Katey Howes is a children’s author and a fierce advocate of not just literacy, but of raising kids who love to read. She treasures those moments when books allow children to relate their experience to the greater world, or when their curiosity skyrockets from interest to obsession. Katey tries to weave her passion for nature, travel, science, and creativity, as well as her sense of wonder, into stories that make children think more deeply, explore more broadly, and laugh a little bit louder.
Katey is the author of Grandmother Thorn, which Publishers Weekly calls “a visually arresting reminder that compromise has its benefits.” The folktale-style picture book relates the battle between the prickly Grandmother Thorn and a particularly stubborn vine that sprouts in her perfectly ordered garden. A dear friend, the passage of seasons, and a gift only nature can offer help Grandmother Thorn discover that some things are beyond our control, and that sweetness can blossom in unexpected places. Grandmother Thorn is beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Hahn and published by Ripple Grove Press (August, 2017).
Katey’s next picture book, Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Laucher Deluxe from Sterling Publishing (January, 2018), follows Magnolia, an irrepressibly inventive girl who’d rather tighten a nut or bolt than tie a ribbon or bow. When her rocket-scientist uncle (and inventing partner) decides to get married, Magnolia must invent a “Mudd-powered” way to be part of the wedding, or get stuck tossing petals in a frilly gown. Magnolia offers girls a positive role model who not only excels at engineering and science, but who is also unafraid to express herself in creative ways, all while showing her family how much she loves them.
Prior to her writing career, Katey was a physical therapist, specializing in brain injury rehabilitation. She now divides her time between writing for children and raising three ravenous readers. In addition, Katey is a team member at All the Wonders, a multi-media website that helps parents, teachers, and book lovers of all ages discover wondrous new ways to “go beyond the book.” Katey is also a founding member of Picture the Books, a place to discover debut authors and illustrators as they enter the children’s literature scene. Katey is an active SCBWI member, a Girl Scout leader, and contributes guest posts to blogs such as The Nerdy Book Club and Multicultural Parenting.
On a given weekend you might find Katey curled up with her kids and pile of library books, camping with her Brownie troop, exploring a science museum, or discovering a new destination with her travel-loving family. On weekdays, she works from her basement, where she has a tiny office, a large castle, and a medium-sized trebuchet. She is primarily powered by coffee and Moose Munch.