Buddies was created by Catherine Balkin, who worked at HarperCollins
Children's Books for nearly 14 years, setting up author appearances
in schools and libraries and handling all activities and events
relating to HarperCollins' participation in institutional conferences.
If you've ever been to an ALA, IRA or NCTE, you've probably
met her! While at HarperCollins, she also created the first
publisher's electronic listserv dedicated to serving teachers
and librarians, providing information on awards, authors and illustrators
(this listserv is no longer active). She has also written biographies
for the Books
of Junior Authors and Illustrators published by
H.W. Wilson, author interviews, English back translations for
Arabic and Japanese advertising copy, children's book manuscripts
and has done editorial work on various children's books.
Balkin Buddies website, and the formation of Balkin Buddies, reflects
her continuing dedication to the world of children's books and
to the teachers and librarians who get them into the hands of
children. We hope you enjoy the website and will contact
us with any questions you might have about authors, artists, setting
up appearances, children's book publishing, editorial services,
and illustrator services or general publishing information.
Buddies can also be found on
our favorite blog
Catherine with her two assistants, Woof (left) and Meow (right),
who like to sit on her shoulders while she works on this website
and offer comments on her labors.