Acorns for all! WHEN A TREE GROWS has sprouted

On April 2nd, my debut picture book WHEN A TREE GROWS officially published! I am so grateful to talented illustrator Kasia Nowowiejska for bringing my forest friends to the page as such sweet, goofy and lovable creatures. I also want to thank my incredible team at Sterling Children’s Books including editors Suzy Capozzi, Meredith Mundy, Eliza Berkowitz and Christina Pulles, art director Ryan Thomann, and my agents Liza Fleissig and Ginger Harris-Dontzin at Liza Royce Agency. Along the way I’ve truly appreciated the cheers of my critique partners and my debut picture book publishing pals, the Epic 18’s and Notable 19’s. Thank you everyone!

Lucky me, I was able to sneak into my local Barnes&Noble and get a copy just a few days in advance. What a thrill! The lovely children’s bookseller snapped some photos of me and my book ‘in the wild’ and we chatted about our mutual love of all things moose.

I’ve also been guest blogging about WHEN A TREE GROWS and my author journey, giving away signed copies and offering tidbits of picture book publishing advice. Check out the links below if you have missed any posts or want more information! I’ll be adding additional posts along the way. More fun is coming!


WHEN A TREE GROWS Blog posts and interviews

KidLit 411 Author Spotlight – Cathy Ballou Mealey

Maria Marshall The Picture Book Buzz – Interview with Cathy Ballou Mealey

Susanna Hill Tuesday Debut Series Presenting Cathy Ballou Mealey

Critter Lit with Lindsay Ward – Interview with debut author Cathy Ballou Mealey

About Cathy Ballou Mealey

Picture book fanatic and autism advocate, author, scone lover. SLOTH AND SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE (2021) @KidsCanPress. WHEN A TREE GROWS (2019) @SterlingKids, Repped by Liza Fleissig @lizaroyceagency. Find me at Twitter/Instagram @catballoumealey
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20 Responses to Acorns for all! WHEN A TREE GROWS has sprouted

  1. rnewman504 says:

    Congratulations, Cathy!

  2. Congrats to you. I can’t wait to read it.

  3. I was out sick last week, so I am looking forward to being back in the store to read your new book!!!

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Oh dear – hope Moose and Squirrel are just the madcap medicine you need to feel better! So great to know the book is in stock in CO! ❤

  4. I’m so excited for you, Cathy! I just checked with Book Depository, and it’s already available, so in the cart it went! YAYYYYYYYY!!!!!! ❤ ❤

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Wow – that is exciting Renee. THANK YOU! Moose and Squirrel feel all fancy that they are headed to Italia. Nocciola for all! ❤

  5. cmagerl says:

    Congratulations, Cathy!!

  6. Sue Wang says:

    Wonderful and enjoy the fruits of your hard work!! Looking forward to checking it out!

  7. Will you be at the conference in Spfld? If so, I’ll get my copy signed then! (So excited!!) btw, my husband saw 2 moose last week. I’m jealous.

  8. Author, Author – Congratulations and well done! I hope to see you soon so you can sign my copy of your book!


  9. Lauri Meyers says:

    Such joyous congratulations Cathy!!!

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