New! Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories, the perfect gift for Akita lovers!

Do you love Akitas? Then Do We Have the Book for You!

Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories
Edited by Anastasia Ormeron

You’ll find yourself smiling, wiping away a tear at times, and nodding your head in recognition at these heartwarming tales that recall the unique quirkiness of sharing your home and heart with an Akita.

From mischievous to majestic, hilarious to heroic, and everything in between—Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories is the perfect read for Akita lovers age 12 and up.

In addition, you’ll take a behind-the-scenes peek at the Hollywood movie, “Hachi: A Dog’s Tale,” and share on and off set moments with its amazing Akita stars!

Have you ever wondered what it is that makes an Akita so special?

To answer that question, author and editor Anastasia Ormeron goes back more than thirty years—when, during a trip to Tokyo, a beautiful bronze statue of a dog caught her attention outside Shibuya railway station. 

As she looked closer and met Hachiko’s wistful gaze, she knew she would never forget him or his tale. There is something magical about Japan’s most famous and faithful Akita Inu that touches hearts and changes lives.

Many years passed, but Hachi’s memory remained and her own version of his story reached Akita lovers around the world. One by one, a small circle of Hachi & Friends furry readers began to grow—each with his or her own special tale to tell.

Here is their collection, and much more too. Akitas from every corner of the globe unite to celebrate their ancestor, The Loyal Dog, and his legacy of love in “Hachi’s Favorite Akita Stories.” With gorgeous cover illustrations by Akitas Comics.

Available to the trade through Ingram Distribution. Available in hardback and paperback through Amazon Worldwide.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-21-6

Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-954039-22-3

Kindle U.S.: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BCDT3D4W

About the Author

Anastasia Ormeron is the creator of Hachi & Friends and is a teacher and writer.
 
A friend to animals since childhood, she often carries their beloved stories into the classroom, believing that many of life’s greatest lessons can be learned from them.
 
Anastasia spent most of her crazy, growing up years in London but shares a quieter life today, in a tiny corner of the Italian Alps, with her husband and grumpy gray cat, Mathilda.

About the Cover Illustrator

Talented French illustrator, Rebecca Szmidt, better known as “Akitas Comics,” combines her love of art and dogs with humorous flair. A former student of the prestigious La Cambre-Mode Academy, Rebecca is also a successful fashion designer. Find her on Instagram and Facebook at @akitas_comics.

Bears Darla and Hindie Deserve to Live as the Majestic Creatures they Are!

P.S. Akitas are often affectionately called “Bears” because of their size and their beautiful furry heads, but we’re also advocating for two young bears, the “real” kind, who have been forced into captivity to perform silly tricks for the amusement of humans. We hope you’ll agree this is now way for them to live by signing and sharing our petition. Thank you!

New Kitten Rescue Book for Children—and All Animal Lovers

We hope you’ll enjoy our newest children’s title and share it with your friends, too.

Silver and Spot Find a Home

by Meryl Martin
Illustrated by Craig Orback

Silver and Spot sat all alone in the big woods above the bay. Tall trees and large bushes surrounded them, and below the forest the harbor glistened. It was a gorgeous sight.

But the beauty of the day was lost on the sad kittens. The day before, Mother had gone out to find food and never came back. Her babies were only six weeks old and didn’t know how to hunt or take care of themselves yet. They missed the warmth of their mother. At night the trees seemed scary, as did the bay that reflected the moon.

“Where is Mother?” Silver whined to his brother for the hundredth time.

“I’m not sure,” consoled Spot as he slowly groomed his striped fur. “Maybe she’s just lost. I’ll bet she finds us soon.”

But Silver wasn’t so sure. Would the scared kittens ever see Mother again? Would they meet humans who would care for them? Find out in Silver and Spot Find a Home. With 13 full-color illustrations by Craig Orback, the book is a wonderful early reader for ages 7 and up, and works great for humane education programs too.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-19-3

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954039190

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09W4WMPCY

About the Author:

Meryl Martin is an animal advocate, wife, and mother to seven animals: dogs Maggie and Daisy, and cats Patrick, Scout, Tempest, Nakia, and Perdi, most of whom are rescues. Professionally, Meryl holds a Master’s Degree in Experimental Psychology and has won awards for experimental research she’s designed. Meryl is very involved with her family, including an autistic niece and nephew. She in turn advocates for better services for children with developmental disabilities.

