Katie McElligott

Author of Nothing is Scary with Harry


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"In this engaging story, ...charming paint and colored-pencil illustrations showcase Katie s love and bravery and feature diverse characters. ...for kids and adults who embrace these objects as coping mechanisms, this sweet tale should ring true."

"Readers will be comforted by...the notion of a forever blanket."

"This book beautifully demonstrates how comfort objects are not only for self-soothing, but can actually be empowering to children."




child and family therapist



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Katie is a first-time author and a full-time Creative Director at a Chicago advertising agency.

She lives in Oak Park, IL with her husband, two small children, and cat named Ramona Quimby. In her spare time, she can be found sneaking into her daughter’s bedroom to snuggle Harry.


Katie was inspired to write this book when she saw her

six-month-old daughter take to Harry just as she had. Katie was awe-struck by the instant comfort that this blankie brought to her baby, and appreciative that she’d held on to this unconventional and priceless “heirloom” to pass along.

It got her thinking...today, there is so much focus on getting kids to “give up” comfort objects such as teddy bears or blankets. Nobody was telling kids or parents that it was okay to hold onto important items that helped them feel brave and strong. To Katie, that seemed silly.


Life can be overwhelming enough: we all need to hold tight to the things that keep our insides tough.




Upcoming Events

  • Bookies in Chicago
    Bookie's - New and Used Books
    May 05, 2019, 1:00 PM
    Bookie's - New and Used Books, 10324 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643, USA
    Join me for readings and signings at Bookies in Chicago!
  • Prairie Path Books in Wheaton
    Prairie Path Books
    Apr 27, 2019, 4:00 PM
    Prairie Path Books, 255 Town Square, Wheaton, IL 60189, USA
    Join me at the well-loved Prairie Path Books in Wheaton for book readings and signings.
  • Harvey's Tales in Geneva
    Harvey's Tales
    Apr 27, 2019, 2:00 PM
    Harvey's Tales, 216 James St, Geneva, IL 60134, USA
    I'm so exciting to visit this adorable shop in Geneva. Join me for a book reading and signing.
  • The Book Stall in Winnetka
    The Book Stall
    Apr 27, 2019, 10:30 AM
    The Book Stall, 811 Elm St, Winnetka, IL 60093, USA
    Join me for some readings and signings at the fabled, The Book Stall in Winnetka.
  • Anderson's Bookshop in Downer's Grove
    Anderson's Bookshop
    Apr 20, 2019, 11:00 AM
    Anderson's Bookshop, 5112 Main St, Downers Grove, IL 60515, USA
    Join me for a book signing event at the beautiful Anderson's Bookshop in Downer's Grove.
  • Author Event at Smitten Boutique in the West Loop
    Smitten Boutique
    Apr 13, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Smitten Boutique, 1047 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607, USA
    Bring along your blankies and lovies for free portraits by Jamilla Yipp. Warm Belly Bakery will be providing treats and there will be activities for the kids. Of course, I will be doing some book readings and signings as well.


For any media inquiries, please contact Katie McElligott:

Tel: 708-212-1214 | katiemcelligott2@gmail.com

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