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

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.

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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

New Book in the Farm Tales Series for Pre-K and Up Features a Shy Barn Cat

Another Don’t Miss Animal Book from WCY Publishing!

Brave Cat, Barn Cat

From the Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends

Written by Stephanie Itle-Clark
Illustrated by Jessie Miller

Being brave can be scary. Join barn cat Onyx, the newest addition to the Farm Tales Series family, and follow the journey of a shy barn cat who takes small steps toward courage. This fun rhythmic text introduces the reader to the work and life of barn cats. Will this shy kitty be able to save the day? Readers will be inspired to face new situations with bravery.

The Farm Tales Series is written just for early readers in grades Pre-K-2. The book text incorporates early sight words as well as discussion questions for parents and educators to support growth in critical thinking and empathy for others.

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Publisher : Who Chains You Books (April 25, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 40 pages
ISBN-10 : 1954039093
ISBN-13 : 978-1954039094
Item Weight : 4.2 ounces
Dimensions : 8.5 x 0.1 x 8.5 inches

About the Author

Stephanie Itle-Clark is a public-school teacher, as well as the founder and president of the Academy of Prosocial Learning, a group which supports prosocial and empathy education and provides resources and professional development for educators. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and their pack of tiny rescue dogs.

Stephanie is the author of Tiffany Rolls On, Oliver’s Big Problem, Flock of Friends, Out of the Dog House, and Brave Cat, Barn Cat. She is also the editor of Humane Education in Higher Education.

About the Illustrator

Jessie Miller is founder of the non profit organization EPIC Outreach, which focuses on teaching kindness to inspire compassion. In 2019 Jessie started and now runs the farm sanctuary, One EPIC Farm, with rescued farm animals that serves as an education outreach center.

Jessie lives in Florida, where she spends time at the beach, running, writing, or hanging out with the rescued animals. Visit epicoutreach.org for more info. Jessie is the author of Chance—Wings of Hope and Winne: A Wet and Windy Adventure, and the illustrator of the Farm Tales: Oliver and Friends series.

New Dual Biography Features Environmental Activist James Phillips and Animal Activist Steve Hindi

Introducing

The Fox Feats and Shark Tales of Pollution Fighter James F. Phillips and Animal Rights Warrior Steven O. Hindi

by Pauline Marie Gambill

The FOX FEATS and SHARK TALES of Pollution Fighter James F. Phillips and Animal Rights Warrior Steven O. Hindi is an extensive and absorbing look at the lives and achievements of two courageous and fearless individuals: James F. Phillips (1930-2001), known as “the Fox;” and Steven Hindi, founder of the animal rights organization SHARK (Showing Animals Respect and Kindness).

The book delves into the early lives of Phillips and Hindi and looks at what drove them to a fierce and relentless dedication to their causes. Their journeys were not without serious and dangerous obstacles, and—in Hindi’s case—even resulted in physical injury. In addition to the telling of the men’s intriguing histories, visual images provide an important peek into their lives and work.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-05-6

•   Publisher : Who Chains You Books (April 2, 2021) 
•   Language : English 
•   Paperback : 296 pages 
•   ISBN-10 : 1954039050 
•   ISBN-13 : 978-1954039056 
•   Item Weight : 14.1 ounces 
•   Dimensions : 6 x 0.67 x 9 inches 

E-Pub ISBN: 978-1-954039-06-3

Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B091SK675D

Other E-Pub Sites: https://books2read.com/foxfeats

About the Author

Pauline Marie Gambill is a dedicated environmentalist and animal rights advocate. After working many years for the State of Illinois Department of Human Services in Chicago, she took an early retirement and returned to college to obtain an MA in Environmental Studies. She then worked at the USEPA in Chicago for ten years. Since her second retirement, she has continued her support of environmental and animal rights causes and has been a member of the Chicago Animal Rights Coalition which was originally established by Steve Hindi.

Her other primary interest is genealogy. She has traveled all over the country to do research and has written numerous family histories.

Deadline Looms to Send Us YOUR Funny Animal Rescue Story!

You’ve all got them…funny animal rescue stories…

At least if you’re in the animal rescue “business.”

Truth be told, most laugh-out-loud rescue stories don’t start out funny. They’re in fact disasters of the highest order that only become hilarious in hindsight. (You’ve all read the tale of the roomba smearing doody all over the room, right? Not at all amusing if you’re the one cleaning it up, but it makes for a great story at dinner parties later!)

