Author Archives: Shala Howell

About Shala Howell

I write about wildly curious kids, rabbits who hunt dragons, and 1880s Boston. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), I blog about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, muse about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.blog, or tweet about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.

Caterpickles Central Update: Our time in Chicago is winding down

Caterpickles Central is packing up shop and heading west again. This time to Northern California. Moving day is in mid-September. Posting will be spotty over the next month or so, as we shut down the Chicago version of Caterpickles Central … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Behind the curtain

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Breaking News: The Caterpickles library is no longer sorted by color

Six and a half years ago, Michael proposed that we organize all of our book by color. Changing the color of the books in a room would be easier than repainting it, he argued. And so we did. We’ve kept … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Baby Bunny at the Lincoln Park Zoo

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“Has anyone ever committed a robbery while armed with a cow?”

In which we discover that cows make surprisingly effective weapons. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Our storm glass is finally back to normal

  And it only took six months. Related Links:  More Wordless Wednesday on Caterpickles “How does a storm glass work? Part One: The Pondering” (Caterpickles) “How does a storm glass work? Part Two: The Testing” (Caterpickles) “How do we reset … Continue reading

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“Did Isaac Newton invent the cat door?”

In which my daughter learns that you can’t believe everything you read in books. Continue reading

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

This week, The Ten-Year-Old dives into summer with a book of scary (but not too scary) stories to tell around a campfire. Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: The Ten-Year-Old finds the world’s smallest lizard

Last week, I told you about The Ten-Year-Old’s daring capture of a giant dragonfly. This week, she snags a tiny lizard. Continue reading

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Where’s my Caterpickles?

Hi all, The Ten-Year-Old was lecturing me the other day about how I haven’t posted nearly enough interesting stuff on Caterpickles this summer. Apparently, she has time to read Caterpickles now, and was disappointed to find I haven’t answered her … Continue reading

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