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Welcome to America, Champ!, a stirring picture book set in WWII England, offers a glimpse of the WWII War Brides voyages on the famous ship, the Queen Mary.

Welcome to America, Champ!

Welcome to America, Champ!

Author: Catherine Stier

Illustrator: Doris Ettlinger

Young Thomas celebrates as his widowed mother marries Jack, a kind American serviceman stationed in WWII England. But Thomas realizes someday he and Mum will move faraway to Jack's home in America.

Once the war ends, Thomas is about to embark on a history-making event — the "Bride and Baby" voyages of 1946. Great ships are readied to transport tens of thousands of "soldier brides," ladies from across Europe who, like his mother, married American servicemen. They will cross the Atlantic, crowded in small cabins with their babies and children, to awaiting husbands in the United States.

Thomas is excited to sail aboard the famous RMS Queen Mary. But is he brave enough to leave England — forever?

In this hope-filled WWII and immigration story, Stier and Ettlinger present an extraordinary historical event as experienced by one spirited boy from England.

Welcome to America, Champ! has earned rave reviews:

"Heartfelt watercolor illustrations bring to life the anxiety and tentative joys of this unique historical situation."
-Booklist

For more journal reviews, please visit the Sleeping Bear Press website at www.sleepingbearpress.com.

In Today on Election Day, celebrate the Democratic process with a lively classroom of
“Future Voters!”

Today on Election Day

Today on Election Day

Author: Catherine Stier

Illustrator: David Leonard

 

The school gym is a polling place, and Bailey, Ren, David, Meg, Aiden, and Isabella know all about Election Day and voting! Bailey helped her Aunt Julia run for a seat on the city council. Aiden goes with his grandpa to vote. David's brother Jake will be voting for the first time. Meg talks about how years ago, some citizens were not permitted to vote. A perfect picture book for future voters of America, Today on Election Day will simultaneously entertain and educate.

Today on Election Day has earned rave reviews:

"A proudly buoyant tour of Election Day in the U.S.A.”
-Kirkus Reviews

For more journal reviews, please visit the Albert Whitman & Company website at www.albertwhitman.com.

 

 

If I Ran for President is a perfect choice to help readers learn about elections, celebrate Presidents’ Day or prepare for a visit to our national presidential landmarks.

If I Ran For President

If I Ran for President

Author: Catherine Stier

Illustrator: Lynne Avril

Awards and Honors

  • Catherine Stier received an invitation to the Mount Rushmore bookstore for a book signing event for If I Ran for President and If I Were President
  • Chosen as a Scholastic Lucky Book Club selection
  • Chosen as a National Braille Press Children's Book Club Selection
  • Library Media Connection Editor's Choice Award

Imagine starring in commercials and traveling in your own campaign bus! Or seeing your face on bumper stickers and T-shirts!

If you ran for president, you would get to do these and other fun things, but you would also have to do a lot of hard work. You would study the nation’s problems, tell the American people about your platform, select a running mate, and debate your opponents on live television. Finally, in November, Election Day would arrive. You would keep your fingers crossed and wait for the results—will you be the next president of the United States?

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to run for president. The entertaining yet informative text is a good conversation starter for discussions on the election process. A note about this process accompanies the story. The author, Catherine Stier, is no stranger to politics—her previous book, If I Were President looked at the various responsibilities of the president. Lynne Avril’s cheerful illustrations perfectly complement the lively text.

If I Ran for President has earned rave reviews:

"Children will come away with a better understanding of the complex election process, and, just maybe, an enduring respect for it."
-Booklist

For more journal reviews, please visit the Albert Whitman & Company website at www.albertwhitman.com.

If I Were President is a classic Presidents' Day book -- and a fun and inspiring read for any child who aspires to the highest office in the land!

If I Were President

If I Were President

Author: Catherine Stier

Illustrator: DyAnne DiSalvo-Ryan

Awards and Honors

  • Society of School Librarians International Honor Book, Social Studies
  • IRA Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books
  • Featured in Woman’s Day Kids’ Day Section “Great American Reads”
  • Featured for Presidents’ Day on WGN-TV Bozo Show
  • Chosen for Chicago Public Schools 2005 Literacy Enrichment Program, with 3500 books distributed to 127 schools
  • Has been featured at the gift/museum shops of the White House Historical Association, the Mount Rushmore History Association and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Imagine living in the White House, a mansion where you wouldn’t have to leave home to go bowling or see a movie! Imagine a chef to cook anything you like. “Two desserts tonight, Madam President. No problem!”

If you were president, you would work in the Oval Office, get help making decisions from people in your cabinet, and be in charge of the armed forces. The Secret Service would follow you everywhere, and Air Force One would carry you on trips, sometimes to other nations.

