I am so glad you’re here. My name is Katie Andrews Potter, and I am the creator of Storybook Ancestor.
I am an author, educator, and family historian from Indianapolis, Indiana. I am a 9th generation Hoosier, and am married to Ben, another 9th generation Hoosier. So our kids, Ellie, Micah, and Silas, are 10th generation Hoosiers with plenty of family history at their fingertips – and our family can usually be found somewhere in Indiana exploring.
A Little about Katie
I have a degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. Over the years, I have worked in Special Education and ABA Therapy. Currently, I homeschool our children, and am an online ESL Teacher, a job which I adore. I am currently a student at the National Institute for Genealogical Studies, and am pursuing a certificate in Genealogical Studies-American Records. I’m quite bookish, and love to read and write. I have been researching my own family history since I was sixteen years old – and it all started by listening to older family members share stories with me. Really, I’m just a sucker for a good story!
I love animals, I love to hike, and I love Jesus. I am a recently confirmed Episcopalian, and my faith is very important to me. When I write, it’s usually in the office of our 120 year old house, which is of course filled to the brim with old family photos and family heirlooms that have been passed down to me.
A little more about my family, since Storybook Ancestor is a family effort:
I have been married to my husband Ben for 12 years – and we met when we were teenagers on a backpacking trip. He works as a tutor, and is in school for English. He loves to read plays and poetry, and one of his favorite authors is Kurt Vonnegut.
Our daughter Ellie is ten years old, and she will be helping to review picture books, plus middle grade and young adult works, and help me create activities and printables. She loves to draw and create, play on the computer, and her favorite books are the Warrior Cats series by Erin Hunter.
Our son Micah is five years old. He loves to paint, build with blocks, play with cars and superheroes, and one of his favorite books is No, David! by David Shannon.
Our son Silas was just born in November, and he loves to do everything babies do… especially watch his older brother and sister. We read stories with him, too, and he’ll also grow up to love books.
So, that’s our family in a nutshell. Our kids are also surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family… and of course, the stories of their ancestors. We’re a big Hoosier family, and our family is one of the main things that inspired me to create and share the mission of Storybook Ancestor.
So, what exactly is Storybook Ancestor?
It is all of this: history, genealogy, writing, stories, and art – and bringing of these beautiful things together for today’s children.
It is a place to share reviews of books with a theme of family and family history. It is a place to share resources to encourage kids to write the stories of their ancestors. And it is a place to encourage families to explore their past.
Storybook Ancestor is for ALL kids. All kids from all different kinds of families and backgrounds, cultures, and faiths. Every family is special and unique and we want to celebrate that here.
So, welcome, I’m glad you’re here. Take a look around at our blog, our free resource library, and my books as well. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you may have. It’s nice to have you here! And, as always…