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- Sprague and Sullivan, Spokane, WA: Sat. Jan. 29th - 1 p.m.
- S. Hill-29th. and S.E, Blvd., Spokane, WA: Sat. Feb. 5th -1 p.m.
- Auntie's Bookstore, Main Ave., Spokane, WA, Sat. Feb.12th - 1 p.m.
A friend suggested it would be a nice story, and Katie realized that children's books "just plain made sense," she said.
Itty, Bitty Schoolbus Kitty: $12.50
ISBN is 978-0-615-43538-1
Katie is also a musician, singing at churches, weddings, and funerals.
"I sang in a band called 'Strive' for a time and had gigs at the Union Gospel Mission. The residents enjoyed our original, folksy gospel blues. That was a hoot! My daughters, Karly and Katie Mae, and I sing three part a cappella harmony when we get the chance. They are so talented, and we call ourselves 'The Lilies of the Valley'."The Youngrens have three grandchildren, Charlie, Emery and Sofia. Katie loves being a grandma. Three of their four sons are married. And they have a golden retriever, Jorge, that is great friends with the cats, Angel, Pearl and Daisy and the itty bitty kitty, Eve.
"I am active in my Valleyford Community Church and have the sweetest, most supportive church family around. I love to play my mandolin, although I'm still learning, and I have a beautiful violin hanging on my wall collecting dust that I would love to master someday.
"It is my hope and dream to continue to write the series of Itty Bitty, God willing, and to share more true adventures of her with her fans. I have some great ideas in the "hopper", so stay tuned! It just seems that God is leading me on a path He intends for me to follow. I can't think of anything else I would rather do.
"How's that for the itty, bitty nitty, gritty about myself? ;-). – KatieKatie's face is always alight with laughter, and her book reflects that inner joy. She awoke one morning shortly after her childrens book release inspired with the words to a song and its musical score: Itty Bitty Kitty Ditty to accompany Itty, Bitty Schoolbus Kitty. Katie certainly seems headed for a fantastic new career. She laughs and says, "Who knows?" Within days, her vivid imagination had produced a plethora of ideas to pursue. Maybe she'll create a whole line of items related to her Itty Bitty Kitty(R) trademark.
"The tiny kitten? Found hunkered under a dumpster, she was so tiny her eyes were just barely open," Katie said. "We named her Eve, and today the vet says her teeth say she's 41/2 months old, but her weight says she's 51/2 months, so she may grow into a large cat. Isn't that ironic? I guess it all just proves that when people care about a tiny critter (or anyone for that matter), with a little love and nurturing, their potential for growth and to be all that God meant for them to be can be HUGE!"
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