Author Archives: Shala Howell

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, chatting about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.

What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

Granted by John David Anderson What the book’s about: Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets is a fairy-in-training in the magical land of Haven. Her job, should she be deemed worthy of it, will be to grant humans the secret wishes they whisper … Continue reading

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50 States of Public Art: The SPACES Sculpture Trail in Huntsville & Madison, Alabama

As you know, I’ve been doing Wordless Wednesdays for a few years now. Posting a photograph of something or other but not saying much about it has been a nice way to mark the middle of the week. But I’m bored … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Endangered Species Mural at Juana Briones Elementary School

One of the things I love about the public schools here in California is that the buildings are often covered with murals painted by the students. The following pictures are of portions of the Endangered Species Mural at Juana Briones … Continue reading

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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

The Star Diaries by Stanislaw Lem What the book is about: I was more than a little surprised to see The Eleven-Year-Old pick up this book this summer. Lem’s Star Diaries seems like a rich read for adults, much less … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Sailboat off Treasure Island

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What’s The Eleven-Year-Old reading this week?

Summer is in full force here at Caterpickles Central, and someone’s reading list this week reflects it. See if you can figure out The Eleven-Year-Old’s summer goals from the books stacked on her desk. How to Be a Wildflower by … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The buttons of summer

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“There’s a mouse in my pool. Is it time to freak out?”

The house we’re renting in California comes equipped with a pool. It’s been too cold to swim in it so far, but it has still been a source of lots of excitement. Mr. and Mrs. Mallard have regular date mornings … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Summer? Is that really you?

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You’re invited to my first official book event!

I’m headed back to Dedham, Massachusetts this month, and I couldn’t be more excited about it! The Blue Bunny Bookstore has invited me to join them for a festival celebrating the Mother Brook Arts & Community Center’s 5th Anniversary on June 16th from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Hope to see you there! Continue reading

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