Living with a children's author isn't as easy as it looks!

School Visits

Mom says that school visits are one of the absolute best perks of being an author.

barnes and noble

Talking, reading, and playing with bunches of kids is one of her favorite things to do, and being an author gives her a reason (excuse) to do it.


For 35 years, she didn’t need an excuse because she was a teacher.



I guess you can take the teacher out of the school, but you can’t take the school out of the teacher.

Mom has been to three author visits in the past month. At one of them, sheΒ helped kids understand how to accept and include differently-abled friends.

old bridge


At another one, she taught about how an idea becomes a story and how that story becomes a book. And the third visit was just a quick stop to see the kids she taught and pick up a thank you note and gift that they made for her.

bulletin board note

Perfect fit on Mom’s inspiration board…

...and not a bad spot for a nap, either.

…and not a bad spot for a nap, either.

That quick stop included a cute little doggie in her flag dress who was invited along by the teacher, instead of being left behind watching out the window as the car pulled away.


It was ME! I was invited to school!!

note at schoolI have dreamed about this for-like-EVER! I was petted and fussed over and had a captive audience to watch me do tricks and feed me treats. I tasted pretty much every single kid, and they were delicious! They tasted like crayons. And gum. And lunchroom pizza. And playground dirt. Everyone said I was well-behaved and cute as a buttermilk biscuit.Β Well, they didn’t exactly say that, but I knew it was true.


Being cute…

Mom even took a minute to talk to the kids about how to meet a new dog and how to avoid dog bites and keep from scaring or startling dogs.

school visit

And a little about the job that therapy dogs do.


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Did I mention how everyone loved me and said I was cute? Yeah… That.

desk dog2

Comments on: "School Visits" (71)

  1. Cupcake! What a wonderful adventure you had – AND you were especially invited to be there? WOW! Just shows what a celebrity you are dear girl. You look wonderful in your outfit too – I bet they enjoyed watching you do tricks AND hearing from your Mom how you do therapy work and how to meet a new dog, etc. Your Mom is obviously a GREAT speaker for the school kids – all those years of teaching means she knows how to keep their attention too – I’m SURE you help a lot with that part!

    Love, Sammy

    • Thanks, S. We did have a super good time. Except for being slightly terrified to go in, I was a good girl. When the teacher opened her door and called my name, I ran in like she was my best friend in the world. After that, It was easy.

      Love and licks,

  2. hannahandlucy said:

    How nice to be invited to see the children Cupcake.

    • I loved it, H and L. I always try to tell Mom to bring me along, but I can’t get through to her like a class full of kids.

      Love and licks,

  3. wow…. what a well behaved doggie you are!!! Your Mom is not only an amazing writer, but a pretty darn wonderful dog-raiser, too. My furry girl would bark herself silly with all that attention.

    • Ha! Your girl is normal. Lots of doggies bark themselves silly. I am very quiet and save my best work for the evil mailman who I’m pretty sure is trying to kill me.

      Love and licks,

  4. Katie Isabella said:

    Cupcake! My human brovver is a teacher too. He teaches middle school science and math and social studies. He’s love to have you to visit!

    • Thanks, KI. Your brovver must be super smart. Mom uses her finger calculator every time she has to do math.

      Love and licks,

  5. fredrieka said:

    First off you are Cute Cupcake. Your mom is so inspiring. Imagine all the up and coming authors that will be inspired to write beautiful books because of your mom

  6. Of course they all said you were cute! Good job Cupcake and mom too! Btw that sweater in the first photo is utterly brilliant and beautiful! Xo Johanna and Charley

  7. I bet those kids loved seeing you Cupcake. How great that is that your Mom goes and visits schools. Teaching is a great thing to do. Our Mom used to teach kids how to ride horses and she really enjoyed it. Glad you were such big hit Cupcake.

    • Horse riding teacher! What a SUPER fun job. Plus no math! And no dressing up in teacher clothes. Awesome.

      Love and licks,

  8. We are sure the kids loved having you visit too. You are so lucky to get to do that!

    • Thanks, H and Z. I did feel very lucky. Plus we were scheduled right after lunch. It made the kids all the more delicious.

      Love and licks,

  9. So wonderful that Mom, and you, have been able to visit school kids so often lately, Cupcake. What lucky kids! What lucky Mom! What lucky You!

    • So true, P! We were the luckiest ever. Now, if only Mom would get lucky with book #2 or ebook #2…

      Love and licks,

  10. What a fun day! I think it would have been fun to have your Mom as a teacher!

    • Thanks, Pix. Mom had fun every day when she was a teacher. She said, “If I ain’t havin’ fun, ain’t nobody havin’ fun.” So, yeah. Everybody was havin’ fun.

      Love and licks,

  11. Cupcake!
    You are sooooo lucky. My mom has only let me visit during Skype visits. (Pssst. Those kids taste like her laptop screen.) I hope one day to visit a school just like you!
    Tag wags,

    • Thanks, G. Laptop screen kids are nice, but kids that touch back are even better. Mom says when somebody publishes one of her dog stories, I will go along on every visit.

      Love and licks,

  12. No ego there, Cupcake! πŸ™‚ I bet your mom was a fabulous teacher. All the pictures look like she’s having fun! Would love to hear her share her book — one of my favorites!

