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 players.performers.portrayers@gmail.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…

Hurray For These Local Booksellers

I’ve been asked where IF I WERE A PARK RANGER is available locally – so put together a little note of appreciation to those SA bookstores kind enough to support this local author (and some have signed copies)…

Please join me at these upcoming IF I WERE A PARK RANGER launch events

See You at TLA in Austin!

Introducing IF I WERE A PARK RANGER

Coming Soon from Albert Whitman & Co. (but available for pre-order NOW!).  IF I WERE A PARK RANGER!

Know someone who is a fan of our beautiful national parks?  Or an aspiring or working park ranger?  Or any kid who loves nature?  So excited to share news of my new book…

If you were a national park ranger, you’d spend every day in one of the most treasured places in America. You’d have an amazing job protecting animals, the environment, and our country’s natural and historical heritage, from the wilds of Denali to the Statue of Liberty!

Kirkus lauds the book as “A great way to introduce children to a not-often depicted career path and maybe to spark some interest in our country’s national treasures as well.”

Release date April 2019 but available for pre-order at your favorite bookseller.

Child Actors from THIS IS US Perform Lively Read-aloud of IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT

As today is Election Day, this seems a good day to share this news.  It’s not often that a children’s author gets to see her book read by not one – but three – super talented television actors.  The young stars of the very popular and poignant THIS IS US read IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT in this online video, as part of the Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists’ Storyline Online program.  The Storyline Online literacy program offers families, educators, health care professionals and kids an online library of children’s picture books presented by guest readers and accompanied with animation-enhanced illustrations.

The video featuring IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT was released earlier this year, in observation of Constitution/Citizenship Day.  Even though I knew about the upcoming video, it was still such a pleasant surprise to watch these three amazing, expressive young actors sharing the book.  They performed in front of a very cool set with posters and decorations featuring characters from the book and these young people brought so much fun and warmth to the reading.

Oh, and Storyline Online offers an activity guide to accompany the book, too!

The American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten spoke in a separate video, discussing a bit about this book as well as the importance of helping kids to learn about our government and guiding them to be “informed and involved at an early age.”

I am proud that this book may help kids to do just that.

Watch the videos at  https://www.storylineonline.net/books/if-i-ran-for-president/

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Sleeping Bear Press at a Truly Great School

Last week I joined in the Sleeping Bear Press 20thanniversary celebration by taking part in a mini-visit to St. Gregory the Great Catholic School in San Antonio.

The students and staff were incredibly kind and welcoming!  After the nicest of introductions by Ms. Rosales, I shared a photo of a book I wrote in first grade and read my historical fiction picture book WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP! (published by Sleeping Bear Press). Then students had some very interesting questions – “Do you get help writing your books?” “Do you tell the illustrator how you want the pictures to be?” I could tell that they put a lot of thought into these questions!

To mark their 20th anniversary, Sleeping Bear Press donated 20 new books to the school.

Oh, and the school gave me some fun Fiesta items, including this bright and festive Fiesta medal!

Thank you to the students and staff at St. Gregory the Great and to Sleeping Bear Press for a truly amazing day!

The Charm Bracelet Bio

(or the Writing Resume I Wear on My Wrist)

charm-bracelet-photo

As a child, I had a charm bracelet with charms that marked the places I visited and the important events in my life.  As a grownup, I started a new charm bracelet – with each charm representing a part of my writing life.  I call it “my writing resume on my wrist.”  Instead of a traditional bio, I offer this…

The Queen Mary Ship

This charm represents my first historical picture book, WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP! which takes place on the ship the Queen Mary.  I conducted a book signing and was a guest at the WWII War Brides Reunion on this amazing ship, permanently docked now in Long Beach, CA.

Candy Cane

Wrote two Holiday feature articles in Woman’s Day Magazine.  As a freelance magazine writer, I published 25+ how-to, craft & feature articles in Woman’s Day Magazine.

Newspaper

Served as a newspaper columnist for 8 years for The Schaumburg Review newspaper.  Also published articles in The Chicago Sun-Times, the San Antonio Express-News and other newspapers.

Teapot

Published my first poem titled “When Jean Forgot to Say When,” a wild tea party tale-in-verse, in Highlights magazine.

Bug

Published three bug books, BUGS IN MY HAIR?!, BARNABY THE BEDBUG DETECTIVE, and WHAT’S BUGGING NURSE PENNY.

The White House

Published three presidential/election books, IF I WERE PRESIDENT,  IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT and TODAY ON ELECTION DAY.  The White House Historical Association featured IF I WERE PRESIDENT in their gift shop.

Heart

For two short story romances in Woman’s World magazine.

Hawaiian Quilt

Wrote a Hawaiian crafts feature and other articles for Children’s Playmate and Child Life magazines.

Book

For my first novel, THE TERRIBLE SECRETS OF THE TELL-ALL CLUB.

Ship’s Wheel

For a sea shanties article in Highlights magazine. I published 25+ stories, articles and crafts in Highlights magazine (by the way, sea shanties are songs sailors sang as they worked).

Mount Rushmore

For a book signing at Mount Rushmore.  The sculpture also appears in the books IF I WERE PRESIDENT and IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT.

Statue of Liberty

Wrote a family travel cover article for Woman’s Day magazine.  That issue featured a photo of my kids in front of Lady Liberty.

Roadrunner

Mascot of the University of Texas at San Antonio, where I conducted research on children’s literature and authored/co-authored 3 academic articles on children’s picture books during the completion of a Master’s Degree in Reading & Literacy.