About Cathy

Cathy Ballou Mealey has seen a wild moose but never met a wild sloth. She has planted acorns and pickled cucumbers, but spends most of her time writing picture books. Her work is represented by Liza Fleissig of the Liza Royce Agency.

Cathy’s debut picture book, WHEN A TREE GROWS, illustrated by Kasia Nowowiejska, launched on April 2, 2019 from Sterling Children’s Books.





Arriving in May 2021, SLOTH AND SQUIRREL IN A PICKLE, illustrated by Kelly Colllier will be published by Kids Can Press.

Click on the “Home” link to read the latest blog entries.

Cathy has also published children’s book reviews at Good Reads with Ronna and North Shore Children & Families.

Her short story UNDER THE DOCK is forthcoming in July, 2021 from Highlights for Children.

You can follow Cathy on Twitter or Instagram @catballoumealey, or reach her via email at cmealey@post.harvard.edu

10 Responses to About Cathy

  1. Sherri says:

    Hi Cathy, I found you through Christine who reblogged your ‘Koala’ post on her site this morning, which I enjoyed reading very much! I was also interested to read in your bio that you are, among other things, an autism advocate. My daughter, now 21, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when she was 18 and so I am naturally interested in this subject!
    I have had a read of your poems while here and I love them, although it is a long time since I read children’s poetry or books but when they were young I read to them all the time. I miss that time very much.
    You have a lovely blog 🙂

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      I am so pleased that you stopped by to read and comment Sherri! Your daughter’s story must be a very interesting one. My child was diagnosed at age 2 and is now 12, so we are already one decade into understanding and assisting him.

      • Sherri says:

        That’s great that you have all that experience with your son’s needs. It’s been a very long journey for us. After 2 years of me knocking on every door my daughter is at last seeing an Asperger Psycologist regularly and it has made a tremendous difference. She hasn’t worked or done anything for 2 years due to her severe social anxiety and nothing was helping. I am now very cautiously confident that things can start to improve for her.
        I will visit your blog again very soon 🙂

  2. I am totally freaked out now that I might have misspelled “Seuss” somewhere.

    • Cathy Ballou Mealey says:

      Don’t worry – it is so often spelled phonetically (Anglicized) that you would be in the majority!
      To make things harder, he pronounced it “Soice” but adopted “Soose” as a pronunciation because it rhymed with (Mother) Goose.

      And it is not as if “Geisel” is much easier to spell..!

  3. Hi Cathy. I saw your comment on my blog. I wanted to say thanks for visiting and for your comment. To answer your question, I did create those two felted characters after characters from my books. Checking out your site next. Best, Liza

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