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Preorder WHEN PB MET J = get special swag!

My peanut butter & jelly origin story, illustrated by Sesame Street artist Sarah Rebar, will be out January 17th, 2023 from Penguin Random House! West Side Story meets a world of kitchen condiments in WHEN PB MET J: The Best Friendship Since Sliced Bread. Available just in time for Valentine’s Day, this is a story to share with your bestie, your sweetie, or your favorite kiddo.

If you pre-order now at the link below (or anywhere else books are sold) please let me know (on Twitter or Instagram or Facebook)! I’ll send you some custom swag as a thank you for your support ;-).

For now, I’ll leave you with a sneak peek at our Friday Night Jam spread:

‘Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery’ out June 7th from Candlewick!

All preorders for my books are eligible for a signed bookplate, postcard, and sticker. Just send your proof of purchase to katearonson (at) gmail (dot) com. Thank you in advance for your support!

Here’s a group buy link for all kinds of booksellers offering Poo-Dunit? A Forest Floor Mystery, out from Candlewick on June 7th, 2022:

Free Printable Piglette Valentine!

Whether you celebrate Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or Palentine’s, Piglette and I are sending you lots of love this February 14th ❣️ So here is a free printable valentine card made just for you by illustrator Eva Byrne. Download it & give it to someone you love (or like extremely well). xoxo??

Clovis Keeps His Cool is (Almost) Here!

The long-awaited story behind the proverbial bull in the china shop is here, illustrated by Eve Farb and releasing from Page Street Kids on August 17th, 2021.

Your pre-order would be so appreciated, and I’d be happy to send you a little “thank you” in the mail–Simply contact me with your proof of purchase at: katearonson (at) gmail (dot) com. You can purchase CLOVIS and support your favorite indie bookstore at the same time using either of the following links:

Piglette 2: Due May 25, 2021!

This spring, I’ll be welcoming the scrumptious sequel to Piglette. In these books, I’ve sought to celebrate the senses, while also exploring questions of the heart.

While the first Piglette focused on fragrances and finding one’s place in the world, Piglette’s Perfect Surprise is all about flavor and patisseries (plus a look at striving versus simplicity–I may have been preaching to myself there). Eva Byrne’s luscious illustrations will have your mouth watering!

Authors’ careers are often determined by pre-orders these days, before their books even hit the shelves. That’s why I’d be so grateful for your pre-order, which makes future Piglettes a possibility. The book is available at any of the links below. Indiebound in particular supports your local bookshop, which could surely use the support at this time. Merci beaucoup! and please enjoy a sneak peak inside the book here.


Penguin Random House

Piglette is born!

At last, my book is out in the wild. Welcome, Piglette! Bienvenue au monde!

 This story was written and illustrated with such love.

If you’d be willing to request it at your library, purchase it from your indie bookshop, or order it online,

I’d be so grateful. May it bring you and your little ones many happy moments.

Merci beaucoup!

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The Inspiration Behind “Piglette”


VOILÀ! I give you PIGLETTE, my debut picture book, releasing May 26th, 2020, and already available for pre-order!

While PIGLETTE takes place in France, the inspiration for the story actually came to me in Italy.

In 2015, I was visiting friends in Bologna, and while wandering the city, I stumbled upon the Profumeria Antica Profumeria Al Sacro Cuore (Sacred Heart Antique Perfumery). I stepped inside and thought that I’d found paradise. Maybe you’ll agree…

Profumeria Sacro Cuore, Bologna

(Photo borrowed from the perfumery’s website.)

I sampled fragrances around the shop, and met the most magical saleswoman who could recommend perfumes to people based on their “aura” alone. Is it any wonder that such a place, such an encounter, fired my imagination?

Months later, the character of Piglette appeared in my mind out of nowhere. And once I spent a little time with her, I knew that she was destined for a perfumery of her own, this time in Paris.


My Books

I am overjoyed to announce six forthcoming picture books, releasing in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024! Here are the first 5 (the 6th has yet to be announced):

My debut, PIGLETTE, released May 26th, 2020, can be ordered here:

  1. Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report (week of June 17th, 2019):Publisher's Weekly Announcement

     2. Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report (week of November 11th, 2019):PW Announcement for CLOVIS

      3. Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report (February 26th, 2020)

E7B2556D-991B-4E95-BCDF-02511E0D41A7 4. Publisher’s Marketplace Rights Report (February 26th, 2020)


5. Publisher’s Weekly Rights Report (October 12th, 2020)

A Few Favorites

Seb and the SunSeb and the Sun by Jami Gigot
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a touch of HYGGE (happiness/coziness) to light long, wintry evenings. A perfect bedtime book for little ones and for anyone who wants to be transported to the far North while snuggling beneath the covers. I fell in love with Seb, his walrus sidekick, and their quest to restore a bit of light to their arctic community. Jami Gigot revisits an age-old theme in a brand-new way and graces it with glowing illustrations. To me, Seb and the Sun has all the makings of a classic.

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Bob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold everBob, Not Bob!: *to be read as though you have the worst cold ever by Audrey Vernick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Brilliant, heart-warming, hilarious. Rarely have I seen a picture book (both text and illustrations) infused with so much personality and humor. Gift it to any and every kid in your life!

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The Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers GrimmThe Bearskinner: A Tale of the Brothers Grimm by Laura Amy Schlitz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I worked in the children’s book industry for years, in several different capacities, and today I still actively collect the very best in illustrated children’s books. I consider The Bearskinner to be the most powerful picture book I own. Never have I seen a picture book so honestly portray the darkness life can bring, while still championing hope and driving home the message, “No matter how hard things get, choose life. There will be a way out.” What a valuable book to share with a (slightly older) child audience! I read it to 8 to 12 year-olds and they are always spellbound by Laura Amy Schlitz’s rendering of this timeless Grimms’ tale. And yes, there is a happy ending.

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