Patty Costello, Neuroscientist

Author, Neuroscientist, Guest Speaker, School Visits

Patty lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, a zany awesome toddler, a dog named Pippa, and a dog named Spencer. She grew up in the Twin Cities and is a Minnesotan at heart (you betcha!). She has a BS in Psychology from the University of St Thomas and a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Minnesota. Catalina and the King’s Wall is her first book and is published by Eifrig Publishing. At all hours of the day (and night) she can be found standing at her desk, helping her university run smoothly and working on her next children's book. For fun, she likes to trail run, mountain bike, cross-country ski, and hike. She is also a voracious volunteer for various local organizations.

The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her book:

The importance of standing up for what's right and the importance of being welcoming and inclusive of everyone.

Why the author is an authority on the subject of her book:

Patty Costello has a PhD in Neuroscience. She is an expert in implicit bias and using storybooks as teaching tools to inform kids about race and bias. She also speaks on how to create a home literacy environment and how to best promote brain development in children. Her book’s main topic is being welcoming and inclusive of everyone, no matter what they look like or where they are from.


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Speaking Engagements and School Presentations:

Patty Costello, author of Catalina and the King’s Wall, is available to connect with your students, children, teachers, university, and school communities on the following topics:

  • STEM-related classroom activities
  • Storytime
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Create your own story
  • How to create a home literacy environment
  • How to best promote brain development
  • How to use Using Storybooks to Prepare Children for a Diverse World

Presentation Audience:


Grades K-3



5-10 Appearances



Willing to Travel

Book Type:

Picture Book

Children's Fiction



Character Education

Community Issues - Hispanic

Immigration/Immigration Law


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