In the Lot - Children

Cathy is an elementary school librarian and STEM teacher in the Hollidaysburg Area School District. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and a Master’s Degree in Counselor Education.  She is the author of three picture books. Cathy lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband. Together, they enjoy hiking, kayaking, traveling, and doing home remodeling projects. 

Katherine R. Christoff holds this book very close to her heart.  Since facing body image issues as an elementary student, she hopes young girls will look at themselves as beautiful for what's on the inside.  Christoff is a graduate of Penn State where she earned her B.S. in Business. She lives in Mount Union, PA and is a proud aunt to Lincoln and Jax.  She enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with her family. 

I graduated from Penn State ('73 EKED) and then received a MS in Reading from SUNY ('79). I was a Reading Specialist for many years and taught third grade for nine years.  I wrote sentences and stories for my students with their interests in mind and to practice words they were struggling to read. I decided to write books about the Nittany Lion to help motivate them to read and as stepping stones to other books. 

Named the 2022 MG first place winner of the Kid’s Choice KIDLIT Writing Contest, Gayle C. Krause is a PAL SCBWI member and writes, PB, MG, and YA novels. She has six published books, with a new picture book coming this fall. She served on the National Rhyme Revolution Committee, choosing the best rhyming picture book from 2015-2018. She presents writing seminars to children’s creatives and teachers. Her book, Rock Star Santa, was performed as a play in Australia and presented at Storytime in Montserrat, British West Indies with a real British Rock Star. Daddy, Can You See the Moon? shares royalties with Our Military Child, an organization that helps veteran’s children deal with their parent’s war injuries/deployment. Her new picture book, Zadie and the Witch’s Tea will be available for pre-order on July 10, 2023. 

This rhyming children's book teaches readers about all the instruments that make up the Blue Band, and many many marching bands! How does each one make sound? What do they look like? This book strives to get young readers interested in making music and learning about coming together to form a whole song! Alumni will love the accurate uniforms and Blue Band building drawings. Music lovers from everywhere will love a little girl's curious nature in discovering where that peppy music comes from! 

Shirley Stuby is a retired banker who, after retirement, finally took the plunge and started her writing career. Over the past few years, she published several short stories in the local Hometown Magazine. A few tears ago she was also published in a national magazine, Country Magazine Extra.

Shirley lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband of 50+ years on a small "farmette" near Schellsburg. In 2004 they purchased a pair if miniature donkeys.  The silly antics of these little donkeys inspired her to write about them. 


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