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Nautilus Book Awards – Author Spotlight

I want to share an interview that my mommy did just the other day. She was interviewed about my first book, Everybody Loves Grace, which was recently honored with the Nautilus Book Silver Award for Children’s Illustrated Fiction.

I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did:  https://vimeo.com/420400270

In case you were wondering, I was sitting on the floor right next to Mommy during the interview. We had a lot of fun.

Lovingly, Grace

Nautilus Silver Award – Better Books for a Better World

Everybody Loves Grace: An Amazing True Story of How Grace Brings Love to Everyone She Meets was awarded the Silver Nautilus Book Award. Better Books for a Better World is what Nautilus Book Awards are all about!

Grace truly has a story and she wants children and parents to know we can make a difference through simple acts of kindness.

Thanks to all of you, our biggest supports. We are so grateful for you.

Lovingly, Katy and Grace

Ideas for Indoor Fun

It’s been a BIG change since we started social distancing because of the Corona Virus. Since dogs don’t get the virus, I don’t have to be quite as stringent following the distancing guidelines of 6 feet. People seem so happy to pet me.

Just in case you need them, here are a few ideas for fun things to do with your children and pets:

  1. Pamper yourself and your pets: Nothing feels better than a warm bath, brushing your hair, and getting ready for bed early.
  2. Cook dinner and do the dishes together: Who says your pets can’t join the fun?
  3. Play a game of follow-the-leader through the living room: Kids, parents, and pets are encouraged to participate.
  4. Work on a puzzle together: It’s a great way to collaborate and work as a team.
  5. Snuggle up with a pile of books: Whether reading alone or with your pet, it is special. (Research shows that kids who read in the presence of a dog may experience increased motivation towards mastering their reading skills.)

Lovingly, Grace

Spending Time with my Neighbor

Kindness Matters

You know I talk alot about kindness in my books. My mommy talks about it too, she doesn’t just write children’s books; she trains and motivates adults to find success by living and leading with #Kindness as well. Read more here: http://ow.ly/AYYN50ypKrX

Lovingly,
Grace

Kindness Matters

Grace Inspires Young Readers

A mother shared a sweet story of her two young children who fell in love with Grace and the Everybody Loves Grace books. While research shows that dogs can help kids learn to read, there’s nothing like a first hand story to reinforce the message. Thank you Independent Mami for inspiring me to continue writing about the adventures of Grace. I’m also inspired to get out there and read with more with kids.

Readers, would you do me a favor and leave a comment in the Independent Mami blog post?

http://www.independentmami.net/2020/02/everyone-loves-grace.html

Dogs Can Help Kids Read

My mommy knows how important it is to get kids reading. So every chance she gets, she takes me on the road to read with kids and have fun.

Recent research has shown that it helps kids read when there is a dog around. I try my very best to help kids read when I get the chance to be with them. It’s one of my favorite things to do. You can read more about it in this article in Yahoo.com.

https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/dogs-help-kids-read-author-221837588.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=fb

Lovingly, Grace

Grace’s Top Ten Life Lessons from 2019

  1. Be Kind – Open doors for the elderly and anyone who has their hands full. Share your toys with others.
  2. Be Brave – Don’t be afraid to bark when you want to tell the truth and have something to say.
  3. Cuddle Up – When the weather is cold or rainy, take the opportunity to take deep breaths and cuddle up with your special person.
  4. Have Fun – Jump in the car and be ready for adventure! Who knows where the ride will lead?
  5. Slow Down – it’s okay to slow down and say no when you need to.
  6. Naps are the best – Get lots of sleep and eat healthy food.
  7. Let Go – Sometimes you need to let go of a bone or toy – letting go doesn’t mean you quit.
  8. Smile – Show kindness to someone who has a frown on their face. You will likely turn that frown upside down.
  9. Friends are important – friends made on a walk can be friends for life.
  10. Ask for help – if you need help getting into the car, just ask, there will always be someone to help.

Lovingly, Grace

Merry Christmas!

May your day be Merry and Kind.

Love, Grace

Sending wishes of love and kindness.

Voices of Courage Radio

I recently had a wonderful opportunity to talk with Ken D Foster  on the Voices of Courage Radio Show.  We talked about how Grace’s life lessons give children and parents the Courage to Adapt and Evolve. What a fun conversation, thanks Ken!

To listen to my interview with Ken, just click here: http://voicesofcourage.us/

I’d also encourage you to read Ken’s newest book available at www.couragetochange.us

Thanks for listening, Katy

Happy Thanksgiving

I have so much to be grateful for this year, and mostly it’s for all the friends and family who have helped me in so many ways…from helping me with my books, to taking care of me when Mommy travels to those who stop and say hello to me. I just want to say thank you and I hope you are having a Happy Thanksgiving.

Lovingly, Grace

A little pre-Thanksgiving snow in Denver!

Reading My Stories in China

I just learned that Everybody Loves Grace books are being read in some schools in China. It’s nice to know the books are helping Chinese students with their study of the English language.

It’s also fun to have the kids join me on my adventures.

Lovingly, Grace

Everybody Loves Grace Goes to China!

Precious Cowboys

As a follow-on to our trip to Texas, I received word that a family of young cowboys is reading Grace’s books on their ranch. I’m so grateful that her stories are making it to “hard to reach” places like this one in West Texas.

Rumor has it the boys want to have Grace come visit so she can help them herd their cattle. Grace is already asking me when can she go!

With Joy, Katy

Fun Visiting The Boys and Girls Club

I had so much fun visiting the kids at the Boys and Girls Club in Comfort, Texas. They listened carefully as Mommy read parts of my story, Everybody Loves Grace an Amazing True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Texas.

The kids were so well mannered, and they raised their hands before asking questions about my stories and me. One boy asked Mommy when the movie about my adventures is going to come out. His question made me smile and I hope someday that will happen.

Lovingly, Grace

Visiting KONO 101.1

I’ve been wanting to tell you about meeting Dave Rios during his morning show at KONO 101.1. He is very active with the Feature Teacher Literacy program in San Antonio.

It was so fun to be a part of his morning show. San Antonio is filled with many military families and Dave encouraged his listeners to read my stories.

Dave and I have a common belief. I heard him say a few times during the interview, “Yesterday’s history…Tomorrow’s a mystery…And, Today is the gift…That’s why it’s called the present.” Dave Rios

Lovingly, Grace

We Are a Little Behind

I’ve been remiss about getting posts to you with stories from our fun road trip to Texas in September. There’s so much to share about the trip, I don’t know where to begin.

Grace met lots and lots of children through events at schools, Boys and Girls Clubs and coffee shops. Grace was her amazing self as she connected with so many kids. There was one sweet boy who really wanted to pet her and he kindly asked permission to pet Grace. His name is Nolan and Grace thinks he is very special.

Grace wants to tell you about our visit with Dave Rios and his morning show at KONO 101.1 in San Antonio. I’ll be sure to get her blog to you very soon.

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