About Me

Hi! Thanks for visiting Caterpickles.

Who I am

When I started this blog, I was finishing up my second decade 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.

As a full-time blogger and writer, I’ve now turned my attention to a much more complex problem — how parents can foster their child’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them without sacrificing their own sanity.

My first book, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how parents can use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them–without being an artist themselves. I’ve also released a companion journal for parents who would like a place to capture their interactions with their children around public art.

My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can handle their child’s curious questions without enrolling in a college-level refresher course.

Where to find me online

In the meantime, you can find me:

  • Blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old here at Caterpickles
  • Prattling on about books and the writing life at BostonWriters
  • Tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell
  • Tracking my annual reading on Goodreads

Contact me

  • Email me at shalahowell {at} gmail {.} com
  • Sign up for my mailing list
  • Or leave a comment below

8 comments

  1. Hi Shala, from East Montpelier, Vermont. Just happened upon your great review of our book, In Season, and thought your discription of exploring the world with a 4 year old was wonderful. Loved the picture of the grackle, with the yellow eye, black bill, irridesent blue and green head, black wings….that’s some observer you have there. A picture to be proud of…great world too, around the bird. Also nice how much you were enjoying our book…and not a word about my horrible spelling! Hope you and the young person are still enjoying the world beyond the door, and still reading and writing! Nona Estrin and Charles Johnson in Vermont

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    • Thank you. What a gift your book has been to us. The Caterpickles Field guide got away from us over the summer (buried under the excitement of visiting all the bunnies in the Dedham Public Art Project), but it is a wonderful way to spend time with The now Five Year Old, so I think I will revive it in the morning. It’s spring break here-a perfect time for it.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Well, I managed to accomplish the purchasing of it. It’s sitting on my to read shelf. What I haven’t managed to accomplish is the reading of it, because I’ve been in the mood for mysteries lately, not fantasy. It’s first on the queue for fantasy, though.

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  2. Thank you so much! When you get around to it, would love to hear what you think. I go through spells like that also. Right now, I’m going through a bunch of icky bug (horror) novels that I had to special order off Amazon because the bookstores won’t carry them. One of those genres that the “big five” shun unless you’re Stephen King. Don’t get me started on him. Not a fan! Rock on!

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