I'm Catherine Ciocchi (pronounced Chokey). I was born and raised in New York in the beautiful Hudson Valley. I'm the youngest of six children in the Miller family who spent a lot of time camping and hiking in the Catskill and Adirondack Mountains. My father, George and my mother, Ruth, taught my three brothers and two sisters to appreciate the wonders of nature. Here I am standing in front of a huge rock in my yard where I grew up. We climbed it all the time.
I was fascinated with Earth Science in high school so much that I went on to study geology and I'm happy to say that I am an Earth Science teacher today. Rhyme is something else I love and use it to explain science concepts to my students. It takes a lot of practice and perseverance to get a rhyme just right. I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Through this organization, I was able to find a fun local writer's group. This dynamic group has established another organization called Children's Writers of the Hudson Valley. Being part of this group has inspired and motivated me in my writing. Every writer needs the support of a writer's group.
A ton of support comes from my wonderful husband Dave and three amazing sons; Dave, Nick and Alex. Each one of them has listened to my stories over and over again. We laugh a lot.
This Land is Your Land is my debut picture book and I can't wait for everyone to read it. Cathy Morrison's illustrations bring my rhyming text to life beyond anything I could imagine. Visit Cathy's website at Her work is truly a detailed vision. Arbordale Publishing published This Land is Your Land to add to their quality book list. Visit their website to see all of the books that bring interesting, fun science, geography and math to young readers. No publisher does this like Arbordale! Visit them at