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Improve Kid-Lit by Reading with a Dog

Did you know that children’s literacy can be enhanced by reading with a dog? Research shows that the presence of a dog improves a child’s interest in reading and improves their willingness to work through a reading challenge.

“The findings showed that children spent significantly more time reading and showed more persistence when a dog — regardless of breed or age — was in the room as opposed to when they read without them,” says Rousseau. “In addition, the children reported feeling more interested and more competent.”

I think Grace was on to something when we started the Everybody Loves Grace series. Not only do children love to read about dogs, they love to be with a dog when they are reading.

With Love, Katy and Grace

Photo Credit: Kylie Keegan

Good Morning Sunshine

This morning was very special. I got to meet with two of Denver’s finest….they are always hard at work and I was happy they stopped to say good morning to me. Of course, I looked straight into their eyes and into their hearts.

Lovingly, Grace

Good morning sunshines!

Believe in Dog Podcast

I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Believe in Dog Podcast hosted by the beautiful and caring Erin Scott. The Believe in Dog Podcast shares stories about the love of dogs changing our lives and changing the world. “I believe a dog can be a healer, a teacher and an inspiration.” – Erin Scott

In case you were wondering, Grace was right by my side throughout the entire podcast interview.


Take Care, Katy and Grace

Mommy is Traveling

My mommy is traveling which means I get to stay home by myself. Well, not really by myself because Mommy always makes sure I have someone special to stay with.

Did I tell you Mommy is starting to speak about leadership topics? She used to speak about leadership when she was working at the CIA and she decided to start doing it again. Something about humble leadership and living life with purpose, courage, and faith.

This is kind of a long trip that Mommy’s on, so I get to spend this weekend with a special friend, Jaida. I am so happy to walk and spend time with her.

Lovingly, Grace

Jaida and me
Heading home after the playground

There’s No Place Like Home

I had a lot of fun in Santa Fe, NM and I was also happy to come home. While I love being on the road, I also love sleeping next to Mommy’s bed at night and the familiar routine I have at home. You’ll get to read more about this in Book 6.

I also love it when I run into my friends in the neighborhood. Today on my way to do “my rounds” at Denver Health, I ran into my long-time friend Tobee Mac. I realized that we’ve been friends for over ten years!

I talked about friends in Book 3, my adventure to Texas. Good friends are friends forever even if we don’t see each other often. I really had fun walking with Tobee Mac this morning.



Tobee Mac and Grace

I’m Back in Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mommy and I haven’t been on a road trip in a while so I asked Mommy if we could go back to Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I thought it was a good idea because the drive is only six hours and I wanted to explore the great sniffs I talked about in Book 2.

It’s been fun being here and I remember so many of the sniffs.  The other day, we walked around the Santa Fe Courthouse and sat under a tree and enjoyed the breeze.  While we were there, I got to meet a special woman named Ida who is 91 years old.  She was so happy to spend time with me!

Then the other night, Mommy asked if I wanted to lead our walk.  I took Mommy along the Santa Fe River, around the Santa Fe Plaza and by the Loretto Chapel and Cathedral of Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi.  I remembered what fun we had when I visited last year.

Mommy and I walked for a long time and came across a music festival going on in the town square.  We sat under a tree and listened to a woman sing beautiful songs while she played her guitar. There was a young boy from Texas listening to the music and he stopped to pet me. He couldn’t believe my breed, Finnish Lapphund, herds reindeer!

I wish you could be here with me.  It’s been fun to be on the road again.

Lovingly, Grace

Enjoying the Santa Fe River

Get The Adorable new Grace Plush Dog Free!

Get The Adorable new Grace Plush Dog Free!

The super-soft and cuddly Grace plush is available for free with the purchase of the 5-book series for a limited time.

We often receive feedback that the Everybody Loves Grace books bring adults and children together in conversation. “Katy, it’s such a great way to connect with my grandkids. We have fun talking about all the places of adventure and the emotions that come up with the life lessons presented in the books.”

Now you can add the super cuddly Grace plush to your reading time. The 5-book series with plush is $49.95 plus shipping.

With Love, Katy and Grace

Get Your Grace Plush Dog Now!

Grace is the heart of each book in the Everybody Loves Grace series. You can now have your very own Grace as a super-soft, cuddly, plush toy with soft black fur, brown eyes, little black nose, and her trademark tan eyebrows and red heart collar!

Just one word of warning. The new Grace plush is snuggly and soft just like the real Grace. Once you start holding her, you may never let go!

Thank you to our friends who have patiently waited for the Grace plush to become available. We are super excited to have them available for purchase. Don’t miss our special promotion with free shipping now through August 15, 2021.

Living with Grace:

Mommy and I started a new project and I want to tell you a little bit about it. With the help of some friends, we created an enrichment program for seniors, it’s called Living with Grace.

We tested out our new program at two senior assisted living facilities and it was well received. I think I had as much fun as the people who were there with us. Mommy read Everybody Loves Grace Book One while I visited with the people who attended. I heard Mommy ask questions that really got people talking. The fun and lively discussions involved people talking about dogs they grew up with or the farms where they lived, and what life is like living in a senior community.

I think it’s amazing that my stories have as much of an impact on seniors as they do children. I hope you’ll stay tuned for more details about our new program.

Lovingly, Grace

Grace Inspires Children

Everybody Loves Grace and Everybody Loves Coco. The Everybody Loves Grace series inspired young writer, Vidya Malgari, to write a book about her dog, Coco, after reading Grace’s stories.

