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By Catherine Stier

Catherine Stier is a San Antonio-based author of award-winning children’s books and holds a Master’s in Education in Reading and Literacy from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Stier’s research on children’s literature has been featured in Children’s Literature in Education and other academic journals.

A professional writer for more than 20 years, Stier has authored eight children’s books, some of which have been selected for the Scholastic Book Club, the Bank Street College Best Books of the Year and other honors. Stier’s stories and features have appeared in Highlights for Children, Child Life, My Friend, Pack ‘O Fun, Woman’s Day, Woman’s World, Chicago Parent, the Chicago Sun-Times, the San Antonio Express-News and other publications. She has served as a newspaper columnist, a Library Teen Writing Club Facilitator and a writing instructor for children and adults.

Stier has performed her lively author’s visit program at schools, libraries and bookstores and she has been a guest author/presenter at museum, college and charity events.

Stier’s books have led her to travel and adventure – she has conducted book signings at Mount Rushmore, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and aboard the historic ship, the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California.

Sometimes her books have journeyed forth on their own adventures. IF I WERE PRESIDENT had a guest spot on a Chicago children’s television show. That same title was read by elected women leaders from all over the country to classrooms in their districts – from Maine to Hawaii – as the 2017 selected book for Rutgers University’s Center for American Women and Politics’ Teach A Girl to Lead project. Another title, IF I RAN FOR PRESIDENT, was selected by the Houston Bar Association for their 2012 Constitution Day observation and read by volunteers to school children in 100 Houston area schools. Finally, the WWII children’s book, WELCOME TO AMERICA, CHAMP!, which features scenes aboard the historic ship, the Queen Mary, is part of a Queen Mary Community Memorabilia Collection to be displayed in Long Beach, California.

Stier currently serves as an informal education volunteer with the San Antonio Public Library youth programs and the San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department’s children’s nature programs. She is a San Antonio Writing Project Teacher Consultant, a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a member of the Texas Non-Profit Theatres organization. Recently, she was selected for the inaugural New Playwright program at San Antonio’s Magik Theatre, a professional children’s theatre, and is currently working on a theatrical adaptation of one of her books.

Some of the author’s favorite things include postcards, vintage travel posters, coffee mugs collected from exciting tourist destinations and chicken noodle soup.

In regard to the writing process, Stier finds true wonder in the way the particles of one’s life – a snippet of story shared by a grandparent, a bit of a folk song a parent sang, a site observed on a trip – can coalesce with other fragments of memory and experience into something new and whole and exciting.

Stier writes about travel from a children’s writer’s perspective on her blog, Travel Like A Writer and tweets about travel + writing/reading children’s literature at @travellikeawrtr.

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