About the Illustrator:

Craig Orback has illustrated many books for young readers, including Starring Steven Spielberg: The Making of a Young Filmmaker, Born to Draw Comics: The Story of Charles Schulz and the Creation of Peanuts, as well as Gifts from the Enemy and The Can Man. He lives near Seattle with his son. He invites you to visit him online at craigorback.com.

New Release “Come Visit the Animal Sanctuary” Boasts 23 Gorgeous Illustrations

What’s not to love about the latest book from FreedomChaser Books?

Come Visit the Animal Sanctuary is packed with full-color illustrations and so many reasons to visit your local animal sanctuary.

by Howard Edelstein
with Terry Cummings

Illustrated by Jade Heyes

About the Book:

Come Visit the Animal Sanctuary follows a tour through a sanctuary for farm animals, describing the amazing animals who call it home and educating the reader on issues the animals face before rescue and life at the sanctuary. The exceptional artistic talent of illustrator Jade Heyes brings the animals and the entire sanctuary to life.

This true-life story shows us that both people and animals have personalities and feelings, and that our animal friends deserve to be treated as we would want to be. The book is a great addition to any humane education program, and is perfect for ages 7 and up. Written by Howard Edelstein with Terry Cummings, co-founder of Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Maryland, this engaging book features 23 full color illustrations by artist Jade Heyes.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-18-6

Paperback link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954039182

Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09T92D3DR

About the Author:

Howard Edelstein is an animal advocate who has worked with various animal protection organizations over the past three decades. He now works helping humans and other animals during disasters, and with sheltering animals during cruelty cases. Howard is the author of An Underwater Friend, the story of a boy who goes fishing and realizes that all animals are sentient beings, and that a friendship can develop between any two individuals. He has also written Ready or Not, Here it Comes, a book about planning for the animals in your care in the event of a disaster; and Scooter Strays, an interactive children’s book about the dangers a stray dog faces.

About the Illustrator:

Jade Heyes is a passionate animal right’s artist who creates artworks illustrating the importance of extending humanities compassion beyond just pet animals and towards all animals, especially those existing on farms. 

Through her artworks she highlights the mistreatment, suffering and death that takes place on these farms and slaughterhouses as well as capturing these animal’s lovable, innocent nature which differs not from dogs, cats, and children. 

Her goal is to reach people’s hearts and get them thinking about exactly what they are supporting when paying for animal products in the hopes that exposing the well-hidden truths behind these industries will help people move towards a vegan lifestyle.

To see more of Jade’s artworks visit her Instagram and Facebook pages: CreatingHarmony_Art.

Our First Seal Book Highlights Animals, Grief, and Helping Others

If Memory Surfs

A Book for Healing

by Christy Burbidge
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

When Memory the seal survives a Bad Thing and an injury, she knows life will never be the same. Recovering at the Rescue Center, she meets three new friends, each healing from wounds of their own. When it comes time for her to surf the waves again, Memory freezes from fear. But if she doesn’t surf back over Danger Reef, she will never get home to her family.
 
Will Memory’s fear get the best of her, or will she find strength in the memories of her friends, helping her to surf over Danger Reef freely and happily once more? Find out in If Memory Surfs, an illustrated early reader and excellent primer for engagement on animals, our natural world, grief, and helping others. Coming soon in audiobook, too!

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-16-2

Paperback link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1954039166

Kindle link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09MNXY2PQ

About the Author

Christy Burbidge is the author of Paulie the Piping Plover’s Merry Misfits: A Martha’s Vineyard Tale, Claire’s Coyote Friends, and If Memory Surfs: A Book for Healing. She is Associate Copy Editor for Better Than Starbucks Poetry Journal and has been published in several literary journals and magazines. Christy has an MSW from Simmons University (2004), a PhD in Expressive Therapies from Lesley University (2012), and works in the mental health field. Visit her online at www.christyburbidge.com.

About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an author, artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover. She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony.

Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is also the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, The No Name Bunny, The Big Wind, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Towpath’s Tail, If Memory Surfs, and Tiffany Rolls On.

Meet Maxwell, who Inspired a New Children’s Book “Pal the Pig’s Best Day”

We told you yesterday that our new children’s title Pal the Pig’s Best Day is based on a true story. Today we want to share that story with you!

