its benefits.”
Katey is also the author of Magnolia Mudd And The Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, illustrated by Valerio Fabbretti (Sterling, 2018). Be A Maker, illustrated by Elizabet Vukovic, was released in May 2019 (Carolrhoda).
When not writing for children, Katey contributes to websites and blogs about books, reading, parenting, and writing. Her articles can be found at All the Wonders, Nerdy Bookclub, KidLit411, STEAM-powered Family, Imagination Soup, and Multilingual Parenting, amongst others. She presents at writers’ conferences and education summits, but much prefers any opportunity to read, play, and create with children. Katey is most at home in libraries, bookshops, camps,and museums full of curious kids.
Katey lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three daughters. She and her family enjoy making everything from cupcakes to castles to catapults, exploring their wooded property, and traveling to new and exciting places. Katey is a former physical therapist. She loves math and science and is passionate about social change that empowers girls to see themselves as scientists, leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Katey reads widely, keeping librarians on their toes with requests for everything from children’s poetry to cognitive neuroscience.
You can find Katey on her screened porch with a notebook and a bowl of caramel corn – or find her online.