Papa & Paws® is the most ambitious creative project that I’ve done to date. I have had the notion to write an illustrated children’s book based on our Gracie, who passed away in 2015. Then one day in 2018, I made a simple doodle while I was on the phone at work and it reminded me a lot of our, dog, Molly Paws. I scanned the sketch when I got home and put it in my keep folder for future reference and didn’t think much more about it.
Maybe it was because we had our new Yorkie puppy in 2019, but whatever the reason, the need to make illustrated children’s books based on our real life dogs became an unstoppable force. And, after learning all about crafting and publishing a children’s book, my first book, The Everyday Adventures of Papa & Paws®: Molly Waits Her Turn was released on June 8, 2020 and is now the first in the series. I still have many books’ worth of ideas rattling around in my head, so there is definitely much more to come!
Children’s picture book about a sweet little doggie named Molly Paws and her family.
- Created by a dog dad, every story is based on a real-life event.
- Toddlers and preschoolers ages 0-5(ish) will enjoy the cute illustrations of the dogs.
- Moms, dads, and grandparents will love reading the heartwarming stories.
Molly Paws is a sweet little doggie that has adventures with her Papa, Mama, and sisters. Today, Molly learns about waiting her turn. It’s not easy for her to be patient for her favorite after dinner treat. Will Molly get in trouble for being impatient? Will Papa make things right and reward Molly for waiting her turn?
Today Molly Paws learns about being a good big sister. Molly discovers that Mama and Papa have brought home twin sisters. In no time at all, these puppies take over the whole house, leaving Molly frustrated. Can Molly learn to share the house and her stuff with her new little sisters?
Today, Molly and her sisters ask Mama to tell them the inspiring story of the bravest Yorkie, Gracie. Life was tough for little Gracie. She started out in a not-so-nice place before finding a home with the Paws family. No matter the obstacle, Gracie never stopped being a happy doggie who loved everyone she met.
Today, Molly and her sisters discover holes all over their yard. They dig up the truth about who caused the mess while coming over to play. Papa sees the damage to the yard and is not happy. He surprises everyone with his idea. Can they all work together to help fix the problem?
Today, Molly and her sisters discover holes all over their yard. They dig up the truth about who caused the mess while coming over to play. Today, Molly and her sisters are having so much fun exploring the smells in the yard. Not everyone is ready for the tub when Mama finds out how dirty they are. Molly and Zozo hide while Momo and Miss Mia settle in with suds and squeaky toys. Can bath time be just as fun as playing in the yard?
Today, Molly and her sisters brush their teeth and put on their pajamas to get ready for bed. But Papa’s job doesn’t end after tucking the family in for the night. Missing toys, drinks of water, and more keep the doggies awake. Will they finally settle in? Will Papa ever get some sleep?
the making of a children’s book series
If you like behind-the-scenes or making of type stuff, you can read more about my journey from idea to publication of The Everyday Adventures of Papa & Paws® by clicking the button below. It’s been a fantastic learning and creative experience so far, and I look forward to the adventures ahead!