Vidya’s book, Everybody Loves Coco, is a sweet and endearing story about Coco. The reader learns about Coco’s arrival with her new family and about her adventures to Massachusetts, West Virginia and in Northern Virginia.

I’ve always said that my goal with the Everybody Loves Grace series is to inspire children and give them courage to go through life’s changes knowing things will work out well. It’s wonderful to know that Grace’s stories are inspiring young writers too.

I was grateful to meet Vidya, along with her Mom and siblings, Anya and Ravi, neighbor Joy and of course, Coco. Thank you Vidya for your beautiful book.

With Love, Katy

Shaping the Library Industry

Grace’s Adventure to Pennsylvania was recently featured along with other Nautilus Award winners in the American Library Association’s 2021 Conference. The Conference brings together bestselling authors; experts; political luminaries; and thought-leaders and influencers in the library field from around the world. 

This year’s guest speakers included President Barack Obama and Amanda Gorman. Important updates were shared, relevant legislation and policy were addressed that majorly impact libraries and their ongoing transformation.

The library industry is changing and we are grateful to be a part of it in our small way.

Lovingly, Katy and Grace

An Author Interview with Feathered Quill

I never get tired of talking (or writing) about Grace and her stories. Especially because she continues to inspire me and the people we meet on our daily walks.

I want to share with you my recent interview with Holly Connors of the Feathered Quill. The interview brought up some sweet stories and reminders of Grace and her journey to Denver and meeting her big brother, Tinto.

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What is the Nautilus Award?

In case you are interested, The Nautilus Awards represent “Better Books for a Better World.”

Now in its 20th year, this international book award program honors, awards and promotes print books that inspire and connect our lives as individuals, communities and global citizens.

The Nautilus Awards recognize, “well-written and -produced books with messages about caring for, understanding, and improving every aspect of our lives and relationships….responsible leadership and positive social change as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspirational reading for children, teens and young adults.”

Everybody Loves Grace, Books 1 and 5, were awarded the Nautilus Silver for Children’s Illustrated Fiction. I say it’s all because of Grace, Amazing Grace. We are honored to be in company with some incredible authors whose books have made a “Better World.”

With Gratitude, Katy

Our Most Recent Nautilus Award – April 2021

Hidden Treasure

Adopting a dog is like finding hidden treasure.  It’s not until we bring them home and look inside that we come to know the true gift they are.  – Katy McQuaid

In honor of National Adopt-a-Dog Day I share the following. As you know from Grace’s stories, she came to live with me in Denver, CO when she was four years old.

Treasure, trea·​sure | \ ˈtre-zhər

Definition: a person (or dog) who is greatly loved or valued especially because of being very helpful.  Merriam Webster


Better Books for a Better World Silver Award

It warms my heart to know that Grace’s life lessons are helping to make a better world. Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Pennsylvania was awarded the 2020 Nautilus Book’s Silver Award for Children’s Illustrated Fiction.

Through Grace’s eyes we learn about the importance of doing what we want to do in life and not putting off the things on our bucket list. In addition, Grace shares about the importance of preparing for life’s special events and also being flexible when changes are necessary.

Of course, this special recognition is only possible because of our amazing team. Thank you to illustrator Susan Lavalley Weaver, graphic layout Megan Leid, editors Mel Cohen, Tracy Johnson, Linda Hartley, Dean Bernard and Maryann Hrichak. Website and social media experts Robert Staddon and Lindsey Kotik.

We celebrate this wonderful news together.

We are so grateful. Lovingly, Katy and Grace

Celebrating our Friends on Facebook

Today was a fun day for Mommy and me! Did you know that we reached over 2000 page likes on Facebook today? We are are so grateful for all our wonderful friends and family who follow my adventures and life lessons on Facebook and Instagram.

It makes me smile when I think of all the friends I’ve made since the Everybody Loves Grace book series began.

Much Love, Grace

Home Sweet Home

I don’t often take the time to mention how amazing Grace is on our road trips. Well, she is truly, very special.

We just got home from our most recent road trip adventure to Washington, DC that began from our home in Denver on November 9, 2020. We didn’t plan to be gone for four months but there were many twists and turns to our schedule and through it all, Grace was simply amazing. I think she earned the title of Road Warrior.

No matter how long we drove in the car, or how many homes and hotels we stayed in, Grace was always ready to smile and let people know they are loved. We set all kinds of personal records on this trip: 3800 miles, four months of travel and stayed in 10 different locations.

I know I am happy to be home and I think Grace is too. We are so grateful for all the friends and family we got to see on our trip. Also, we never take it for granted that the journey is a safe one. We are grateful to be home safely.

We look forward to sharing the life lessons in our next book, Everybody Loves Grace: A True Story of Grace’s Adventure to Washington, DC.

Take Care, Katy

Home Sweet Home

Simple Acts of Kindness – Giving and Receiving

Some days I feel like the luckiest dog on earth. Today as I was walking with Mommy in the sleet and freezing rain, one of the neighbors opened her garage door to say hello to me. She was worried that I was cold, and she wanted to be sure Mommy and I were okay.

Eleanor lives down the street from Grandma Joan and she used to help care for Tinto when he visited a long time ago. It’s nice to meet some of the people who knew and remember Tinto. I think he loved the snow as much as I do.

Lovingly, Grace

Eleanor Checking In With Me
Ice and Snow in Virginia