Mary Nethery

Mary NetheryMary Nethery is the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly bestselling author of many picture books for children, as well as books for readers of all ages. She has collaborated with her dear friend, Newbery Honor recipient Kirby Larson, to write Two Bobbies: A True Story of Hurricane Katrina, Friendship and Survival, and Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle. Two Bobbies received the ASPCA Henry Bergh Children's Book Award, the SIBA Book Award, and was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, and is a Junior Library Guild selection; an IRA Teachers' Choice; IRA/CBC Children's Choice; Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People; and is included in The Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College. Two Bobbies has received thirteen state Children's Choice Awards. Nubs is a New York Times Best Seller and recipient of the Christopher Medal; the National Parenting Publication Gold Award; is a Junior Library Guild Selection, and has received ten state Children's Choice Awards. Mary's newest picture book, illustrated by John Manders, is The Famous Nini: A Mostly True Story of How a Plain White Cat Became a Star. Set in 1890's Venice, it tells the story of the meteoric rise of a plain white cat to the world stage. His scrapbook includes a line of music from Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata and is signed by such luminaries as the Czar of Russia, the Emperor of Ethiopia, Pope Leo XIII and the Queen and King of Italy. Mary travels extensively and possesses a passion for animals, adventure, fashion, laughter, kindness and spunky characters -- all of which weave their way into her books. She lives in Eureka, California with her husband Han, and their super brilliant cat, Dashiell, AKA the Baby Muse.


"Thank you, thank you, for giving so much to our kids -- they loved you and your book and especially the kitty paw prints! I loved watching their faces as they packed their backpacks to leave, some of them kept the books out to show whoever was picking them up, some found a special place in their backpacks for the book! Your gift of time spent with each one of them was really fun to watch -- they loved talking to you!"
- Betsy Burch, Ed.D, Site Coordinator, Pacific View Charter School

"Mary's presentation about Nubs: the True Story of a Mutt, a Marine and a Miracle for our 4th and 5th graders was wonderful. Not only did the students enjoy hearing the background information about a book that they love but she did an excellent job of explaining the process of authoring a true book."
- Karen Ott

"I cannot thank Mary enough for making the journey across the country to join us at the Ramaz Lower School in New York City. We were all thrilled to meet her - students and faculty alike! Students were totally engaged as Mary shared her inspiration for writing as well as her research and writing process. Mary really opened students' eyes to what it means to be a writer!"
- Haviva Donin Peters, Ramaz Lower School