Author: Based in Washington, DC
Phone numbers: (202) 966-5831 and (202) 491-5832
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Website: http://katykellyauthor.com

Books: Lucy Rose series:

Lucy Rose: Here’s the Thing About Me, Lucy Rose: Big on Plans, Lucy Rose: Busy Like You Can't Believe, Lucy Rose: Working Myself to Pieces and Bits

Melonhead series:

Melonhead, Melonhead and the Big Stink, Melonhead and the Undercover Operation, Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster, Melonhead and the We-Fix-It Company
Coming Spring 2015: Melonhead and the Later Gator

Fee: The fee for school visits is $300 the first presentation and $250 for presentation that follows. Caps at $1,000. No charge for the fifth presentation.  Geared to grades 2-5. She also does writing workshops for children, teens and adults.
Availability: Monday-Friday during the school year.
Features: Program: Katy is a high-energy speaker who gets students excited about writing. She explains what it takes to become a professional writer (many drafts, lots of editing and revising) and how to make readers want to read what you write. She wraps up with a game she invented called, “How to Come Up with Characters, a Setting and a Plot in Three Minutes or Less.”

Awards:

  • Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start Award
  • Iowa Children’s Choice Award, Master List 2006-2007 and 2011-2012
  • New Mexico Land of Enchantment, Master List 2007-2008
  • Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award, Master List 2006-2007
  • Virginia Young Readers Program, Master List 2006-2007
  • Kentucky Bluegrass Award, Master List 2006
  • Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Awards, Master List 2011-2012
  • Rhode Island Children's Book Award, Master List
  • Washington, DC Children’s Choice Award
  • Florida Sunshine State, Masterlist
  • Finalist - Bank Street Child Study Children’s Book Award
  • Woodbridge Public Library Pick of the Decade

REVIEWS:

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Hilarious.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

Melonhead “is laugh out loud funny, rivaling Stink and Fudge in its trouble-maker quotient.”

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY

“The book (Melonhead) has an excellent shot at winning over reluctant readers.”

“Kelly’s entirely engaging first novel ranges from comical to genuinely affecting.”

“Readers will resoundingly agree: she has a truly original perspective-and-voice and they will hope Lucy Rose returns to reveal more “things” about herself.”

KIRKUS

“The breezily paced text flows with wit and loads of jocular dialogue.”

BOOKLIST

“In the spirit of Junie B. Jones, Amber Brown and mother of them all, Ramona, comes Lucy Rose.”

“...This genuine girl and her amicable family provide another palindrome for Lucy’s collection: This book is “top spot”.

WASHINGTON POST

“Now a star in his own right, Melonhead will leave readers laughing and longing for more.”

CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

“Lucy Rose’s relationship with both her separated parents should be reassuring to children also facing parental separation.”

“Readers will get hooked on Lucy Rose and her wise cracking family.”

SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Funny... she has a unique voice.”

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