Thursday, September 14, 2017

Ice, Ice, Baby

Ah yes. Vanilla Ice - a fountain of literary inspiration. At least he was for me when I wrote about authors collaborating with illustrators on book promotion. If you have a picture book coming out, or already on the shelves, please take a peek for some tips and tricks from my guest post:
#lucylovessherman #picturebooks #kidlit

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Back to School

My kids aren't the only ones heading back to school ...
 it's Author Visit Season! 
And I have the shiny new calling cards to prove it. 

Friday, August 4, 2017


I've had the best summer ever, thanks to a bunch of fabulous family trips. Exhibit A: That's me doing tree among the trees in Colorado. I'm happy to be home but it sure was hard to leaf (heh heh heh...) 

Full Disclosure - I fell off my platform right after this was taken. I am eager, if not athletic. 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Time Story Hour

Calling all Vero friends (and, you know, anyone else with kids who lives nearby)...
I am signing books and cooking up lobster crafts for
Lucy Loves Sherman this Friday at the fabulous
Vero Beach Book Center's
10:30 am story hour.
So take a break from the heat and swim on over - blub, blub!

392 21st St, Vero Beach, FL 32960


Thursday, June 15, 2017

National Lobster Day!

Yes it's a real thing! And, as a proud lobster lover, I suggest you celebrate this special day.

Here are a few suggestions:
(1) Free a giant old lobster, like these people did! 
(2) Buy LUCY LOVES SHERMAN and read it to some briny, spiny buddies down at your local fish market. Or children. Read it to children.
(3) Look at pictures of dogs dressed up as lobsters on the internet, like this one:

But whatever you do, do not EAT any lobsters - well, at least not any named Sherman.


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I Love Lucy!

And I also love my agent, and my editor, and my illustrator and my critique partners and diet coke and macaroni and cheese and mexican food and everything and everybody and why am I so loved up right now? Because I get to kick off the Summer with EVEN MORE more great news. I sold the sequel LUCY LOVES SHERMAN! As reported in Publisher's Marketplace: "LUCY LOVES SHERMAN author Catherine Bailey's LUCY LOVES SHERMAN'S BEACH, about a little girl with big ideas who discovers a pollution problem at her best friend's beach, but will her clever plans be enough to turn the tide, illustrated by Meg Walters, to Nicole Frail at Sky Pony Press, by Kathleen Rushall at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World)."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Story Walk

The Lucy Loves Sherman StoryWalk® has Arrived in Liberty Park, 
so obviously I have a new favorite park. 
Thank you so much Meg Walters - this is fabulous :)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bear Hugs and Boats

I mean literally. This is what I am going to put in my body as a meal (well, not the WHOLE bottle...) while my children dine on butter pasta. Thank you so much to my amazing agent Kathleen, the wonderful folks at Disney-Hyperion, and my crit partners. I want to bear hug you all! Actually I want to bear hug strangers at this point.

(Sidebar: Okay so I googled bear hug and found this and I had to share it because it is what my heart feels like. Plus I can just picture me and my Toblerone bar all nestled up in there.)


Saturday, April 29, 2017

April Is For Authors

This year I was lucky enough to be invited to join April Is For Authors. This group not only puts on a fun, exciting event for readers and authors - but they also connect schools with visiting authors (and ya'll know that's my jam!) And best of all I met some amazing fellow kidlitters like Jen Swanson and Stacy McAnulty. I'm 96% sure I left a pair of flip flops in the hotel and it's still my favorite conference ever.

For more information about this awesome event and its organizers, please visit:

Thursday, April 27, 2017

West Gate Elementary

Do you want to do a school visit and meet with smart kids and wonderful teachers? Get ye to West Gate Elementary! I did, and I cannot wait to go back.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Thank you so, so much to everyone who was able to swim on over to Lucy and Sherman's launch party!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What's in the box?

Is it a stuffed lobster toy? Maybe.

Is it a three foot tall, giant stuffed lobster toy in bright red with antennae and claws and a squishy tail and loving eyes? Perhaps. 

Do I have any self restraint? Apparently not. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Big Surprise

Went to load the car for a school visit. 
Found this. 


Monday, March 27, 2017

Winner Winner, Lobster Dinner!

Just picked up another goody for my launch party raffle basket - heh heh heh...

Lucy Loves Sherman

Book Launch Party
Barnes & Noble
Jensen Beach
Sat April 1
11:30 am
Reading * Crafts * Prizes

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sea Salt Cookies - Nom, Nom

This is one of my favorite recipes - Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies. You can find the "how to" here - as well as a behind the scenes peek at my office space - in this delightful and delicious interview :)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Gettin' Crafty

A big wet, splashy thank you to my illustrator, Meg Walters, for thinking up this adorable lobster headband craft. Can you just imagine a classroom full of these? I mean C'MON! Adorable. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Vivian Kirkfield Review

LUCY LOVES SHERMAN was recently reviewed by the talented Miss Vivian Kirkfield, and I am so excited that she liked it! when I read her article, I was all, like,...

She made wonderful comments like "love books that make me laugh and cry…and this one does both. So funny and so sweet!" - and she includes tips for making an ADORABLE lobster craft project. Thank you Vivian!

For the full article, please visit:

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

From the desk of Sherman Peterson

And we have a winner! Congratulations to Jennifer Dierolf Trent (aka slpreppy) who posted a comment over on my Instagram page! Thank you. I can't wait to get these in the mail to you (with a note from Sherman of course...)

Kathy Temean Interview

The wonderful Miss Kathy Teman inetrviewed Meg Walters and I about LUCY LOVES SHERMAN. We share our book journey, lots of images from the book, as well as a giveaway!

For the full interview please visit:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Winner, Winner, Lobster Dinner!

It's my book birthday for Lucy Loves Sherman and so - obviously - there needs to be presents! (And cake. And ice cream. I'm getting off track...)
ENTER TO WIN this adorable lobster dress and John-John set by commenting here or on my Instagram page! Contest ends at midnight. Winner will be announced tomorrow.
Thanks to the folks at Seahorse Charleston I have a few size options for whoever catches these little guys.
And don't get your antennae in a twist if you don't win today. I'll be raffling these same outfits again - and more! - at my book launch at the Jensen Beach Barnes & Noble on 4/1 at 11:30! #lucylovessherman #lobsterlove#johnjohnstyle #coastalkids

Monday, March 20, 2017

Counting the days...

ONE DAY!! Until the official release of #LucyLovesSherman @CrazyDogDesign @skyponypress @cbaileybooks @nfrail17 #KidLit #picturebooks

Wednesday, March 8, 2017


Calling all lobster-lovers, book-a-holics, kids, and caregivers - you are invited to the launch party for my third book, LUCY LOVES SHERMAN, on April 1 at the Jensen Beach Barnes & Noble at 11:30am.
There will be a reading, signing, crafts, and most importantly an awesome gift basket giveaway. (Not to brag but my gift baskets are kind of amazing. Ok I'm bragging. But I am really excited about this one!!)
I hope to see you there!