Laura Atkins is visiting the LaunchPad today to talk about her new picture book SLED DOG DACHSHUND! VCFA is full of dachshund fans and this picture book is right up their alley-- or snowy path, as the case may be! Laura is "a proud member of the Inkredibles, January 2016 graduate." She's also a long-time children’s book editor (Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, Lee & Low and freelance) and a newbie author, with a particular focus on diversity and equity in children’s books. Welcome, Laura... and doggies!
When Jasper the dachshund hears about the world’s biggest dog sled race in Alaska, he just knows he can win. And when his family goes to watch the race, he decides to enter. Jasper tries every position, but he’s too little and doesn’t fit into the sled’s harness. That doesn’t stop him. Jasper sneaks aboard a team sled and finds a way to become a part of the team. His yappy enthusiasm keeps them moving, and Jasper learns how much energy it takes to pull the sled. In the final stretch of the race, his team is neck-and-neck with another sled. Can Jasper help lead his team to victory? Will they win by a (long, pointy) nose?
Hi, Laura. What was the spark that ignited this book?