Category Archives: Mary Nethery

The Eighth Book of Christmas


This is the eighth day of my “The Twelve Books of Christmas” blog series. Each day through December 12 I will showcase a book written by a Colorado author who lives in the Fort Collins area. Please spread the Support Local Businesses love by purchasing a book by a local author at a local bookstore. That way your purchase will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Two independent bookstores that I recommend in Fort Collins are: Old Firehouse Books in Old Town, and Reader’s Cove on Harmony Rd. You can also find books at JAX Outdoor Gear on North College, Clothes Pony in Old Town, and the Northern Colorado Writers Studio at 108 East Monroe Dr. (Across from Tres Margaritas). Ask if they have any autographed copies in stock.

If you like true heart-warming story collections, then you’ll love…

Actual kids' letters from Fort Collins

Letters From Katrina is a coffee table book that draws inspiration from the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. Mississippi children share their Katrina survival stories and are inspired by thousands of pen-pal letters from students around the United States. Peek over the shoulder of our children, read their heartwarming letters, and discover the magic that occurs when we ask life’s most magical question…Will you be my friend?”

Note: Another wonderful book about Hurricane Katrina to pair this book with is Two Bobbies. It was written by my writer friends, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson, and is true story about a cat and dog orphaned in the hurricane who help each other survive.

Mark Hoog

Mark Hoog is the author of the Growing Field children’s leadership series, a sought-after motivational speaker, the Executive Director of the Children’s Leadership Institute and a Captain with United Airlines. Speaking throughout the world, Mark is inspiring youth, business organizations and corporations to live life without limit through his message of Conscious Leadership.

Recommended Books by My Writer Friends Across the Country


Some of my writer friends had new books come out this year so I wanted to give a shout out to them in case you’re stumped as to what to give your book-loving children or relatives this holiday.

An enchanting cat story by best-selling author, Mary Nethery

In Venice in the 1890s, a plain white cat, left to fend for scraps, makes his way into the heart of a cafe owner who has nothing to spare. In no time at all, though, Nini becomes a celebrity, hosting visits from the composer Giuseppe Verdi, the king and queen of Italy, and even Pope Leo XIII. Nini’s fame helps save the struggling business. But is his stardom enough to produce a small miracle of a different sort?

A new historic novel by Newbery Honor Award winner, Kirby Larson

Piper Davis awaits news of her brother, a sailor on the battleship Arizona stationed in Pearl Harbor. Explosions rule the earth and sky, and Piper wonders what will become of her brother, and of her life in Seattle, as blackouts and rationing take hold. Soon, Piper is greeted by another grim situation—the incarceration of her Japanese neighbors.

A clever biography by Sibert Honor winner, Barbara Kerley

In pursuit of truth, Susy Clemens, age 13, vows to set the record straight about her beloved (and misunderstood) father and becomes his secret biographer. The child’s journal entries, reproduced in flowing handwritten, smaller folio inserts, add a dynamic and lovely pacing to the narrative, which includes little-known facts about Twain’s work. 

A twisted bed-time story by master storyteller, Helen Ketteman

Little Monster needs to get ready for bed. That means howling at the moon, scrubbing his scales, getting into his creepy PJs, and enjoying a nice snack before bed: worm juice and baked beetle bread. And, of course, Little Monster’s mother is nearby to tuck Little Monster into bed and turn on his night-light-because even little monsters can be afraid of the dark. Bonnie Leick’s soft, child-friendly illustrations bring a new and quiet twist to the evening’s bedtime ritual.

A book about words by poet and writing coach, Ann Whitford Paul

Where would a sentence be without words? And what’s a word without letters? Just like when constructing a building you have to build your words from the ground up. This book came out in 2009, but is timeless.

All of these books can be purchased at my online bookstore:
 Cookie Monkey Books.

Colorado Children’s Book Award


Now that I’m a Colorado author, I’ve been surfing the web (is that term still used? Sounds old.). Anyway, I’ve been looking at ways to network and for Colorado literary organizations and came across a few book awards, hoping, dreaming, that one day one of my books will be considered. A girl can dream, can’t she?

In the meantime, I found some writers I know on the book award lists! Fort Collins author, Laura Resau, won the Colorado Book Award for her YA novel, The Indigo Notebook. The 19th annual Book Awards were held in Aspen last Friday. The Colorado Book Awards is one of the oldest state book award programs in the country and recognizes outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in multiple categories: anthology/collection, biography, children’s literature, creative non-fiction, history, fiction, genre fiction, general non-fiction, juvenile literature, pictorial, poetry and young adult literature. Way to go, Laura!

And my friends, Mary Nethery and Kirby Larson, were the runner-up team for the 2010 Colorado Children’s Book Award in the Picture Book category. Hurray for Two Bobbies! More good news: their book, Nubs: A Mutt, a Marine, and a Miracle, is nominated for the 2011 award. So if you’re a Colorado library or school who wants to be involved in the voting process, check out the link above and it’ll send you to the nomination form. The books that win are chosen by the kids of Colorado, so it’s quite a special award.

I’m so proud of all three of you!

Free Book with Cat Adoption


Mary Nethery signed her new book, The Famous Nini: A Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Cat Became a Star, at Eureka Books last Saturday, and a kitty from the Humane Society was on hand to greet the attendees. In support of the Humane Society and in celebration of Adopt a Cat Month, Eureka Books is giving a free copy of Mary’s new book to those who adopt a cat from this shelter. Your new cat will love to hear the story of Nini over and over again.

School’s Out, Summer Reading’s In


School ends today for elementary kids in Fort Collins! (Did I tell you I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado?) And the weather this Memorial Day weekend is supposed to be sunny and in the 70s to 80s. Summertime is here! Which means families will be taking vacations and kids will be enrolling in summer camps. Summer is also a great time to read books for pleasure – and prizes! Check out your local library to see what’s in store for their summer reading programs.

And if you’re looking for a special read, my friend, Mary Nethery, is signing her new book about a charming cat who lives in Venice at Eureka Books during Arts Alive on Saturday, June 5th. The illustrations by John Manders are beautiful, too. I can already picture it as a Disney movie! Be sure to pick up a copy of The Famous Nini: The Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Cat Became a Star, and give it to your favorite cat-loving person.

I have a new book coming out at the end of the summer called How to Raise a Dinosaur. It’s my first novelty book! I’ll keep you posted when the release date nears. In the meantime, you can order my other books through the widget in the column to the right.

Happy reading!

P.S. If you’re a writer in Fort Collins, let’s get in touch.

Local Author Festival at Eureka Books


If you’re looking for personalized gifts, come to Eureka Books in Old Town this Saturday afternoon. The store is having a Local Author Festival where you’ll be able to find everything from children’s books to gardening books.

1:00 to 2:00 pm: Children’s story hour with Mary Nethery, Natasha Wing, Marie Raphael, and Pam Service.

2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Booksigning with the children’s authors.

3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Booksigning with the adult authors (or authors of books for non-children!) Ray Raphael, Amy Stewart, Cecelia Holland, Terry McLaughlin, Linda and Matt Morehouse, David Hobbs, and Bill Morrill.