Photo Courtesy Heartland Farm Sanctuary

At just six weeks old, Maxwell fell out of a moving transport truck onto the interstate highway in Wisconsin. He bounced off the pavement and into the path of oncoming traffic. Thankfully, cars swerved and stopped, and a kind woman scooped him up. Maxwell’s rescuer took him to her veterinarian, who cleaned the cuts and road rash on his face and ears. Luckily Maxwell didn’t have any broken bones or internal injuries. But he was scared, confused, and very lonely for the other pigs.

One of the vet’s employees took Maxwell home and cared for him until he was taken to Heartland Farm Sanctuary. Since arriving at Heartland, Maxwell has grown into a very large pig. His personality is described as sweet, spunky and sensitive. He enjoys grazing in the pasture and hanging out in the shade with his pig friends. He also loves mealtimes and soaking in the mud on warm, sunny days.

You can learn more about Maxwell here:
https://heartlandfarmsanctuary.org/?hfs-animal=maxwell

Tristan Zick with Maxwell, photo by Stacy Roller

Learn more about the book:

Pal the Pig’s Best Day

Written by Jenny Pavlovic
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

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The piglet was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling, flying through the air, head over tail, tail over head. He landed on the highway with a thud, a bounce, and a roll. Then he skidded to a stop. Ouch! Pal lay in the middle of the highway with feet spread and chin scraped.

The piglet looked up as the truck carrying his piglet friends drove away. It got smaller and smaller . . . and then it was gone. What was he to do now?

Follow Pal the Pig’s journey as what begins as the worst day of his life soon becomes the best day of his life. Along the way you’ll meet the people who grow to love Pal and appreciate him as the joyful soul he is. Illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van, the book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and a wonderful tool for humane education too.

New Children’s Title: Pal the Pig’s Best Day, Based on a True Story

FreedomChaser Books Offers a Fun New Book that Celebrates Animal Sanctuaries and the Special Bonds Between Pigs and their Human Friends

from author Jenny Pavlovic and illustrator Rhonda Van

Pal the Pig’s Best Day 
is Based on a True Story

The piglet was tumbling, tumbling, tumbling, flying through the air, head over tail, tail over head. He landed on the highway with a thud, a bounce, and a roll. Then he skidded to a stop. Ouch! Pal lay in the middle of the highway with feet spread and  chin scraped.

The piglet looked up as the truck carrying his piglet friends drove away. It got smaller and smaller . . . and then it was gone. What was he to do now?

Follow Pal the Pig’s journey as what begins as the worst day of his life soon becomes the best day of his life. Along the way you’ll meet the people who grow to love Pal and appreciate him as the joyful soul he is. Illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van, the book is perfect for ages 6 and up, and a wonderful tool for humane education too.


Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

P.S. You can purchase all our books thru online venues the world over.
Simply search for the ISBN of  978-1-954039-17-9 for Pal the Pig’s Best Day listings.
About the Author
Jenny Pavlovic, Ph.D., lives in Wisconsin with dogs Herbie, Audrey, and Brighty and cat Junipurr. Jenny loves walking her dogs, gardening, swimming, kayaking, and experiencing everyday miracles. Her day job is as a biomedical engineer.

This is her first picture book since the stories she wrote and drew as a child then tried to sell to her mom. She encourages everyone to keep writing and drawing—i.e., pursuing your passions, whatever they may be.

Contact Jenny at jenny@8statekate.net or www.facebook.com/8StateKate
About the Illustrator

Rhonda Van is an author, artist, wildlife rehabber, and lifelong animal lover. She particularly adores jackrabbits, squirrels, her animal companions, Shark Week, vegan dinners in Santa Cruz, and her husband Tony.

Rhonda has been drawing forever, but only got deeper into illustration after she started drawing the wildlife friends she cares for.

Rhonda is also the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, The No Name Bunny, The Big Wind, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Towpath’s Tail, If Memory Surfs, and Tiffany Rolls On.

A Don’t Miss New Children’s Book about Yelodoggie Brings a Message about Self-Acceptance

We all know how important it is for children to learn self-acceptance. What we love about our new book is through Yelodoggie’s quest to find out why he’s yellow, a message of “we’re all different, and that’s ok” can be subtly sent to young readers. Plus, it’s just fun! Makes a great gift for the little ones in your life.

Why Am I…?

