Book Signing Events

Marla had a great book signing event in April at: Learning Express Toys, Brookfield Square, Brookfield, WI

Baseball Events 

Marla's Arizona trip with the Fergie Jenkins Foundation - click HERE to watch the short video clip!

Marla recently joined the Fergie Jenkins Foundation and the Chicago Cubs for Spring Training in Mesa, Arizona once again March 2-4! She signed the Wrigley Field version of Mom's Big Catch along side many baseball greats! When fans purchase the book at spring training, baseball Hall of Famer, Fergie Jenkins also signs it! 

Marla attended the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando this year which were held December 9 - 12, and she joined The Zinger Bat Company (out of Phoenix, AZ) in their trade show booth!

Mom's Big Catch is Showing Up in Area Libraries!

Mom's Big Catch Promotional Game Day Giveaway with the Bluefield Blue Jays sponsored by the Bill Cole Auto Mall! All young fans in attendance received a customized Blue Jays version of Mom's Big Catch!




Mom's Big Catch Promotional Game Day Giveaway with the Princeton Rays sponsored by the Bill Cole Auto Mall! All young fans in attendance received a customized Rays version of Mom's Big Catch!



Spring Training 2013 in Arizona with The Fergie Jenkins Foundation and Baseball Greats!

Pictured with Fergie Jenkins, Bill Buckner, Tommy Davis, Lee Smith, Rollie Fingers, Jody Davis, Pete LaCock and Willie Wilson.

The Fergie Jenkins Foundation Celebrity Golf Tournament Dinner

Pictured with Fergie Jenkins, Willie Wilson, Pete LaCock and Rollie Fingers.

Moms Big Catch Day with the Blue Jays - July 2012

Special thanks to the Bluefield Blue Jays for hosting Mom's Big Catch day at their stadium! It was an awesome event! Kids 10 & under all received a special customized Blue Jays version of Mom's Big Catch. Thank you to The Children's Reading Foundation of Appalachia and the Bill Cole Auto Mall for sponsoring the reading night. The Blue Jays recently kicked off their "Reading is a Home Run" program with the book too!

Mom's Big Catch fans holding the Miller Park version of the book! Send in your photos today in front of your favorite stadium with Mom's Big Catch

School/Teacher Testimonial 

"Thanks again for coming to Winkler. You were very well received from both students and parents!

Several of the teachers said you were humble and related well with the kids. One student asked,"Can Marla McKenna be our substitute teacher? She's so cool!" Today was a special day for me :) I have a student who works with me because reading is difficult for her. We read a biography about a girl in India who invented a washing machine that doesn't run on electricity. In the story, many people told her not to pursue her dreams of inventing... But she didn't stop. And eventually created a washing machine that runs by pedaling.

This student stated, "This reminds me of the author , Marla McKenna, that came to our school. She didn't stop tyring to get her book published. I know that I can reach my goals because I'm not a quitter, and now I have two examples of people that got their dreams because they didn't quit."  

Super powerful! Thank you for making a difference. My student believes in herself, in great part to you. THANK YOU! :)"

School Visits, Family Literacy Nights and Writers Workshops Scheduled Events

October 18, 2013 - Section Elementary School - Mukwonago, WI 

December 4, Edgewood Elementary School - Greenfield, WI

January 30, 2014 - Lyons Elementary School - Burlington, WI

January 30, 2014 - Family Literacy Night at Lyons Elementary School

February 5, 2014 - Winkler Elementary School - Burlington, WI

February 5, 2014 - Family Literacy Night at Winkler Elementary School

February 7, 2014 - Summit View Elementary School - Waukesha, WI

February 7, 2014 - Family Literacy Night at Summit View Elementary School

February 18, 2014 - Marshall Elementary School - Dubuque, IA

February 18, 2014 - Holy Ghost School - Dubuque, IA

February 18, 2014 - READ - Educators Meeting - Dubuque, IA

February 19, 2014 - Fulton Elementary School - Dubuque, IA

February 21, 2014 - George Washington Middle School - Dubuque, IA

February 27, 2014 - Darien Elementary School - Darien, WI

February 27, 2014 - Family Literacy Night - Darien Public Library

March 3, 2014 - St. Thomas Aquinas - Avondale, AZ

March 4, 2014 - Jack Barnes Elementary School, Queens Creek, AZ

March 11, 2014 - Rural Virtual Academy, Medford, WI - online presentation WI statewide

