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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All Hands on Otis

In addition to enjoying a glorious day yesterday, Otis had the pleasure of visiting the pre-K classes at St. Paul Christian School in Nashville.  What love welcomed us there!  Otis was immediately engulfed in a sea of lunch-scented hands and no-holds-barred hugs.

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We talked about our imaginations, and how God’s springtime decorations are all around us, just waiting to inspire creative stories of all sorts.  Wheels of young minds began turning about tulips and daffodils, a rescued kitten (Otis approved), school buses and sunshine, and it was promised to me by several budding authors that Otis and I might get an early read of the yarns they would be weaving in their daydreams to come.

I’m looking ever so forward to your tales, little friends! Email me your writings, photographs and drawings, and I’d love to display them here! (ashleybramlett.author@yahoo.com)

As an extra special blessing of the day, our Ella came along with us!  She showed the students just the right way to scratch Otis behind the ears, helped introduce the Spring volume of Ella and the Little Red Wagon to everyone, and best of all, got the chance to hug and hug and hug again her precious pre-K teacher from two years ago. Love!

Ella and Mrs. Amy CookeTHANK YOU, St. Paul, for your unforgettable kindness, the remarkable politeness displayed by all of your students, of all ages, and for having us in your amazing school.  While it was truly inspiring and welcoming in all its bright colors, sunlight-filled classrooms and refreshing breezeways, it was all that and far more in every person, every student, every teacher, every member of your staff whom we had the pleasure of meeting.  We hope to return to share the chapters of Otis Goes to School with your older grades sometime soon.  You are raising and instructing a fine flock of young folks, and it was our honor to be a small part of your day!

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Send us those stories and drawings, little ones.  You have faithful fans here at the Otis camp!

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Wishing everyone lots of love and dog bones.  Stay tuned next week as we head to Alabama to present Otis Goes to School at the Alabama Book Festival!

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Otis Goes to… the Alabama Book Festival!

Otis and his mini-sidekick, Oxford, were enjoying some Spring Break exploring while visiting family in Atlanta, Georgia, and the phone rang.  We looked with sincere curiosity at the Alabama area code and unfamiliar phone number on the caller ID.  Answering with a “Hello?” in a truly who’s-there?-sort of tone, I received the great news that Otis Goes to School was accepted to the 2014 Alabama Book Festival.  We are thrilled at the chance to introduce Otis to a whole new audience, and for the specific invitation to bring the real Otis, in all his smiley-panting, furry-faced glory, to meet and greet the Festival’s guests.

If you are going to be in Montgomery, Alabama, on Saturday, April 19, we would love for you to come to this wonderful event (on the grounds of Old Alabama Town) that promotes literacy and Alabama-rooted authors, and brings book-lovers together for the benefit of all involved.

A huge THANK YOU goes out to the Alabama Book Festival, for including Otis Goes to School in your line-up, and for all that you do for the Camellia state.  We hope to bring you a huge crowd!

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Visit the 2014 Alabama Book Festival website.

Please enjoy a few Excerpts from Otis Goes to School.

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Book signing at the Castle–YOU are invited!

Otis is so excited about his first big book signing!  Please join us at Hundred Oaks Castle in Winchester, TN, on December 14, 2013, at 2pm.  Christmas is in full bloom, we will have readings by the warm fire in the ballroom, Otis bookmarks and stickers, and you can meet and love on Otis in person.  Otis Goes to School will be on sale, too!  Please share with your friends and family, and come enjoy the season together!

We are also very proud and honored to say that Parnassus Books has invited us back for future readings!  They said it was their best Saturday Story Time yet, and as soon as we receive our upcoming dates, we will pass them on to you.  What a wonderful bookstore!

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Let his snout be your guide…

What’s the strongest sense for a dog?  Smell, of course!  That sniffing snout is always at work, and Otis is no exception to that rule.   Otis Goes to School is full of scent descriptions, told from the canine point-of-view.  You might find yourself closing your eyes and lifting your nose to catch the breeze… add a little dappled sunlight and a daydreamy spot under the Water Maple, and you’ve got the recipe for an “Otiscious” afternoon.

Otis could smell those sweet Magnolias in a row as he saw countless boys and girls waving their peanut butter and dirt-scented hands and calling his name, “Otis!  Look, it’s Otis!  Hey there good boy!”  He was no less than a bona fide celebrity in the pick-up line. 

Click here for an excerpt from Chapter 3… now posted!