Catherine Matthias was an outdoor child – biking, swimming, endless nights of tag, hide-and-seek, and touch football. Her book reading occurred at night, snuggled in bed, the light on past midnight, telling herself the lie, “Just one more chapter.”
Her love of picture books became deep and enduring in her early twenties, when she taught in a preschool, though Catherine states, teaching toddlers is more like being a Maypole, something for them to dash around and occasionally hold onto.” That love continued to grow when she became a mother, and then a grandmother, reading aloud, and never minding repeating favorites.
Over half her lifetime ago, six of her books were published by Children’s Press, now an imprint of Scholastic. Four titles are part of their Rookie Reader series: Too Many Balloons, I Love Cats, Over-Under, and Out the Door. Two nonfiction titles: I Can Be a Police Officer and I Can Be a Computer Operator were included in their career series. In 2004, two of her fiction books were chosen for a 3-book boxed edition, and in 2017, I Love Cats, received its 46th printing.
She lives in rural Joseph, Oregon, with her husband, Stewart Jones, and a menagerie of outdoor cats.