March 17, 2014 - Lincoln Elementary - Wausau, WI

March 18, 2014 - Sacred Heart Catholic School - Shawano, WI

March 18,2014 - St. James Lutheran School - Shawano, WI

March 18, 2014 - Family Literacy Night

March 19, 2014 - Olga Brener Intermediate School - Shawano, WI

March 19, 2014 - Family Literacy Night - Olga Brener Intermediate School

March 20, 2014 -  Hillcrest Primary School - Shawano, WI

March 20, 2014 - Family Literacy Night - Hillcrest Primary School

March 24, 2014 - Bryant Elementary School - Dubuque, IA

March 26, 2014 - Lowell Elementary School - Waukesha, WI

March 31, 2014 - Olson Elementary School - Madison, WI

April 1, 2014 - Cooper Elementary School - Burlington, WI

April 2, 2014 - Maple Grove Elementary School - Greenfield, WI

April 8, 2014 - Magee Elementary School - Genessee Depot, WI

April 11, 2014 - Jackson Elementary School - Elkhorn, WI

April 16, 2014 - Irving Elementary School - Dubuque, IA

April 16, 2014 - Carver Elementary School - Dubuque, IA

April 25, 2014 - Bethesda Elementary School - Waukesha, WI

April 30, 2014 - Lincoln Elementary School - Cudahy, WI

May 1, 2014 - Horizon Elementary School - Pewaukee, WI

May 6, 2014 - Medford Area Elementary School - Medford, WI

May 6, 2014 - Stetsonville Elementary School - Stetsonville, WI

May 7, 2014 - Jefferson Elementary School - Merrill, WI

May 21, 2014 - Shepard Hills Elementary School - Oak Creek, WI 

May 22, 2014 - Union Grove Elementary School - Union Grove, WI

June 17 and 24, 2014 - Johnson Creek Elementary School - Johnson Creek, WI

September 19, 2014 - Skype Session - Voyager Academy - North Carolina 

October 22, 2014 - E.W. Luther Elementary School - South Milwaukee, WI

October 23, 2014 - West Ridge Elemetary School - Racine, WI

October 27 & 28, 2014 - Johnson Creek Elementary School - Johnson Creek, WI

November 12, 2014 - Roosevelt Elementary School - Wauwatosa, WI

November 13, 2014 - Marathon Elementary School - Marathon, WI

January 15, 2015 - Kate Goodrich Elementary School - Merrill, WI

January 28, 2015 - St. Gabriel's - Hubertus, WI

January 29, 2015 - Meadowbrook Elementary School - Waukesha, WI

February 12 - 13, 2015 - Deerfield Elementary School - Deerfield, WI

February 27, 2015 - Rockfield Elementary School - Germantown, WI

March 5, 2015 - Eastbrook Academy - Milwaukee, WI

March 6, 2015 - Bethesda Elementary School - Waukesha, WI

April 16, 2015 - Knapp Elementary School - Racine, WI

April 17, 2015 - Winkler Elementary School - Burlington, WI

April 23, 2015 - Reek Elementary School - Lake Geneva, WI

May 7, 2015 - Tigerton Elementary School - Tigerton, WI

Special thanks to the Nashville Sounds and Ozzie the Mascot for joining Marla at Crieve Hall Elementary School in Nashville, TN. He was awesome! 






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School Events




Special thanks to all the grade schools who have invited Marla to share Mom's Big Catch with their students!  Marla has visited schools across the states of Wisconsin, Arizona, Tennessee, Iowa and Illinois so visits are also available via Skype!


Appleton - Horizons, Edison and Columbus Elementary Schools

Bay View - Bay View Community Center - Read With Me Week - United Way

Brookfield - St. John's Lutheran School

Burlington - Lyons, Winkler, Lowell and Cooper Elementary Schools

Cudahy - Lincoln Elementary School

Darien - Darien Elementary School

Delafield - Cushing Elementary School 

Delavan - Turtle Creek Elementary School 

Dousman - Dousman Elementary School 

Elkhorn - Elkhorn Elementary School

Genesee Depot - Magee Elementary School

Greenfield - St. Jacobi Lutheran School, Maple Grove and Edgewood Elementary Schools

Greendale - Public Library

Hales Corners - Hales Corners Lutheran School

Hatley - Hatley Elementary

Kenosha - St. Joseph Catholic Academy 

Madison - Olson Elementary School

Merrill - Jefferson Elementary School

Medford - Medford Area Elementary School

Mequon - Donges Bay Elementary School

Milwaukee - Eastbrook Academy, St. John's Lutheran School, Next Door Foundation Book Drive/Drop with Milwaukee Police Department and Wendy's

Mukwonago - Section, Clarendon and Rolling Hills Elementary Schools

Muskego/Norway - Tess Corners, Muskego, Mill Valley, Lake View and Country Meadows Elementary Schools

New Berlin - Orchard Lane Elementary School

Oak Creek - Shepard Hills Elementary School

Pewaukee - Horizon Elementary School

Portage - John Muir Elementary School, Woodridge Primary School

Ringle - Riverside Elementary

Shawano - Sacred Heart and St James, Hillcrest and Olga Brener Schools

Stetsonville - Stetsonville Elementary School

Stevens Point - St. Paul Lutheran School

Union Grove - Union Grove Elementary School

Waterford - Evergreen Elementary School, Trailside Elementary School, Woodfield Elementary School

Watertown - Lincoln Elementary School

Waukesha - Banting, Blair, Prairie, Hawthorne, Summit View and Bethesda Elementary Schools

Wausau - Grant, Rib Mountain, Jefferson, Riverview, Hawthorn Hills and Lincoln Elementary Schools

Wisconsin Dells - Spring Hill and Lake Delton Elementary


Avondale - St. Thomas Aquinas 

Cave Creek - Desert Willow Elementary School 

Gilbert - Gilbert Arts Academy

Glendale - Arrowhead Elementary School

Litchfield Park - Barbara Robey Elementary School 

Queen Creek - Jack Barnes Elementary School


Antioch - WC Petty Elementary School 


Dubuque - Audubon, Kennedy, Marshall, Fulton, Carver  and Irving Elementary Schools, George Washington Middle School and Holy Ghost


Franklin - Franklin Elementary School 

Nashville - Crieve Hall, St. Edward Catholic School

Charity Events

Mom's Big Catch is happy to be involved with and has donated books and/or proceeds to:





Special thanks to the first graders at Donges Bay Elementary School in Mequon, WI for making all of these blankets for the dogs, and for donating this cage and great toys to the Wisconsin Humane Society!  It was a very heartwarming gift!