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Short Bio:

Tina Shepardson writes children’s books that inspire lifelong reading, including WALKOUT (Clear Fork Publishing, 2020); and CANINES UNLEASHED (Clear Fork Publishing, 2022). She lives in Upstate New York with her family. Find her online at or on Twitter @ShepardsonTina.

Longer Bio:

An award-winning teacher for 33 years, Tina was privileged to share her love of books with many students. She released her first picture book, WALKOUT, with Clear Fork Publishing in 2020. Set to release in 2022, is Tina’s chapter book, CANINES UNLEASHED. Tina is a Co-Assistant Regional Advisor with SCBWI’s West/Central Upstate Region and an active member of 12×12. Now you can find her writing full-time, at all times of the day (even at dawn) with coffee, chocolate, and her fluffy dogs nearby. When Tina, a winter enthusiast, isn’t writing, she enjoys Upstate New York and the Catskills with her husband, daughter, and two Akitas, one snowstorm at a time. Find her online at

Book Descriptions and Information:


Illustrated by Terry Sirrell
Clear Fork Publishing, September 8, 2020
ISBN#: 978-1-910169-27-6

Description: Inspired by a true story, Walkout shows democracy in action as Maddie organizes a safe school’s anti-violence walkout. Other kids throughout the States are walking out. But Maddie’s principal has announced that only older grades can participate. At the same time, Maddie’s best friend Stella is too scared to help. Can Stella find her courage and join Maddie in walking out?

Themes: friendship, social-emotional learning, advocacy, empathy



Description: Hank, an Akita, finds himself in Canines Unleashed, a doggie daycare, when his owner starts kindergarten. He is nervous about this new adventure. How will he surf the kitchen counter for crumbs after lunch? Hank must find a way to face his fears, take responsibility for his actions and accept new challenges he never experienced in his once sheltered world. Follow the real Hank on Instagram @hank_madeleine.

Themes: friendship, social-emotional learning, empathy, sharing, cooperation

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