  13. Who do I contact at Barnes and Noble to register my complain for them leaving Cupcake off the sign?

    • I’ve often wondered what happened there…. Maybe because Mom didn’t even know me then…

      Love and licks,

  14. Cupcake,
    You went to school ~ AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Cupcake,nyou are such a little Princess…pawfect to teach kids about dogs ( and go with Mom on her appearances). You are a natural!

  16. Genevieve and Cupcake, you two are a perfect match. Love all the photos and so glad you can’t take the teacher out of school. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, T. Trust me, Mom is a teacher 24/7/365 with me! I can’t get a break from learning!

      Love and licks,

  17. Hey Cupcake, it is nice to see you are visiting kids instead of laying on the road. πŸ™‚ I am very glad everyone had a great time and learned important things at the same time (like, maybe, how many treats can a Cupcake eat?).

    • Ha! Thanks, L. I was tempted to try a quick pavement nap in the school parking lot, but Mom said the word, “Don’t you dare.” The answer to the treat question would be – infinity treats!

      Love and licks,

  18. Outstanding! Nice photos of some fun times. πŸ™‚

  19. How could they possibly not go gaga for you? You are adorable and such a good doggie to go along with mom and be the apple of every eye. I never had such fun in school in my day…..when exactly was that? Hmmmmmm….never mind! Mom makes me laugh too. Huggies all around x B

    • Thanks, Boomdee. In my small experience with school, it has always been fun. Plus there are treats. Maybe there weren’t enough treats at your school – which I’m sure wasn’t too long ago… πŸ™‚

      Love and licks,

  20. We loved this post Cupcake. Mom is differently-abled and so enjoyed the way your mom explains it to the children. Not to mention, you being invited to join them. You are a fantastic dog and your mother is very understanding. I just love what you both are doing in the school.

    Shoko, Kali and Mom Jean

    • Thanks, S, K, and MJ. Mom teaches the kids that we are ALL differently-abled in one form or another. And we ALL need help sometimes, but none of us needs help ALL the time. Knowing how and when to help is called “being a friend.”

      Love and licks,

      • I love it…its time children knew these things….get um young and perhaps the stereotypes will disappear. You are doing a great job and I thank you for your efforts…..both of you. Wish I could be a fly on the wall and listen.


  21. I wish you and your Mom came to my school when I was little. You are a purrrfect example of sweetness.

  22. Oooh Cupcake! You have all been promoted and you is now a teacherer. I thinks those children will have loved you, and will have learnt lots and lots from your mummy. The drawing of you is betterer than the Mona Lisa.
    Love Chicken 🐾

    • Thanks, C. In between eating treats and getting cuddles, I did teach the delicious kids. I agree – that drawing did capture my MonaLisa smile.

      Love and licks,

  23. Go Cupcake! That must have been a very exciting visit. Are you going to be a regular now?

    • Thanks, Mr. N. I will not be a regular, sadly, but I made the best of my visit, nonetheless.

      Love and licks,

  24. We wanted to take my book to a library to read, but here you have to be a therapy dog if you want to visit libraries or schools, so it is out for us. Mom has no interest in the therapy dog thing. Looks like you had fun.

    • What a bummer, E. I can see your mom’s point. You certainly have enough learning on your plate without doing therapy work. When Mom takes me to a therapy work visit, she always specifies that although I am a therapy dog, I have no skills. I’m just sweet and lovable.

      Love and licks,

  25. Yay for you Cupcake! Finally she took you along instead of leaving you home alone. And thank you for sharing what the children taste like, I had no idea they tasted like crayons. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks, J. It was a wonderful surprise to be allowed to go along. BTW – not all kids taste like crayons. In my neighbor hood they mostly taste like gum. And dirt.

      Love and licks,

  26. But Cupcake, did you learn anything at school?

  27. You and mom are just so amazing Cupcake and both of you are gorgeous as well. You are cute for sure and I love your lovely dress too. πŸ˜€

    Looks like everyone had lots of fun and learning like that is the best fun ever. Gorgeous photos! πŸ˜€ β™₯

    • Thanks, S. Whenever a skilled photographer like you likes our photos, it’s extra special. Gorgeous is my new favorite word. Starting today…

      Love and licks,

      • Awww, that is so sweet of you to say Cupcake. I wish I thought the same and coming from wonderful and talented people like you and Mom, I take it as a huge compliment. πŸ˜€

        I am very glad to hear that. hahah. I also love the word gorgeous. It makes me think of you. β™₯

  28. Wow you are one lucky pup, Cupcake! What a fun adventure you had!

  29. Awesome post C! It’s great that you could go to an author visit. πŸ™‚

  30. Cupcake you are living the dream.

  31. Yes. Cute as a buttermilk biscuit.
    OMG that is way cute! I’m glad you got invited. You’ve been waiting for the opportunity to snort some erasers and sample a kid or two. 🐢❀️

    • Thanks, G. I have been waiting for-like-ever. Most things are not worth the wait, but this was! A road trip, yummy kids, more attention than I could hope for, and treats, treats, treats. What more could a girl ask?

      Love and licks,

  32. I wish I could be there in class with you and your mom, Cupcake. I would give you a lot of loves too ❀ Pawkisses for a Happy Sunny Sunday πŸ™‚ ❀

  33. […] Kids – Lots of the kids made Mom thank you notes to say β€œThank you for coming to our school.” and β€œWe loved your […]

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