The Home Stretch

Kate/ June 29, 2012/ @indieforkids, blog, illustration

“If you’ve ever climbed a mountain, you know that it can be hard to judge how far you really are from the top once you get close. And those last few hundred feet are a doozy.”

– Me, on the seemingly futile pursuit of achievement in this economic environment. Sometimes I tell other people things that I really need to hear.

Maggie and Mt. Bierstadt make a connection.

Safety and grace to every creature, great and small, dislocated in the wake of the Colorado forest fires.

About Kate

Kate Garchinsky illustrates and writes children’s books and educational media in her studio in the woodlands near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her debut picture book, The Secret Life of the Red Fox, written by acclaimed wildlife author, Laurence Pringle, received a starred review from School Library Journal. Kate Garchinsky received a grant from the Eckelberry Fellowship at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where she has been researching and illustrating extinction stories about North American birds such as the Passenger Pigeon and the Carolina Parakeet. Prior to creating children’s books, Kate designed lots of fun things like toys, birdbaths and trail maps. She lives with her husband Brian, Julia and Spencer the cats, and her one-eyed beagle, Maggie May. Kate recently signed on to illustrate two more “Secret Life” narrative non-fiction picture books with Boyds Mills Press—The Secret Life the Little Brown Bat (2018) and The Secret Life of the Skunk (2019). While drawing foxes and bats, Kate also began work on Belle’s Journey, a middle-grade non-fiction chapter book by ornithologist and osprey expert, Rob Bierregaard (Charlesbridge 2018). Get to know more about Kate Garchinsky at (aka