Editors Tamira Thayne and Christy Burbidge have been scouring the internet to bring you some great moments in animal rescue, moments that bring some laughs to what can be a heartbreaking field.

We still have room for a few more tales! Could One of Them Be YOURS? Deadline is March 31st.

Have a laugh out loud story about something that happened in animal rescue? Share it with us, and we’ll choose 15-30 stories for our upcoming 2021 book entitled Don’t Look a Gift Couch in the Mouth—And Other Guffawfully Funny Stories of Animal Rescue. We’re seeking essays of 1000-3000 words, and would love a photo or two of the animal in question to go with your tale if possible.

Submit your story to us here: https://whochainsyou.com/submissions.html

Happy Writing!

This Easter, Choose a Wonderful Bunny Book for the Kids Instead of a Real Rabbit!

This year’s Easter Celebration falls on April 4th, and rabbit rescues nationwide are asking the public not to purchase live rabbits as gifts for children.

Might we suggest a lovely book about our adorable bunny friends instead?

The best part of giving The No Name Bunny as a gift this Easter? It’s still adorable and they still get to learn all about bunnies . . . but a book doesn’t require food, shelter, vet care, or daily attention.

The No Name Bunny Makes the Perfect Easter Gift!

Which makes it the perfect way to celebrate the holiday without causing more work for already frazzled parents!

The No Name Bunny tells of one rabbit’s journey to find her forever family, emphasizing the importance of hope in the face of life’s challenges and offering an animal’s perspective on loss and fear, belief and belonging. In this children’s tale of redemption, the No Name Bunny perseveres despite neglect and abandonment to achieve her dream of a better life and to finally get what she wants most: a name.

After reading The No Name Bunny, young readers ages 6 and up will come to understand that, like us, animals deserve compassion and empathy. While the story’s central theme emphasizes humane treatment of animals, humans and animals alike can grasp the need for love, belonging, and identity.

Amazon reader Tina said this about The No Name Bunny:

This book is beautiful, adorable, and touching. This book is SOOOO CUTE! Not only does it have a great message, but it actually moved me to tears, in a good way. I can’t say that about any other children’s book. Definitely worth purchasing.

Another reader, Anna, said “Such a beautiful children’s book. This is a great way to educate children and build their emotional intelligence/empathy for animals. Don’t miss on this buy!”

Grab your copy today at the following venues:

Bunnies Deserve Better!

The No Name Bunny

Written by Ali Tibbetts. Illustrated by Rhonda Van.

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Thinking About Chicks Instead?
We’ve got a Beautiful Chicken book,Too!

Friends come in all shapes and sizes! This flock of friends rhymes their way through a day at the farm, sharing some of the things chickens like to do and asking us to think about our friends big and small. Get to know Pebbles, Bingo, Ginger, and Roo and take part in their adventures at One EPIC Farm in the second book of the Farm Tales Series. Celebrate making friends of all kinds and learn how our differences make us special. Also included are fun facts about chickens and questions you can answer with your own friends. The Farm Tales Series is written just for early readers in grades Pre-K-2. The book text incorporates early sight words as well as discussion questions for parents and educators to support growth in critical thinking and empathy for others.

Flock of Friends
Farm Tales Series: Oliver & Friends

Written by Stephanie Itle-Clark. Illustrated by Jessie Miller

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Learn More about Sloth Bears with Ajeet and author Gail Jewel Hunte

Ajeet the Sloth Bear

by Gail Jewel Hunte
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Wild About the Animals Conservation Series

Ajeet the sloth bear had been awake for hours, eating his fill of ants and termites. His tummy was full, but he used his strong paws to shake the mango tree until a few came tumbling down anyway.

His sister, playing in the grass, called to him. “Ajeet, come and play with me before Mamma Bear calls us back to the cave,” she shouted.

Ajeet peeked through the bushes, and then stopped. Who were those strange men? Before he knew it, the little sloth bear had been taken far away, where he would soon learn his fate…

Inspired by the conservation work of Wildlife SOS in India, Ajeet the Sloth Bear tells the story of a young bear who is captured and forced to dance for entertainment.

Ajeet is afraid of humans, but he senses kindness in a little boy named Ravi. The bear begins to feel hope again as he realizes Ravi wants to set him free. Could he get back to the family and life he longs for? Find out in Ajeet the Sloth Bear, by Gail Jewel Hunte. For ages 7 and up and beautifully illustrated in full color by artist Rhonda Van.

