The Little Book of Why

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2023
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Author Biography

Catherine (Cat) Ann Russell loves animals and nature very much. She lives with her husband, Ed, on a small farm in Lyons, Colorado, and has goats, chickens, ducks, and two cute burros named Nikki and Norman. At one time, Catherine had seven large Nubian goats, and she would take them on a walk up the valley near her home. People used to call her, “the goat lady.” Before this time on the farm, Catherine worked many years as a scientist to study the sky and air. She released many weather balloons from canyons, fields, and even ships at sea. People then used to call her, “the balloon lady.” Now, Catherine enjoys writing beautiful children’s books. She hopes she can help feed little babies and children around the world by selling her books and donating money to organizations who care for children. She hopes one day people will call her, “the book lady.” You can find Catherine online at and

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Why! How many times in a day do we hear that persistent plea? Children are full of questions, mainly why questions, and want answers. So when Ben takes his daughter, Belle, for a walk in the woods, it’s a challenging but delightful day full of questions. “Why are the trees so tall, and I’m short? And “Why are there deer in the world? And bobcats? And birds?” Have you ever wondered why? As the questions piled one on top of the other and Belle rattled on without concern over her father’s lack of answers, Ben starts thinking about the many why’s in the world. The final why question tickles him the most, the question Belle asks as he tucks her into bed that night: “Papa, why do you love me?” Where does a loving parent begin to answer that question? Find out in The Little Book of Why by Catherine Russell.

Catherine Russell’s picture book, The Little Book of Why, is a charming journey through a forest full of why’s. Written in simple language so young readers can begin to follow along and enhance their reading skills, the story is accompanied by spectacular illustrations by Morgan Quist Sooy. The pictures, taken from watercolor images, add to the depth of the plot and help move the story along. This is more than just a story about why; it’s a story that explores the natural world, the animals and landscapes that surround us, and the many questions that can be associated with all that we encounter. Young readers will undoubtedly relate to Belle and her many questions, some of which don’t need an answer, at least not yet. This entertaining and educational book is full of fun and, yes, questions.