A Magical Day at Mount Rainier’s Author Event
Sometimes and author event is…magical.
On April 16, 2022, I traveled with my family, including our two grown children, to Mount Rainier National Park for a book signing of IF I WERE A PARK RANGER.
The occasion – Junior Ranger Day, part of National Park Week. The book, of course, fit perfectly with this theme.
We arrived early and dined in the just-open-again-after-Covid restaurant at the National Park Inn. Then I headed to Longmire General Store for the signing.
The staff provided a lovely table, right at the front door. The Longmire General Store showcased a kind of national park rustic style, with wooden beams, walls and floor and a stone fireplace. And through the windows I could see the snow fall. Lots and lots of beautiful snow.
Thank you to the staff of Longmire General Store and the National Park Inn, and to the people who stopped in to have a book signed. I love talking to guests about what brought them to that park and all the other national parks they have visited.
Then, following the event we explored the truly amazing park.
I hope you have the opportunity to visit this lovely place. And if you’re lucky, it might snow for you, too.
Happy 50th Birthday to San Antonio’s The Twig Bookshop
Such an honor to be invited as a guest author at San Antonio’s The Twig Book Shop’s 50th Birthday & Indie Book Shop Celebration on April 30th. I was part of the “Authors In the Park” event, and had a lovely spot outside to visit with guests. Met people who collected snow globes (or their kids did), National Park fans and others who scooped up the A DOG’S DAY books. Also met WONDERFUL fellow authors and illustrators that day. Congrats to The Twig on this magnificent milestone and much appreciation for this opportunity to be part of the fun!
Catherine Stier featured author at San Antonio’s The Twig Bookshop 5Oth Birthday Celebration
Happy B-Day to The Twig Book Shop!!! One day more – this happens tomorrow. So excited to be part of this event with other authors – Amy Kim Kibuishi, Kazu Kibuishi, Dr. Carmen Tafolla, Naomi Shihab Nye to name a few. I’ll have kids activities and more. Find out the details at: thetwig.com/authors-park-i
ALA/Booklist Host Panel Introducing AW Authors’ New Series
Had the amazing opportunity to discuss my new STEM book series SCIENCE MAKES IT WORK (release date: March 2022) at the ALA/Booklist “All-Star Authors” STEM & Financial Literacy Picture Book Series Panel, alongside amazing fellow Albert Whitman authors Shiela Bair and Sue Fliess. Loved hearing about their writing process and background and sharing my stories, too. Introduced both Book 1 THE SECRETS OF THE SNOW GLOBE and Book 2 THE WONDER OF COLOR, hinted at future upcoming titles and showed off a couple snow globes from my own collection. Did you know that a simple, lovely snow globe holds the secrets to several fascinating scientific principles? View the webinar now at https://www.booklistonline.com/webinars-archive
On Writing About Difficult Topics in Picture Books: Check Out This Cynsations Article
What are the “three Hs and an A” of exploring difficult subject matter in picturebooks?
In 2020, I had the honor of appearing on a panel at the SCBWI-Austin online monthly meeting with authors Cindy Baldwin and Bethany Hegedus as we discussed the challenges of “Writing About Difficult Topics for Young Readers.”
Recently, I presented some of the information (and more) that I shared that day in the article CASTING LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS: WRITING FOR YOUNG READERS ON DIFFICULT TOPICS, now appearing on the Cynsations website.
Drawing from my experiences as the author of WHEN A KID LIKE ME FIGHTS CANCER and other picture books, I offer gentle guidelines to keep in mind for writers who strive to tackle a topic for kids with honesty and sensitivity.
You can check out the article here: https://cynthialeitichsmith.com/2020/11/guest-post-catherine-stier-on-casting-light-in-the-darkness-writing-for-young-readers-on-difficult-topics/
Thank you to Cynsations for this opportunity!
STORY MONSTERS INK INTERVIEW
I’m in a magazine this month! Thrilled that Julianne Black DiBlasi interviewed me about my book A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING for the December issue of STORY MONSTERS INK. https://www.facebook.com/StoryMonsters/
A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING makes Horn Book’s List: “Make Your Voice Heard”
Ahem (modestly clearing throat).
The Horn Book’s “Book Bundles: Make Your Voice Heard” includes A VOTE IS A POWERFUL THING among only three “new books to inspire kids to get involved & make a difference.”
Check it out here:
Announcing a Free Theatrical Production of IF I WERE PRESIDENT based on the book by Catherine Stier
So excited to share:
PLAYERS, PERFORMERS, & PORTRAYERS PRESENTS READING OF IF I WERE PRESIDENT by CATHERINE STIER Based off of the children’s book of the same name, the politically-themed children’s play IF I WERE PRESIDENT will be presented just in time for the election! YOUTUBE (NOVEMBER 2nd, 2020).
What would it be like to be President of the United States? Imagine living in the White House, a mansion where you wouldn’t have to leave home to go bowling or see a movie! Imagine a chef to cook anything you like. “Two desserts tonight, Madam President. No problem!” As eleven-year-old Abby leads a group of neighbor kids on Election Night in a magical exploration of what it would be like to be President of the United States – from living in a stately mansion with a bowling alley to helping a town devastated by disaster – new friendships are forged and each child’s own surprising leadership skills emerge during their often funny, sometimes moving adventure at the White House and beyond.
Based on the award-winning children’s book, If I Were President (Albert Whitman & Co.), this play offers a high-energy exploration of the perks and responsibilities of the highest office of the land as experienced by five children who are magically transported to the White House on the night of the presidential election. As the children take turns being president that night, they discover their own strengths and the truth about what it means to be a leader.
“Mixing in a bit of magic and loads of imagination, If I Were President offers a kid’s-eye, sometimes funny and sometimes poignant view of what it could be like to be president,” says author Catherine Stier. “It all takes place on Election Night, when five kids are magically transported to the White House, so now is the perfect time to present this new and, I hope, playful and uplifting production.”
Catherine Stier was one of six playwrights selected to participate in the Magik Theatre New Playwrights Program at the Magik Theatre in San Antonio, TX. It was in this program that she developed the script If I Were President. This production will be directed by Emily Hawkins. The cast of the reading will include Julia Stier, Celia Rivera, Mikey Takla, Jennings Humphries, Kristen Clarke, Grace Sallee, and Jacob Litvack. The show will be presented FREE to interested elementary schools.
To register, please email email@example.com for show link.
Have little ones at home? Register for your FREE show link by visiting https://www.playersperformersandportrayers.com/productions
Introducing WHEN A KID LIKE ME FIGHTS CANCER
Introducing my new picture book, WHEN A KID LIKE ME FIGHTS CANCER, just released by Albert Whitman in association with the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
The title offers a realistic but gentle exploration of the changes that come and support that can be found following a diagnosis of childhood cancer as experienced by a young child.
When a young boy finds out he has cancer, he learns a lot right away. He learns that cancer is something you fight, and that cancer isn’t anyone’s fault – especially not his. He discovers that many things change with cancer, but some of the most important things stay the same. He also learns that having cancer is easier when everyone around him wants to help him fight.
Kirkus lauds it as “Targeted and right on target.”
The research medical journal The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health notes “Stier writes in a way that engages all and her style of language and simple sentences can help children understand a complex and heavy topic.”
(see full review here:https://twitter.com/LancetChildAdol/status/1172149133525835777)
When I received my own cancer diagnosis, I turned to books to help make sense of it all (and there are plenty for grown-ups). It’s my hope that now some kids in this situation, and the people who know and love them, will find information and encouragement in this book.
Announcing Upcoming Author Appearances
Please join me for these upcoming events…