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Book Announcement: Goodnight School
Catherine Bailey's GOODNIGHT SCHOOL, about a school and everything in it settling down for sleep, illustrated by Cori Doerrfeld, to Esther Cajahuaringa at Union Square Kids, at auction, in a two-book deal for the author, for publication in spring 2024, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author, and by Rachel Orr at Prospect Agency for the illustrator (world).
Book Announcement: Dinos Don’t Meditate
Catherine Bailey's DINOS DON'T MEDITATE, about a rowdy little T-Rex who must learn to balance peaceful pauses with prehistoric playtime in order to stay friends with his serene pal, illustrated by Alex Willmore, to Haven Iverson at Sounds True, for publication in spring 2023, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author, and by Christina Doffing at Astound US for the illustrator (world).
School Library Journal Review: Hustle Bustle Bugs
It’s a challenge to write an informational book in rhyme without the word choices seeming forced, but this one succeeds. With text that flows naturally; it begs to be read aloud. The rhyming phrases are accompanied by companion facts that appear as scraps of paper taped onto the pages. While there are many other insect books, this one employs a distinct concept. The work of each of the bugs being considered is compared to different jobs humans may have. Many of the connections are especially inventive and surprising. Bailey writes “rain or shine, sleet or snow, it’s one big bug world on the go!” In this way, she shows that they are like postal workers who do their work in all kinds of weather. She compares fireflies to park rangers, as both send out protective warnings. Excellent for vocabulary building, a lot of strong words, such as chomp, chew, croon, dance, trek and trap, stand out in contrasting colors. Eldridge has constructed scenes using real environmental materials like sticks, leaves, and dirt, employing a variety of craft materials to sculpt the bugs and the two inquisitive characters. Back matter includes additional fun facts. VERDICT A worthwhile purchase for collection seeking to expand their insect resources or informational books in rhyme.
Kirkus Review: Hustle Bustle Bugs
Rhyming couplets meet larger-than-life creatures … How could a bug lover not appreciate two dung beetles who seem to be conversing across their ball of poop? Beyond its three-dimensional flora and fauna, the art includes two wide-eyed, observant girls, both brown-skinned. ... Lively affirmation for budding entomologists.
Kirkus Review: Dinos Don’t Do Yoga
Described as "sun salutation meets dino indignation” and a “mashup treat,” DINOS DON'T DO YOGA wins a glowing review from Kirkus. "There’s a great deal of good yoga-based storytime read-aloud potential here, thanks in large part to the soft rhymes. The book gracefully weaves in … yoga moves … while keeping the tone amusing and informative rather than preachy. The art highlights this humor perfectly." Read full review HERE.
Book Announcement: Dinos Don’t Do Yoga
Haven Iverson at Sounds True has bought world rights to Catherine Bailey’s Dinos Don’t Do Yoga: A Tale of the New Dinosaur on the Block, a picture book about friendship, yoga, and trying new things, illustrated by Alex Willmore; publication is set for Fall 2020. Kathleen Rushall negotiated the deal for the author and Alexandra Davis at Rights People represented the illustrator.
Book Announcement: Hustle, Bustle, Bugs
Catherine Bailey's HUSTLE BUSTLE BUGS, about the contribution busy bugs make to their world, and ours, illustrated by CLAYMATES illustrator Lauren Eldridge, to Rotem Moscovich at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, with Heather Crowley editing, for publication in summer 2021, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author, and by Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency for the illustrator (world).
Moonbeam Book Awards
LUCY LOVES SHERMAN was honored with a medal in the 12th Annual Moonbeam Awards. The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading.
FAPA Book Awards
LUCY LOVES SHERMAN won three medals in the 2018 Florida Authors & Publishers Association (FAPA) Book Awards, including a gold medal in the Children’s Picture Book Award category.
IPPY Book Awards
Winner, winner, lobster dinner! LUCY LOVES SHERMAN took home a silver medal in this year’s Independent Book Publishers Awards.
Book Announcement: Lucy Loves Sherman’s Beach
LUCY LOVES SHERMAN author Catherine Bailey's LUCY LOVES SHERMAN'S BEACH, about a little girl with big ideas who discovers a pollution problem at her best friend's beach, but will her clever plans be enough to turn the tide, illustrated by Meg Walters, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World)."
Book Announcement: Harbor Bound
Catherine Bailey's HARBOR BOUND, in which an array of voyaging vessels head for home and sail through a squall, just in time to tuck into port, in a two-book deal, the first book to be illustrated by Ellen Shi, for publication in 2018, to Rotem Moscovich at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, by Kathleen Rushall at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency for the author and Anne Moore Armstrong at The Bright Group for the illustrator (World).
Book Launch Party
Catherine hosted a release party for her latest picture book, LUCY LOVES SHERMAN – a book about a girl and her lobster. Fans swam on over and joined her for a morning of reading, crafts, signing, and free giveaways.
Best Book Awards
Hypnosis Harry and Mind Your Monsters were both honored as Finalists in the prestigious Best Book Awards program.
Beverly Hills Book Awards
Hypnosis Harry won the Picture Book – All Ages category.
Book Launch Party
Fans of chaos joined with Catherine to commemorate the release of her second picture book, HYPNOSIS HARRY. Readers of all ages enjoyed hypnotic crafts, an interactive reading, and one-on-one signings. The nearly 100 guests in attendance had a wild and wacky time getting to know the author and her motley crew of characters. Signed books are still available at the venue, Barnes and Noble 3001 NW Federal Hwy, Jensen Beach, FL 34957.
Tampa Bay Magazine
In a full page article, Tampa Bay Magazine featured Catherine Bailey and her picture books in an article titled, "Writing for Children of All Ages." For more information, please visit: http://crookedbook.blogspot.com/2016/03/tampa-bay-magazine.html
Catherine was included alongside other Treasure Coast authors in STUART Magazine's Power of Ten list. Learn more at: http://crookedbook.blogspot.com/2016/02/stuart-magazine.html
Book Launch Party
Celebrating the release of her debut picture book, MIND YOUR MONSTERS, Catherine Bailey hosted a lively story time, signing and craft event at the Jensen Beach Barnes and Noble, on August 8, 2015. With nearly 80 people – big and small – in attendance, the event was a huge hit and monster fun for all! Signed copies are still available at the store, located at 3001 NW Federal Highway, Treasure Coast Commons, Jensen Beach, FL 34957.
Book Announcement: Lucy Loves Sherman
Catherine Bailey’s LUCY LOVES SHERMAN, about a girl whose dream of owning a pet lobster turns into a serious mission when she realizes she must save him from the bib and butter, complete with crustacean back matter, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).
Book Announcement: Hypnosis Harry
Catherine Bailey’s HYPNOSIS HARRY, about a boy whose parents say no to everything, but when he gains the power to hypnotize them he begins to question if he really wants his every wish granted (and what he's going to do with those pesky pet monkeys), to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).
Book Announcement: Mind Your Monsters
Catherine Bailey’s MIND YOUR MONSTERS, in which a boy's quiet life is politely interrupted when monsters come to town, to Zaneta Jung at Sterling Children's, in a nice deal, by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).