Three Times A Charm with Kathy Coatney

Welcome to Three Times A Charm. I love to introduce readers to the people involved in children’s publishing. Today we welcome children’s non-fiction author and photographer, Kathy Coatney. Kathy, we’d love for you to tell us a little about you.

California native Kathy Coatney has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards over her twenty-year career as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. With her roots in agriculture running four generations deep, she felt a deep concern that children didn’t know how their food was produced. Envisioning a new direction for her writing, she launched From the Farm to the Table series of nonfiction children’s books about agriculture. 

Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a grandbaby on the way and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and half a dozen cottontails that roam freely on her property.
Kathy not only pens two series of children’s books, From the Farm to the Table and Dad’s Girls, a tribute book told by six-year-old Lily about her dad who died while her mom was pregnant with her sister, Violet.

Also writing under Kate Curran, Kathy loves—and writes—deeply emotional, feel-good contemporary romances.

Let’s hear more about your books.  

From the Farm to the Table Bees
From the Farm to the Table Beef

My other children’s book is Dad’s Girls,

Lily and her dad were very close. They spent lots of time together. Friday was her dad’s day off, and they did special things together while her mom taught school. But then a few months before her sister, Violet, was born, her dad died, and everything changed.

This is Lily’s story about all the special memories of her dad. She told it to preserve the memories for her and for Violet, who never had a chance to know him.

Now let’s move on to the threes. Give us your top 3 responses to the following to help us get to know you better.

  • Top 3 books you recommend reading and why you recommend them. 

The first two books From the Farm to the Table are some of my favorites that teach children about the import job insects and animals do to make our food.  The third book, Dad’s Girls is about Lily the little girl on the cover of the From the Farm to the Table Olive book. Her father died suddenly last year of a heart attack at the age of the 34 leaving behind Lily and her unborn sister, Violet. This book is a collaboration between Lily, her mom, Jenny and myself to remember a man we all loved dearly.

  • Top 3 leisure activities.

I have several activities I enjoy, mountain biking, running, hiking that I don’t get to do as often as I’d like, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, kayaking and yoga that I’m not getting to as often as I’d like but going to start again.

  • Top 3 personal mantras or inspirational phrases.

If you want to be big think big, go big or go home, just do it.

Finally, please share with us where our tech savvy readers can find out more about you and your books.     

Thanks for joining us today, Kathy. It was great to get to know more about you and your work.



  1. Hi Kathy. Congratulations on your books. Dad's Girls sounds touching. Books like that bring tears to my eyes. I can relate to your black lab that thinks she's human. My tabby cat thinks he's human too. You gotta love them. Best wishes for your writing.


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