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-954039-03-2 • Buy in Paperback | Buy on Kindle

E-Pub ISBN: 978-1-954039-04-9

About the Author:

Born in London, Gail Jewel Hunte divides her time between the UK and the island of Barbados, where her family roots are. She is known as the Animal Talk Lady, and believes animals are sentient beings that teach us about compassion, forgiveness, courage, and love.

Gail created Barbados’ first pet magazine, Animal Talk, is a radio talk show host for Animal Craze, and is a trustee for the Charity Action for Animals Barbados (AFAB).

When not writing and helping animals, Gail loves spending time with her cats, the family dogs, and relaxing with friends in the warm Caribbean Sea. Weird facts about Gail? She likes spiders and watching clouds. One of her favorite foods is chocolate.

About the Illustrator:

Rhonda Van is an artist, author, 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 the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of Ajeet the Sloth Bear, The Big Wind, The No Name Bunny, Towpath’s Tail, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, and Tiffany Rolls On. Find her online at rhondaluluart.com.

Testimonials:

“Wildlife SOS has worked with hundreds of bears like Ajeet, bears taken from the wild as cubs. It is always challenging to explain to a child what that experience would be like for a young bear. Through the eyes of Ajeet the sloth bear, a young reader will learn compassion for animals and a desire to keep them free.”—Nikki Sharp, Executive Director, Wildlife SOS, wildlifesos.org

“I loved Ajeet the sloth bear! It sends out a very strong message both to children as well as adults—respect animals and their habitats. You have drawn attention to the poverty which exists in India very subtly, along with an idea that money can be earned in a different, much kinder way. All in all a delightful read! Much love and best wishes for a super success.”—Shama Noorani Choudhary, Author of Communications from Your Angels

Wildlife Rehabber Pens Children’s Book about Pigeons—Highlighting the Lessons We Can Learn to Help Wildlife

by Trish Bruno
Illustrated by Rhonda Van

Author Trish Bruno will be featured on Good Day Sacramento on Monday, February 15 to talk about her book. If you’re local, check out her segment!

The Big Wind is the sweet story of a pigeon family separated during a bad storm and their quest to be reunited. When the babies are taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center, their rescuers are taught about the needs of the young birds and how they can best help them.

Can the babies get back to Mom and Dad and become a family again? Find out in The Big Wind, written by author Trish Bruno and illustrated by Rhonda Van. The book is perfect for ages 7 and up, and a delightful read for classroom and humane education work, too.

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About the Author:

Trish Bruno, M.Ed, VT, is a retired elementary school teacher turned veterinary/wildlife technician. She has been working with animals for over 20 years, and finally turned her passion into a career in 2010. She lives with her husband Steve and their children in the Sacramento, California area. They have one dog, two cats, and Vanilla the pigeon. Trish is currently employed as a vet tech at a local pet hospital.

About the Illustrator:

Rhonda Van is an artist, author, 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 the author and illustrator of Squeak the Squirrel, and the illustrator of The Big Wind, The No Name Bunny, Towpath’s Tail, The Sleepy Honey Bee, Lop-Eared Lily, Spittin’ Kitten’s Speed-Away, and Tiffany Rolls On. Find her online at rhondaluluart.com.

Love pigeons? Don’t miss our first book highlighting these wonderful birds, Smidgey Pidgey’s Predicament!

Join Us for a Virtual Story Writing Seminar, January 23rd, in Conjunction with the United Federation of Teachers Humane Education Committee

Animal Story Creation in the Classroom

How do we as animal lovers and teachers encourage children’s fiction that is both engaging AND enlightening with regards to animal issues?

Join The UFT Humane Education Committee for a Virtual Story Writing Workshop, “Animal Story Creation in the Classroom,” on January 23, 2021, as we begin to explore the world of animal advocacy fiction writing in the student venue.

Author and publisher Tamira Thayne will dive into the elements of good storytelling as it applies to our animal friends, and how our classrooms can weave thought-provoking content into a story that captures the emotions and imagination.

Tamira Thayne is founder of Who Chains You Books, a publishing company devoted to producing titles by and for animal lovers, rescuers, and animal advocates of all ages. She has written or edited over 15 books for all ages, including “It Went to the Dogs: How Michael Vick’s Dogfighting Compound Became a Haven for Rescue Pups” as well as the Animal Protector series.

Ms. Thayne also pioneered the anti-tethering movement in America, forming and leading the nonprofit Dogs Deserve Better.

To register for this event, please visit:
https://bit.ly/3s3JGAF