Caitlin Easy-Reader Series

Dancing squirrels illustration by Ron Whitacre

Caitlin has spent many summers at Camp Whispering Pines and knows her way around. Her mother is the camp life-guard and back-packing expert. Caitlin knows all the adult counselors and the regular campers. Her camp adventures and challenges teach her to work hard for a goal, how to be a good friend, and how to beat boredom. The outdoor, summer camp setting is fun for young readers, especially those who already enjoy camp or who will be going for the first time.

Tagalong Caitlin

Caitlin has spent every summer she can remember at camp with her mom, who is a counselor. This summer, she wants to join the difficult, three-day hike with the older girls. But Caitlin’s mom says she’s not old enough yet. Caitlin is determined to change her mom’s mind and prove she is strong enough for the hike. Will Caitlin be allowed to go on the overnight hike? And if so, will she be able to do the full three days?

Tagalong Caitlin is a fun read-aloud book for younger children and is easily read by children ages 7 and up. It was awarded 2nd prize in the Children’s category of the Mill City Press Author Awards for 2017.

Caitlin’s Buddy

First-time campers can be a lot of trouble! Caitlin agrees to be the buddy of a new camper who doesn’t know how to do anything. Misha trips over tent stakes, cries herself to sleep, and hides food in her backpack. But she has lots of good ideas. Then, after a campfire, Misha runs off into the dark night and Caitlin follows to stop her. Will Caitlin be able to forgive Misha for getting them lost? Will the two girls only be temporary tentmates or friends forever?

Caitlin’s Buddy is a fun read for children, especially girls who will go to sleep-away camp for the first time. They will enjoy the feeling of taking part in summer camp adventures and sharing the ups and downs of new friendships.

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Caitlin’s Party

All the campers have gone home and seven-year-old Caitlin is the only kid still at Camp Whispering Pines. Her mother and the other counselors are busy working to close camp for the winter. Caitlin has finished her chores and now she is bored. She wishes they could have an end of summer party, but she knows the adults are always tired after a long day of working. Caitlin decides she will plan the party herself. She asks Cookie to make a cake and sets off to help the other adults with their chores.  As Caitlin walks around camp and helps the adult counselors with their work, readers will learn what it takes to close down a camp for the winter. Will Caitlin be able to convince the adults to come to her party?  And if so, will it be a success?

Caitlin’s Party is a story of a young girl’s determination and her friendship with adults. The many black and white illustrations show Caitlin’s activities and help readers understand a game of charades. Special fun is added by a raccoon family who lives at the camp.

About the Illustrator

Ron Whitacre is a professional sculptor first and foremost. Most of the time, he creates wonderfully evocative work in welded steel. But he also loves to draw.  His illustrations for Tagalong Caitlin and Caitlin’s Buddy are rendered in pen and ink and pencil. They include full-page illustrations, half-page pictures, and many small vignettes scattered throughout. Ron’s charming animal mascots (raccoons, squirrels, and lizards) greet the reader at the start of each chapter, giving one more reason to keep turning the pages.

Caitlin Hiking illustration by Ron Whitacre
Raccoon illustration by Ron Whitacre
Squirrel with hula hoop
lizard on a stick