All About Betty

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR

Author Betty Selakovich Casey

(photo by RachelCoward)

Bio

Betty Selakovich Casey is the editor of TulsaKids, a monthly parenting magazine. A former middle school, high school, and college teacher, Casey is the author and illustrator of the picture books That is a Hat (RoadRunner Press, 2014) and May Finds Her Way (RoadRunner Press, 2013), the latter of which was inspired by the true story of an Iditarod sled dog. 

May Finds Her Way was both a Western Writers of America Spur Award finalist and a Foreword Review Best Book of the Year finalist. Betty’s love of dogs, the outdoors and a streak of superstition about owls from her Croatian grandfather all enter in to this charming story about teamwork and individual courage. That is a Hat, her latest picture book, is informed by her love of animals, the American southwest, and whimsical humor. It was also a ForeWord Review finalist.

Betty’s next book will be The Prince of the Prairie, a picture book about an urban buffalo who has never heard of the high plains where bison live and reign. It will be published by The RoadRunner Press in Winter 2017.

Betty’s writing has appeared in Glamour and Oklahoma Today magazines. She also does a weekly morning show segment on “Good Day, Tulsa” for KTUL-TV. She has a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Oklahoma.

Betty lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her husband, Wes. They have been married for more than thirty years and have three children, Connor, Anna, and Mary. With their children grown and gone, Betty and Wes now share their house with a ninety-pound chocolate labradoodle named Lucy, who likes to lie on Betty’s feet when she draws, and a small, grey tiger-striped cat named Weeble, who enjoys tearing up paper.  When she isn’t running with her husband or walking her dog, Betty enjoys cooking and trying to grow vegetables in her garden.