Hello Fall, and Granbery Elementary!

September is here!  All has been quiet on the Otis blog for a while, but not behind the scenes.  We’ve been busy working on the sequel to Otis Goes to School, as well as several other new and exciting writing projects… some involving some pretty special canine characters!  We will reveal details as we receive permission to do so, but for now, stay tuned and enjoy this adventure that all started with one dog who needed a home.  We are still visiting schools and reading with students, and our favorite moments are with our young fans. Stay in touch and let us know what you like about #OtisGoestoSchool!

Fall is knocking on the door, and school is back in session! Backpacks and lunchboxes for all the students means daytime naps and eyeballing the clock for the most fabulous hour of the day for Otis.  What is that hour?  3pm, of course. The time his three favorite whippersnappers arrive back home from all that book-learning, ready for snuggles and catch-up hugs from the long school day apart.

But tomorrow won’t allow for a nap for Otis!  On Friday, September 11, we are off to visit Granbery Elementary School in Brentwood, TN.  We will visit with 732 (wowee!!) K-4 graders and gladly spread the notion:

reading is a beautiful way to grow your budding imaginations.

Otis is the special guest for this school’s “Wild About Reading” week, and we couldn’t be more excited.  We are looking forward to our largest crowd yet, and Otis is particularly excited about all the petting and loving.  Thank you for inviting us, Granbery.  We are honored to be WILD with you about #READING!

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Spreading the Words…

Join me in supporting Metro Arts!

By the Fall of 2014, the Bellevue Library in Nashville, TN, will be the home of two inspiring, professional art projects.  Artists’ concepts from all over the country were considered for  these creations.  Great Beginnings, by Beverly Stucker Precious, was the chosen concept for the library’s new outdoor classroom, and it involves the idea of a “learning tree,” with opening sentences from literary works woven right into the branches.

The opening sentence of "Otis Goes to School" could very well be included in this inspiring work of art.  Thank you for nominating us!

“Great Beginnings,” by Beverly Precious. The opening sentence of “Otis Goes to School” could very well be included in this inspiring work of art. Thank you for nominating us!

How creatively AMAZING!

Ms. Precious is currently seeking nominations from favorite first sentences to be included in her learning tree, and if you see fit, I would be honored if you would take a moment to submit the following opening sentence of Otis Goes to School, for her consideration:

It was Autumn… the air was crisp and the leaves were changing colors before falling to decorate the grass with their crunchy-ness.

Can you feel the cool hints in the fall season’s air?  Can you see the bright green leaves of the maple changing to sunshine yellows, and then to twilight oranges, and lastly to fiery reds… finally releasing their stemmed grips and spinning in their one and only chance to dance on the breeze, landing silently on the pin-tops of grass blades, crunching beneath the spritely feet of children celebrating a golden afternoon…?

If you see the picture painted within the opening sentence of Otis Goes to School, if it makes you want to read more, if it makes you smile or touches you in some memory tucked into your heart’s treasure chest, then please nominate us to be included in Ms. Precious’s masterpiece, to be included in the library’s artistic inspiration of budding imaginations.

CLICK HERE to read about the art projects coming to the Bellevue Library, and to include Otis in the nominations.  VISIT the Metro Arts ONLINE SUGGESTION BOX, and complete the very short form.  You can cut and paste the opening sentence of Otis from the quote above.  It takes just a minute or so, and you will be supporting the library, the arts, and Otis Goes to School!

Thank you so much for including us in your busy schedules.

Blessings and barks to you for a beautiful day ahead!