A Yelodoggie Book

by Ari Wulff
with Robert McCarty

Floyd is a happy dog with many friends. One day, though, someone asks Floyd why he is yellow . . . but Floyd had never thought about it! He doesn’t know the answer. After all, he isn’t a lemon. He isn’t a banana. He is a dog.

Why am I yellow?” he wonders.

Soon Floyd goes on a quest to find the answer, and meets up with many of his friends and other animals along the way. Why Am I? is a great family conversation starter about accepting ourselves and others just as we are, and provides a soothing bedtime read with the kids. For ages 4 and up with an adult’s help, or 6 and up for beginning readers.

“Why Am I…? is a beautiful book to delight kids and adults alike with lively, attractive illustrations and a cleverly posed message about value and identity. Every page is frame-worthy.”—Bob Tarte, author of Enslaved By Ducks, Kitty Cornered, Fowl Weather, and Feather Brained

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-14-8

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/195403914X

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09HRHV5YQ

About the Author and Illustrator

Ari Wulff is an author, artist, and animal advocate.

Wulff is the author of four books: Born Without a Tail, Circling the Waggins, How to Change the World in 30 Seconds, and Parade of Misfits.

They are also the coauthor of Finding Fido, and the illustrator for the children’s books Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament, and Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics.

Wulff is the creator of the Yelodoggie character. Find Ari online at thewoof.wordpress.com.

About the Coauthor

Robert McCarty is the author of the Planet Of The Dogs series of children’s books: Planet Of The Dogs, Castle In The Mist, and Snow Valley Heroes, A Christmas Tale.

He is the founder of Barking Planet Productions and writes the Barking Planet Children’s Books blog at planetofthedogs.net.

37 Dog Books for Young and Old in Honor of National and International Dog Day

Who Doesn’t Love Dogs?

OK, don’t answer that! We know there are plenty of people out there who don’t love Man’s Best Friend, but today is all about celebrating our furry friends, so join us in saying THANK YOU to our pups for bringing us so much joy and comfort throughout our lifetimes.

To visit our book page and find dog books for our youngest readers to our oldest fans, visit this link. We’ve currently got 37 books for dog lovers! View some of our selected covers below or visit our book page to read more and purchase your favorites. Kiss your dogs for us, and give them an extra hug today.

Happy National and International Dog Day to animal lovers and their companions everywhere.

  • Foster Doggie Insanity

Our First Kindle Vella Story is Here: Imagine…Life on a Chain. Check it out! The First Three Episodes are FREE.

Kindle Vella is here! What is Kindle Vella? Short stories that are produced an episode at a time. When one of our authors writes one, we’ll share the links with you.

The first three episodes are always free. After that, Imagine…Life on a Chain by Tamira Thayne will cost mere pennies per episode! A new episode will come out every Thursday until the short story is done. And it WILL have a happy ending…because Imagine deserves that.

There are currently six episodes, with the seventh due to come out tomorrow.

The story is written for adults, but could be read by ages 12 and up.

In the year 2020, the worst global disaster in our lifetimes forced humans into confinement against their wishes. They didn’t deal with it well. They fought wearing masks, proven to save lives. Fought any perceived restrictions on their freedom.

One could argue that for the first time ever, humans at large got a small taste of what life is like for a dog on a chain. Dogs like Imagine, who couldn’t speak for himself. If only the humans knew what he was capable of…

Here’s a small taste of Episode One:

Imagine…Life on a Chain

Episode One

In the year 2020, the worst global disaster in our lifetimes forced humans into confinement against their wishes.

They didn’t deal with it well.

Doctors and scientists tried to educate the people, convince them it was for the greater good, and yet—even when faced with the very real possibility of death for stepping outside their doors—humans still did so in large numbers.

They fought wearing masks, proven to save lives.

Fought any perceived restrictions on their freedom.

One could argue that for the first time ever, humans at large got a small taste of what is a daily reality for a dog on a chain.

Dogs like Imagine, who couldn’t speak for himself…

…had no voice to say “no more.”

Shame, too. If only the humans had known what he was capable of, they may not have cast him aside so casually…

Based on a true story, Imagine could be any dog living a confined existence in America today. Each of these dogs is worthy, capable, and deserving of a home and loving family of their own.

And, yes, dare we say, freedom.

A Weird Smell

The dog awoke, feeling more uncomfortable than usual—which was saying something, given that he was chained to a dilapidated box the size of a grocery cart.

