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Join author Stephanie Shaw and illustrator (& Flying Pig bookseller) Liza Woodruff for a reading, drawing demo, and Q&A of their new picture book!

Thursday, October 15, 2020    1:30 PM EDT (Online Event)


Together with local pet rescue volunteers, author Stephanie Shaw, and illustrator Liza Woodruff will share their new picture book, Tails from the Animal Shelter .

Stephanie and Liza will read excerpts from their book, conduct a short drawing demo, share resources on local pet adoption, AND introduce you to some furry friends! 

All attendees will be entered into our raffle for a custom pet portrait by Liza and pet poem by Stephanie.

This online event is ticketed. Your ticket includes an autographed, personalized copy of Tails from the Animal Shelter* and admittance to the Zoom event for your household or classroom (link and more details will be sent after you purchase your ticket). A portion of the proceeds will benefit the local animal shelter.

About the Book

Ten fictional animals (including puppies, senior dogs, cats, a bird, pot bellied pig and more) introduce themselves in catchy rhyme! The book is beautifully illustrated by Liza Woodruff. It includes the history of animal protection as well as many ways children and families can be involved in supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations. Sold in traditional bookstores or as a great fundraiser through non-profit animal organizations!


“This primer on the importance of rescuing animals begins by listing some of the reasons animals end up in shelters, including natural disasters, medical issues, and abuse. While these are sad facts, the book’s tone is positive. The text describes the many wonderful ways animal shelters connect pets with caring families. Shaw tackles a variety of pet species, from the conventional dogs and cats to the more unusual skunks and pigs...VERDICT A “paw-some” introduction to pet adoption.”–Alyssa Annico, School Library Journal

“Children and families contemplating a pet, as well as those who enjoy learning about different kinds of pets and their care, are the audience for this lively look at shelter animals...The main body then offers spreads describing owning a particular kind of pet on one page and the rhyming “backstory” of a fictional animal of that kind opposite...Children will appreciate the advice on lobbying for a pet; they will also find websites for their families to find out more (out of eight websites, two are from the same organization, PETA). An enjoyable work that will be handy in libraries that serve young families.”— Henrietta Verma, Booklist


Tails from the Animal Shelter Cover Image
By Stephanie Shaw, Liza Woodruff (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534110489
Availability: Often on our shelves, but if we're temporarily out, we can get back in!
Published: Sleeping Bear Press - August 15th, 2020

2020 EUREKA Excellence in Nonfiction Awards - Honoree

Did you know that more than six million pets arrive annually at community animal shelters in the United States? Of that number over three million are dogs. But of course it's not just dogs and puppies that need homes. Shelters take in cats, kittens, birds, reptiles, and even domestic farm animals.

How to Use Your Gift Cards Online

Hello! If you have a Flying Pig gift card (the cute plastic one with the pig and clouds), here's how to use it online:

Select the books you'd like to order. During the checkout process, you'll see a menu of options. Click on the little black arrow next to Store Gift Card pane:

Once you've expanded that menu item, you'll see a box to check Yes:

Once you click the checkbox Yes, you'll be asked to enter your gift card number. That's the number under the barcode on the back of your gift card. It might be a short or long number:

Enter it into the box below the words Enter Your Gift Card Number:

That's it! You will have to add a credit card as a backup in case your gift card doesn't cover the full amount of your purchase. **Because the website doesn't 'know' what amount is on your store gift card — the website and store system are separate entities — you will not see your gift card applied until your order leaves its Pending status and is Processing or Completed.**

If you received an Online Gift Code (NOT a physical card, but a string of numbers and letters emailed to you), please refer to your emailed gift to redeem those! They are applied instantly when you visit the website via the gift code email.

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