A multicultural cast of children imagines what it would be like to be president. Readers will be so caught up in the fun they won’t realize that the book is also an ingenious teaching device and discussion starter. A note about the presidency accompanies the story.

If I Were President has earned rave reviews:

"This easy picture book provides a nice introductions to the presidency for primary-grade children.”
-Booklist

For more journal reviews, please visit the Albert Whitman & Company website at www.albertwhitman.com.

Barnaby the Bedbug Detective introduces a new kind of hero — and a small dog with big dreams.

Barnaby the Bedbug Detective

Barnaby the Bedbug Detective

Author: Catherine Stier

Illustrator: Karen Sapp

Maybe I'm not the hero type. But I can dream. Sometimes I dream I'm a rescue dog, saving a child lost in the woods. Or a guide dog, helping a person who cannot see. Or a police dog, tracking sneaky robbers. But when I wake up, I must face the truth. It's mostly big dogs who do those jobs. And I'm just Barnaby, a small mutt living in an animal shelter.

Barnaby has big dreams, but he finds his true calling when he's adopted into a loving home and becomes a bedbug-sniffing dog—helping to find hidden bedbugs in hotels, on airplanes, in movie theaters, and even in people's homes!

Turn to the last page of the book to meet an adorable, REAL-LIFE bedbug detective, Bernie!

Barnaby the Bedbug Detective has earned rave reviews:

"Stier visits a timely subject in this informational picture book. . . .there is plenty of useful information here...friendly illustrations dispel some of the misconceptions about bedbugs."
-School Library Journal

For more journal reviews, please visit the Albert Whitman & Company website at www.albertwhitman.com.

Bugs in My Hair?! tackles the problem of head lice in a light-hearted way while offering information and reassurance.

Bugs in My Hair

Bugs in My Hair?!

Author: Catherine Stier

Illustrator: Tammie Lyon

Awards and Honors

  • Named a “Best Children’s Books of the Year” by the Bank Street College of Education

When Alex spills milk on his football jersey and Morgan’s braid unravels, they both say, “These things happen.” But Ellie LaFleur, who is practically perfect, sniffs, “Not to me.” And it’s true. Ellie’s nails are always filed, her clothes are snazzy, and her long locks are lovely. So when Ellie’s head begins to itch, she’s sure it’s an allergy.

“BUGS IN MY HAIR?!” blurts Ellie when her mother and the school nurse give her the bad news: Ellie has head lice. “These things happen,” says Ellie’s mother. At home, Ellie and her mother talk to the doctor and read the papers from the school nurse. Then they shampoo, comb, and do laundry. Ellie even writes a note for kids who get head lice—“These things happen,” it says.

The author includes a note for concerned parents. Catherine Stier’s light look at this all-too-common problem is sure to strike the right note with stressed-out kids and families. Tammie Lyon’s humorous paintings complete this reassuring tale.

Bugs in My Hair?! has earned rave reviews:

"Stier has taken a difficult topic and turned it into a charming story that demystifies the fears and false information surrounding lice infestation.”
-School Library Journal

For more journal reviews, please visit the Albert Whitman & Company website at www.albertwhitman.com.

The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club is a fresh, funny and contemporary novel for 'tweens about friendship and being who you want to be.

Tell-All Club

The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club(hardcover)

Author: Catherine Stier

Tell-All Club

The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club (now in paperback!)

Author: Catherine Stier

Awards and Honors

  • Named a “Teacher’s Pick” by Scholastic Instructor Magazine
  • The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club is now available in paperback!

No one at school had ever thought up a club like this. All you had to do to be in it was answer some questions and share them with the rest of the club.

Questions like: What is your favorite salad dressing? Who is your BFF? What was your most embarrassing moment?

There were plenty of reasons to be in the Tell-All Club. Kiley, T.J., Josh, and Anne each had a different motivation: One of them wanted to fit in, one wanted revenge, one had something to hide, and one of them was dying to find out another's secret.

Told in four different viewpoints, this funny, touching novel explores friendship, social pressures, bullying, and other anxieties of 'tween girls and boys alike.

The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club has earned rave reviews:

"The author deftly addresses the high-interest topics for fledgling teens as her characters struggle to cope with such universal issues as peer pressure, handling bullies and the true nature of friendship."
-Kirkus Reviews

For more journal reviews, please visit the Albert Whitman & Company website at www.albertwhitman.com.

Copyright © 2013 Catherine B. Stier -- All Rights Reserved. Illustrations used throughout this web site are from If I Ran for President by Lynne Avril.
Copyright © 2007 by Lynne Avril. Used with permission of Albert Whitman & Company.