I am so pleased introduce my first historical fiction picture book, WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP! (Sleeping Bear Press).  Set during and just after WWII, the story takes place in England and on the great ship, The Queen Mary and features stunning watercolor paintings by award-winning illustrator Doris Ettlinger.  It offers a look at a unique historical event — the Brides and Babies voyages of 1946, when from many parts of the world, the WWII War Brides of American and Canadian servicemen traveled with their children to a new life and their waiting husbands across the sea.

Young Thomas celebrates as his widowed mother marries Jack, a kind American serviceman stationed in WWII England.  But Thomas realizes someday he and Mum will move faraway to Jack’s home in America.

Once the war ends, Thomas is about to embark on a history-making event – the “Brides and Babies” voyages of 1946.  Great ships are readied to transport tens of thousands of “soldier brides,” ladies from across Europe who, like his mother, married American servicemen. They will cross the Atlantic, crowded in small cabins with their babies and children, to awaiting husbands in the United States.

Thomas is excited to sail aboard the famous RMS Queen Mary.  But is he brave enough to leave England – forever?
In this hope-filled WWII and immigration story, Stier and Ettlinger present an extraordinary historical event as experienced by one spirited boy from England.

Heartfelt watercolor illustrations bring to life the anxiety and tentative joys of this unique historical situation.”  Booklist

Upcoming Appearance at Texas A&M – San Antonio

I am honored to be an invited guest to this upcoming event at Texas A&M San Antonio with other San Antonio children’s authors:


Introducing BARNABY THE BEDBUG DETECTIVE by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by Karen Sapp

This just-released picture book features a new kind of hero:
Maybe I’m not the hero type. But I can dream. Sometimes I dream I’m a rescue dog, saving a child lost in the woods. Or a guide dog, helping a person who cannot see. Or a police dog, tracking sneaky robbers. But when I wake up, I must face the truth. It’s mostly big dogs who do those jobs. And I’m just Barnaby, a small mutt living in an animal shelter
Barnaby has big dreams, but he finds his true calling when he’s adopted into a loving home and becomes a bedbug-sniffing dog—helping to find hidden bedbugs in hotels, on airplanes, in movie theaters, and even in people’s homes!
Turn to the last page of the book to meet an adorable, REAL-LIFE bedbug detective, Bernie!
“…engaging characters and a positive atmosphere…just the thing for a family that needs something on bedbugs.'” Kirkus Reviews
“Stier visits a timely subject in this informational picture book. . . .there is plenty of useful information here…friendly illustrations dispel some of the misconceptions about bedbugs.” School Library Journal
(For more reviews, please visit Albert Whitman & Company Publishers’ website at www.albertwhitman.com)

Election Day Activities at the San Antonio Children’s Museum

I had the chance to share my newest book TODAY ON ELECTION DAY with lots of young, future voters at the San Antonio Children’s Museum today.  Not only did we read the book together, but some kids wrote and illustrated their ideas about what they would do as President of the United States.  Other kids designed artistic, colorful “Future Voter” campaign-type buttons.  Check out the photo of these great buttons, designed by museum visitors Olivia and Kaitlyn.  A big thanks to all who joined in today’s pre-Election Day celebration!

Don’t Miss this Article on Election-Themed Activities with Kids!

 Recently, I was interviewed by San Antonio Express-News writer Richard A. Marini.  I am proud to share the resulting article, which appeared on the front page of the S.A. Life section on October  23, 2012.   The article, titled “Elect to involve children in the process” is currently posted at http://www.mysanantonio.com/life/article/Elect-to-involve-children-in-political-process-3972146.php

Exciting Events for this Election Year!


The Evolution of a Picture Book: One Author’s Perspective      
Saturday, October 13, 2012, 2 p.m., Combined SCBWI-Southwest Texas / Barnes and Noble Educators’ Day event,  Barnes and Noble San Pedro, 321 NW Loop 410
How does a simple idea grow into a real picture book?  Based on her own experiences, award-winning children’s author Catherine Stier first outlines an author’s writing process from initial idea to the completed picture book manuscript.  Next, she discusses how the creative team of author, editor and illustrator each contribute to the exciting process of transforming that manuscript into a picture book. Educators may find parallels in the author’s process — which includes brainstorming, self-editing, multiple revisions and obtaining peer feedback — and classroom writing practices.  Stier brings along her mock-ups, early illustrator sketches, “f&g”s and even a Braille version of her picture book.  This program is geared for educators, aspiring children’s authors, as well as anyone with a special interest in writing.  A book signing will follow!
Election Day Storytelling and Craft with Author Catherine Stier
Saturday, October 20, 2012, 1 p.m., Barnes and Noble San Pedro, 321 NW Loop 410 
Celebrate this exciting Presidential Election Year!  Join award-winning author Catherine Stier as she reads her new book, Today on Election Day.  Then create your own colorful “Future Voter” campaign button and join in a store-wide patriotic parade! 
Today on Election Day Story Book Reading at the San Antonio Children’s Museum   Saturday, November 3, 2012, 12:30 p.m., Children’s Event, San Antonio Children’s Museum, 305 E. Houston St.
Join the fun as author Catherine Stier reads her new book, Today on Election Day.  Then Kids can roll up their sleeves to take part in crafts and activities that celebrate next week’s all-important Election Day! Stier’s books will be available that day at the gift shop.

Dallas Kids Read!

A Great Day at the Dallas Kids Read! Event 2012

What an honor to be included with several notable children’s authors in the Dallas Kids Read! Event on Monday, July 9.  This annual, day-long festival celebrates literature and imagination as authors interact with the students at several Dallas schools.  
The staff and students at the Stevens Park School welcomed me, and together we had fun play-acting as audience volunteers took on the roles of presidential candidates, campaign managers – and even the President!  I appreciated all the warmth and hospitality extended to me that day, and was excited to meet such an enthusiastic group of our country’s young writers and future leaders.

Release of Today on Election Day

Announcing the Release of Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by David Leonard

In a celebration of Election Day and the election process, this just-released title features a classroom of “Future Voters” as they illuminate all that goes on from early morning to the late night hours on this all-important day. Kirkus Reviews calls it “A proudly buoyant tour of Election Day in the U.S.A.” while Booklist notes “Readers will learn what makes a candidate…how they campaign, and how voters can get information about them.”  (For more of this review and a summary of the book, visit the Albert Whitman website at www.albertwhitman.com).

Today on Election Day is available now at your favorite independent, neighborhood or online bookseller.

It’s Almost Here — TODAY ON ELECTION DAY By Catherine Stier, Illustrated by David Leonard


Here’s a peek at the cover of the soon-to-be released title that celebrates Election Day.
In this lively picture book, a classroom of “Future Voters” illuminates all that goes on in their town — and across the country — on Election Day!
Kirkus Reviews calls it “A proudly buoyant tour of Election Day in the U.S.A.” (For more of this review and a summary of the book, visit the Albert Whitman & Co. Publishers website at www.albertwhitman.com).
Available June 1, 2012!

Coming Soon – Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier, Illustrated by David Leonard

Announcing the Fall 2012 release from Albert Whitman Publishers this presidential Election Year: Today on Election Day by Catherine Stier, illustrated by David Leonard. Check back for more details soon!