Katharine Holabird - Hachette Children's Group

Katharine Holabird



Born: Cambridge, MA USA, Jan 23, 1948

Childhood spent in Chicago, IL with 3 sisters (and actress mother, architect father)

Jobs: magazine editor, nursery school teacher, freelance journalist, writer

Lives: North London, England and Water Mill, NY USA

First Book: Angelina Ballerina published 1983

Katharine grew up in an artistic household in Chicago, the 2nd of 4 daughters. As a child she lived in an imaginary world of fairy tales, princesses and ballerinas, and loved to put on plays and dances with her sisters.

Katharine received a BA in Literature from Bennington College in Vermont in 1969, and after graduation worked as a literary editor, then moved to Italy where she was a freelance journalist for 2 years.

In 1973 Katharine married and moved with her husband to London, where she became a nursery school teacher until the birth of their first daughter in 1976. Another daughter was born in 1979 and a son in 1983.

Katharine was already the mother of young children when she created Angelina Ballerina in 1982. "I wanted to write for all the children who love dance and drama, and my daughters were a great inspiration."

There are now over 20 books in print about the adventures of ballet mad Angelina, translated into over 15 languages. Angelina has danced in an animated TV series for several years, and has pirouetted into the limelight with the English National Ballet in two children's ballets based on the series. A new musical, "Angelina the Mousical", is touring the UK in 2012 and will head to the Peacock Theatre in London in 2013.

The Angelina books have won a collection of awards, including: the Kentucky Bluegrass Award for Angelina Ballerina in 1985; ALA Notable Book Awards in 1986 and 1987, a British Book Design and Production award in 1990. Angelina's Christmas was selected as the Child Study Association's Children's Book of the Year in 1987. "Angelina Ballerina's Invitation to the Ballet" won the Oppenheim Platinum Award in 2005.

Books currently available by this author

Date published: New > Old

Hodder Children's Books

Twinkle Makes a Wish

Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton
Contributors:
Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton
Hodder Children's Books

Twinkle Tames a Dragon

Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton
Contributors:
Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton

From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina comes the third book in this brand new series for all those who love fairies, friendship and pink! Fairy Godmother gives Twinkle and her friends a pet each - and Twinkle gets a dragon! Scruffy is boisterous, greedy and full of energy. Twinkle knows that he will be the naughtiest pet at the Fairy Pet Day. But she loves him anyway and Scruffy proves that he can be a good dragon, if he really wants to be!Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Sarah Warburton and Katherine Holabird are an exciting picture book team.Read more about Katherine Holabird on http://katharineholabird.com/, and follow Sarah Warburton at http://sarahwarburton.blogspot.co.uk/.

Hodder Children's Books

Twinkle Thinks Pink

Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton
Contributors:
Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton

From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina, comes the second title in this brand new series for all those who love fairies, friendship and pink! It's Fairy Godmother's garden party and the roses look pretty as a picture until... Twinkle makes a wish to add more pink ones! Not only do the roses turn pink, but the whole garden turns into a candyfloss paradise!With sparkling glitter on the cover and last spread.Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Sarah Warburton and Katharine Holabird are an exciting new picture book team.Read more about Katharine Holabird on http://katharineholabird.com/, and follow Sarah Warburton at http://sarahwarburton.blogspot.co.uk/.

Hodder Children's Books

Twinkle

Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton
Contributors:
Katharine Holabird, Sarah Warburton

From the author of the global success Angelina Ballerina, comes the first title in this brand new series for all those who love fairies, friendship and pink! It's Twinkle's first day at The Fairy School of Magic and Music, and she can't wait to make spells like all the big fairies. But Twinkle keeps forgetting the magic words and her spells go from bad to worse!Illustrated by the bestselling illustrator of Dinosaurs in the Supermarket, Sarah Warburton and Katherine Holabird are an exciting new picture book team.Read more about Katherine Holabird on http://katharineholabird.com/, and follow Sarah Warburton at http://sarahwarburton.blogspot.co.uk/