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A Dog is a Dog is on Mackin’s A Dozen (or so) Great Picture Books, 2011!


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I’ve been featured on The Local Pigeon. Thanks Storify!


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A Dog is a Dog made it on Betsy Bird’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2011!


Betsy Bird’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2011!

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Top Ten Picture Book Read‐Alouds of 2011 – New York Public Library – BiblioCommons


A Dog is a Dog made it on the New York Public Library Top Ten Picture Book Read‐Alouds of 2011!

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My Favorite Picture Books (In no particular order)


Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

There’s a Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Mike Smollin

Freight Train by Donald Crews

School Bus by Donald Crews

One Monster After Another, by Mercer Mayer

Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

New Socks by Bob Shea

A Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats

Bootsie Barker Bites by Barbara Bottner, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

George and Martha by James Marshall

True Story of the Three Pigs Jon Scieszka

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Punk Farm by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Heron and Turtle by Valeri Gorbachev

Norma No Friends by Paula Metcalf

Thank You Bear by Greg Foley

For Just One Day by Laura Leuck, illustrated by Marc Boutavant

The End by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Richard Egielski

What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scary

Which Would You Rather Be by William Steig, illustrated by Harry Bliss

Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

Corduroy by Don Friedman

Raising Dragons by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Elise Primavera

I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Mary Blair

The Up and Down Book by Mary Blair

Stars by Mary Lyn Ray, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes

Sheila the Brave by Kevin Henkes

No, David! by David Shannon

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

The Very Hunger Caterpillar By Eric Carle

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson

Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin

Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer

The Bravest Knight by Mercer Mayer

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood

That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell, illustrated by Neal Layton

I’m Not Cute! by Jonathan Allen

One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root, illustrated by Jane Chapman

Guess Again! By Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes

The Sneetches by Dr Seus

George and Martha by James Marshall

This is by no means a complete list, but it is a good start. If you are thinking about giving a picture book as a gift, and you don’t have one of these, they all make great gifts. Especially paired with my book!

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The Book Shelf Reading and Sing‐a‐long!


The Book Shelf Reading and Sing‐a‐long!
The Book Shelf
162 W. 2nd Street, Winona, MN 55987
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

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Stephen Shaskan will be reading his debut picture book A Dog is a Dog at 6:30 pm followed by questions and a Sing‐a‐long.

Please join us for a festive evening at your local, independent book store.

There will be wine and appetizers (free while they last) and a dinner entrée offering from The Blue Heron.

Free gift wrapping will be available.

Help with those difficult‐to‐buy for people on your list will be offered to you by any one of our excellent staff members — think of us as your own private elves!

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Seward Child Care Center Presents: Stephen Shaskan


Seward Child Care Center Presents: Stephen Shaskan
Seward Child Care Center (Facebook link)
2323 32nd Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55406
Saturday, December 3, 2011
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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As part of the Seward Arts Festival, Seward Child Care Center will be hosting children’s book author and longtime SCCC sub Stephen Shaskan, who will be singing songs and reading his new book, A Dog Is a Dog, published by Chronicle Books.

The readings will be at 1PM, 2PM, and 3PM, with music, book signing, general frivolity, and snack noshing taking place in between!

For more information on the Seward Arts Festival, visit www​.sewardarts​.org.

Hope you can stop by and join us, and feel free to spread the word about this fun event. Hope you can make it!


*The flyer is a downloadable pdf suitable for coloring and hanging on your fridge 😉

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Little Choo!


I spent a couple of hours at Choo Choo Bob’s on sunday 11.13.11 and came up with the sketch for this piece.

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It’s A Squid! Coloring Sheet


Backstroke! Another coloring sheet from A Dog is a Dog.

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The Moose is On the Loose Coloring Sheet!


Moose on the loose! Another coloring sheet from A Dog is a Dog.

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