ABOUT TERRY CATASÚS JENNINGS
INTRODUCTION: Terry Catasús Jennings is an award-winning author of children's non-fiction and fact-based fiction. She writes for various educational outlets, including the Smithsonian's Science and Technology for Children series. She is represented by Natalie Lakosil of Bradford Literary Agency.
Stories live in my head. They have, ever since I can remember. Not fiction; but an endless reporting of the funny, interesting facts of life. As a child I had visions of spending hours writing by candlelight in a garret, swaddled in blankets like Jo Marsh even though I lived in a one-story house in Cuba. My vision didn’t come true until after I had already lived half my life—assuming I live to be a hundred—when raising teenagers gave me situations that begged to be written and enough time to write them.
The very first piece I ever submitted, “Slipping Over to the Passenger’s Side,” an essay about teaching my 15 year-old to drive, was published by The Washington Post in 1999. Thinking that I had indeed achieved my Jo March dream, I delved head-long into writing, where I quickly ran into reality. While reality meant every piece I submitted wasn’t published, it also meant that slowly I found my way. Not only has my work been published in newspapers and magazines, but I have found my love, writing non-fiction, or fact-based fiction for children.
In my blog, , hosted by Kool Cat, KC, a now famous feline blogger, I share my love of science and quirky facts.
EDUCATION: I graduated from the University of Richmond in Math and Physics. I have furthered my writing craft with individual courses and workshops.
MY BOOKS: Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery Story, (Sylvan Dell, 2012)
Sounds of the Savanna, (Arbordale, 2015)
Magnetic Magic, (Arbordale, 2016)
Vivian and the Legend of the Hoodoos, (Arbordale, 2017)
The Women's Liberation Movement: 1960-1990, (Mason Crest, 2013)
Changes, (Science and Technology for Children Series, 2010)
Hydroelectric Power, (ABDO, 2017)
OTHER WRITING: My work has appeared in The Washington Post, Long Island Newsday, The Reston Connection (weekly family humor column), and Ranger Rick. I am a contributor to the Science and Technology for Children and Science and Technology Concepts series published by the National Science Resource Center, a consortium between the Smithsonian Institution and the National Academies. I regularly contribute educational content to other print and internet outlets.
Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery Story
2013 Outstanding Science Trade Book - National Science Teachers' Association and Children's Book Council.
2013 New Books for Missouri Students
2014-2015 South Carolina Book Awards Program Selection
The Women's Liberation Movement: 1960-1990
2014 Amelia Bloomer Project List.
Sounds of the Savanna
Bank Street Center's The Best Children's Book of the Year, 2016
Keystone to Reading Award List
I am an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and The Children's Book Build of Washington, DC.