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February 29, 2020

The students and staff at Woodland Intermediate school were so inviting and enthusiastic! I shared my writing process and gave the students twenty minutes to write a narrative nonfiction piece of their own. The results: OUTSTANDING!!

Thank you for inviting me to your school Mrs. Harbal and Mr. Doughty!

What a great day.

Books at the Beach

June 16, 2019

Amazing book signing. Book lovers! Great staff! Fun times!

New York City or bust!

Bill WYNNE and I gave a book presentation and had a book signing at the Museum of the Dog on Park Avenue in NYC. Susan Bahary, who created Smoky’s bronze sculpture, flew in from California! Great time had by all!!

Career Day at Blendon Middle School

Spent the day doing what I love best–inspiring the next generation to have goals and follow their dreams!

I spent two days at Creekview Intermediate and met some amazing students.

Dreams Really Do Come True

During my author visits, I discuss the importance of having a dream, and following it–even when others tell you to give up on your dreams. The truth: Failure is just a stepping stone to success. Sometimes the lessons learned from failures are greater than lessons learned from success. I love when the students share their dreams. We have future astronauts, school teachers, marine biologists, NFL football players, and engineers on the way! My favorite response of the two-day school visit was: My dream is for there to be no more wars and have peace in the world. I say AMEN to that young man. This was such an appropriate statement since we had been celebrating Veteran’s Day, and sharing stories about all of the hardships and atrocities our soldiers lived through to ensure our freedom. We talked about the prisoners of war and how they used poetry to endure their captivity.  The POW’s said that their captors took away their freedom and their dignity, but they did not have the power to take their words. We used my latest book, Bonded by Battle, to learn about the military war dogs and the soldiers as they fought the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Iraq, and Afghanistan. We ended each day with a writing workshop. The imaginations and the talent of these young people was nothing short of awe-inspiring.img_0643

Two Incredible Days at Creekview Intermediate School in Marysville

Challenge the Possibilities and Follow Your Dreams!

This past week I had the great fortune to celebrate Veteran’s Day with the students and staff at Creekview. Both fifth and sixth graders generously shared their dreams with me. We can look forward to some future NFL football players, school teachers, astronauts, and engineers. My favorite answer: My dream is for there to be no more wars and I dream of peace on earth. I said a big, AMEN to that young man. We had been discussing the hardships and atrocities out men and women in uniform endured to secure our freedom in this great country. We also discussed the four-footed soldiers that are celebrated in my new book, Bonded by Battle. The students learned about a bunch of loyal military war dogs and the bonds they formed with our soldiers. We wrapped up each day with a narrative nonfiction writing workshop. What a blessing to hear the students read their awe-inspiring work at the end of each session. The students also created some wonderful posters about certain military war dogs. What a wonderful way to celebrate our freedom and Veteran’s Day. Thanks Creekview staff and students, and thanks for the delicious donuts too!

Eagle Point ES in Rossford Ohio rocks! Congrats to the CARE award winners on Claire’s Day. What an awesome event and a great way to celebrate literacy. 

Bonded by Battle

My new book, Bonded by Battle- The Powerful Friendships of Military Dogs and Soldiers from the Civil War to Operation Iraqi Freedom will soon be here! Here is a link to the book trailer and a place to pre-order.