The world seemed off, the neighborhood quiet, even the woods behind him hushed . . . like everything waited . . .

He shifted uneasily, sniffed the air.

It was warm for March; the sun was just peeking over the far-off mountains, and he shivered as he crawled out of his doghouse to meet the dawn, memory of the recent cold snap making his bones ache.

He supposed he should be grateful for the promise of a warm day. As he slid into middle age, the winter months seemed longer and more unbearable with each passing year.

He shook his fur out the best he could, hoping for a little more insulation until the temperatures rose a few degrees.

He was a mutt, like so many of the forgotten. His fur was thick but on the shorter side, and his black and tan markings made him unremarkable. His floppy ears bespoke a Labrador heritage, while his coloring hinted at shepherd in the mix.

His eyes were kind, smart, knowing.

And sad.

So very, very sad….Read MORE here!

For our Littlest Readers, Meet Animals thru a Dog Who Wants to Chase Them in “No Guppy, Puppy!”

No Guppy, Puppy!
The Puppy Problems Series

Written and Illustrated by Tamira Thayne

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No Guppy, Puppy! introduces our littlest readers to lots of new animal friends as we learn about Puppy’s little problem: he likes to chase animals!

But guess what? The other animals don’t want to be chased. So Mom gives Puppy something fun and safe to do for each animal they meet.

In the end, Puppy finally sees someone Mom will let him chase…shhh…you’ll have to read the story to find out who it is!

Written and illustrated by Tamira Thayne, No Guppy, Puppy! seeks to introduce young readers ages 3 and up to both early sight words and the animals we can see on our daily walks. It also introduces the concept of redirection from unwanted behaviors to something more positive, safe, and fun! Bold colors, simple artwork, and short sentences make for a great bedtime or anytime read for young families on the go.

Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle | Buy in E-Pub

About the Author and Illustrator

Tamira Thayne is an author, publisher, and the founder and former CEO of Dogs Deserve Better, a nonprofit organization seeking to free dogs from chains.

She’s the author of the Animal Protector Series, which to date includes Squirmy Hermie’s Heroics, Raffy Calfy’s Rescue, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed Away, and Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament. She’s also written Happy Dog Coloring Book, It Went to the Dogs, Capitol in Chains, Foster Doggie Insanity, and the Chained Gods young adult series. She is the editor of More Rescue Smiles, and co-editor of Don’t Look a Gift Couch in the Mouth (forthcoming), Unchain My Heart, and Rescue Smiles. (see all her books on her Amazon author page here.)

Tamira lives by a river in the woods of northern Virginia, with her husband, daughter, one dog, seven cats, and hundreds of outside birds and critters she adores from afar. You can reach her through her website at tamirathayne.com.

About The Puppy Problems Series

Puppy’s got a little puppy problem—well, lots of them, if we’re honest. Join us for loads of fun—and color!—as Puppy and our littlest readers explore the world around us. We’ll meet other animals and begin to understand life through a dog’s eyes! P.S. Be sure to say it like this: “Puppy Pwobwems,” because that’s how Mom says it to the “real” Puppy and it gets him all wound up!

About The Real “Puppy,” aka why Tamira Wrote the Book

The idea for No Guppy, Puppy! came from my daily walks in the woods with our rescue dog Khronos. Khronos doesn’t know his real name, because I quickly nicknamed him “His Puppyness” or “Puppy” for short.

We wanted to adopt a dog who would stay with us whenever we spent time outside; however, when we chose Khronos from a rescue group in Pennsylvania, we had no way of knowing how he would do off leash…

Unfortunately hanging with us was not his strong suit—our boy especially enjoyed running off and FINDING ANIMALS TO CHASE! Yikes.

One time, he even broke his leash chasing after a squirrel! Luckily, the squirrel could climb and His Puppyness couldn’t, so he/she was able to escape to safety.

Given Khronos’ enthusiasm for chasing animals, I had to find ways to redirect his attention from the squirrels, cats, horses, and other animals we met on our travels.

I started carrying treats with me, and Puppy loves, loves, LOVES sticks! To his mind, no stick is too big to drag around or chew up. He also likes to bring them to me in an invitation to play tug-of-war with him.

I thought this story would be a fun way to introduce other animals to our littlest readers, and so the idea for No Guppy, Puppy! and the Puppy Problems series was born… —Author Tamira Thayne