Meet the Author/Illustrator

Catherine Stock

Because Catherine Stock is the daughter of a diplomat (someone who represents his or her government in foreign countries), she grew up in many different countries, including Sweden (where she was born), France, South Africa, and England. The excitement of this background must have gotten into her blood. In her career as an illustrator and writer of children's books, she has continued to travel all over the world.


A Very Important Day is based on one of the illustrator's real-life experiences — the day she became a United States citizen. What unique experiences have you had that you could share with others through a story or illustrations? Talk over your ideas with a friend.

Other Books Illustrated by Catherine Stock

  • Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World
    (written by Mildred Walter)
  • Street Talk
    (written by Ann Warren Turner)
  • The Willow Umbrella
    (written by Christine Widman)
  • The Evening King
    (written by David Larochelle)
  • Oh, Emma
    (written by Barbara Baker)
  • Nellie Bly's Monkey: His Remarkable Story in His Own Words
    (written by Joan W. Blos)
  • Kele's Secret
    (written by Tololwa M. Mollel)
  • Painted Dreams
    (written by Karen Lynn Williams)
  • Miss Viola and Uncle Ed Lee
    (written by Alice Faye Duncan)
  • By the Dawn's Early Light
    (written by Karen Ackerman)
  • The Sanyasin's First Day
    (written by Ned Shank)
  • Doll Baby
    (written by Eve Bunting)

Other Books Written and Illustrated by Catherine Stock

  • Where Are You Going Manyoni?
  • Sophie's Bucket
  • Island Summer