Author Archives: Catherine

Thanks to Kentucky’s School Librarians

“I’ve got her!” the firefighter said into his radio, speaking of the unaccounted for third grade girl.

The little girl had gone back into Cassidy Elementary following an evacuation due to a bomb threat, for—of all things—her library book. That third grade girl was me. (Yes, I know. I’m sorry. Very, very sorry.)

But my passion for books and libraries and librarians began early, thanks to the librarians of Kentucky. It is thanks to them, once again, that that very same little girl got to bring The Kentucky Bluegrass Award home to The Bluegrass State this week, for her novel, The Thing About Leftovers, in the 6-8 grade category. Here are all the winners:

Over 56,000 students across the state of Kentucky read multiple books—they can’t vote if they only read one—and voted in the KBAs this year, which is a testament to our school librarians. Without those librarians, even the best books just sit on shelves collecting dust. But with them, our students get excited about reading! And they did!

But I have so much more to thank Kentucky’s librarians for: Thanks to them, I have never once been alone in life. No, I’ve always had friends—a whole cast of interesting characters—in my purse.

Thanks to them, I’ve almost always had a place to hide: the library.

And I shared my secret hiding place with my daughter, Laurel Grace, who also often hid in the library throughout elementary school, middle school, and high school. She even earned the title of “Library Assistant.” Laurel’s first friend at Kentucky Christian University was Naulayne Enders, the librarian—of course!

And this year, as I’ve traveled throughout the state, my love for our school librarians has only grown. They do so much more than read aloud and book-talk, and help students with resources. I’ve watched them feed kids, intellectually, emotionally, and physically. I’ve seen them stand up and right wrongs. I’ve seen them sit down and just listen when they don’t have time to sit and listen. In the simplest terms, I’ve watched them love our students without saying “I love you.” But they do. Oh, they do. So, although I know it isn’t enough, I gratefully share this KBA with each and every librarian in the state of Kentucky. And with my whole heart I say, thank you.

More Than a Son

There was a lone chair waiting on the beach. He asked our daughter to sit in it. Then he pulled the bar of soap from his back pocket, got down on his knees, and lovingly washed her feet, like Jesus. He told her he wanted to spend the rest of his life serving her, like… Continue Reading

Mimi & Poppy

He never stopped referring to her as his “bride.” They met when they were seven-years-old, as the top two students in their class. They were fast friends, best friends, who could be seen walking to and from school together from grade school until they graduated high school. (He always asked to see her report cards.… Continue Reading

A Leftovers Contest/ Party! Can you come? Please?

The Lexington Public Library’s beautiful new Eastside branch (located at 3000 Blake James Drive) is hosting a party in honor of my new novel, The Thing About Leftovers, on Thursday, October 20, from 6-8PM! The winners of a leftovers-themed recipe contest will be announced! (Recipes with photos must be submitted BEFORE Oct. 12! More details… Continue Reading

A Behind-the-Book Look

The Thing About Leftovers, a novel about navigating divorce and blended families, following your passion, and celebrating who you are, will be released by Penguin Young Readers on July 19th! In preparation for that, I’ve been doing interviews, during which I’ve been asked some great questions! So I thought I’d share a few of those… Continue Reading

An Open Letter to Kentucky Christian University

As our daughter’s freshman year of college comes to a close, I’d like to thank everyone at Kentucky Christian University. We knew—after visiting KCU several times—that it was a special place and we had high expectations, but over the past year, KCU has exceeded every expectation! Laurel Grace arrived on KCU’s campus last August feeling… Continue Reading

Come On Over

At this point, I think it’s safe to say that I didn’t get what I deserved as a parent—sorry, Mom and Dad! But I HAVE learned a lot from my daughter, Laurel Grace, who graduated from high school (with highest honors) in May, and then immediately set out on a mission trip to Cambodia, to work… Continue Reading

The Man Who Sings for Me

My husband, Mark, doesn’t sing in church. Sometimes he hums. Sometimes he mumbles a few words in between humming, but that’s about it. Therefore, when we arrive, I always silently ask God to let me do the singing for both of us. But recently I got so choked up at church that I couldn’t sing… Continue Reading

The Gift of a Good Story

Looking for a special gift to give to a young reader? My latest novel, LULA BELL ON GEEKDOM, FREAKDOM & THE CHALLENGES OF BAD HAIR promises laughter, tears, laughter THROUGH tears, and ultimately a heart full-to-bursting with joy! Plus, if you buy a copy of LULA BELL…(or SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT), I’ll happily send you a… Continue Reading