Kathy Coatney


Beekeeper Pat is an insect guy. He started out as a bike guy until he traded a bike for a colony of bees, and he’s been a bee guy ever since. Text with photographs of Beekeeper Pat and his amazing dancing bees tell the story of the important work bees do.

“I had absolutely no idea bees could be so interesting. Actually, I thought they’d be a very boring subject until I read Kathy Coatney’s “Beekeeper Pat and the Amazing Dancing Bees.” I especially like the way Ms. Coatney has incorporated second grade vocabulary words in an easy-to-read and enjoyable writing style. The photos are great, too, giving the reader an actual view inside the world of bees. I’ll be reading this story to my 2nd grader grandson during the holidays. He’s interested in so many different things, and this book will help expand his horizons. Thanks, Ms. Coatney. I plan to purchase your other books, as well.”

“Educational with great pictures my kids have the whole series. Love to read them to my young kids. Must have!”

“The second book in the Farmer Guy/Gal series, this is all about bees and honey. Each page contains a photograph with very interesting information about beekeeping and how bees live. The close-ups of the bees are amazing, and not sure if it’s only me, but the bees look kinda yummy!”

Kathy Coatney has spent long hours behind the lens of a camera, wading through rice paddies, dairies and orchards over her twenty plus years 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.

Kathy also loves—and writes—deeply emotional, small-town romances. She gets her inspiration from movies like While You Were Sleeping, Return To Me, a variety of music, and from her own happily-ever-after. Her favorite place to plot out novels is swinging in a hammock on a warm spring day. Ironically, her fiction books also carry an agriculture thread in them, some more than others.

Kathy’s favorite things: cuddling by the fire, ice cream, fresh-baked scones, mochas, and finding outdoor activities for every season, whether it’s swimming, skiing, mountain biking or a quiet stroll through the woods.

Happily married for over thirty-five years, she and her husband have two grown sons, a granddaughter and a menagerie of animals—a black lab who thinks she’s human, a house cat that looks part bobcat, and numerous wild animals that roam freely on her property.

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