Katey Howes

Katey Howes is thrilled to be writing books for children. She is the author of the picture books Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe, Grandmother Thorn, and Be a Maker. Katey lives in Upper Makefield, Pennsylvania, with her husband and three adventurous daughters.


What was your favorite book when you were a child?

The Velveteen Rabbit (and later, Watership Down. I’m partial to bunny books).

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”—Lewis Carroll

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Evan Turk, Elise Gravel, and Mary Doria Russell

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

I’ve been writing to understand—or escape—my own thoughts and feelings since I was very little, and books have always been my best friends. It only seemed natural that someday, I would create books that would be friends, reflections, and adventures for other children who felt the same way.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Read everything you can get your hands on, dream without restraint, and give even the messiest ideas a chance.