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Award-Winning Publisher Donates Iditarod Mystery Books to Dog Scout Group


Bar Harbor, ME – This week Downeast Dog Scouts Troop #159 received a much-needed donation of children’s books from an independent, Atlanta-based publisher, Gallopade. The publishing company, which produces children’s literature and educational materials, responded enthusiastically when contacted earlier this year about the Troop’s “Children Reading to Dogs Program.” The Children Reading to Dogs Program allows children to read to an attentive and supportive audience (therapy dogs) to help them practice reading aloud and become more confident readers.

Of the thousands of titles Gallopade publishes, what book did the dog scout troop have in mind for the program? The dog-gone good read The Mystery on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail, a best-selling title in the Real Kids! Real Places! National Mystery Book Series by renowned author Carole Marsh. A fitting story for their therapy dog friends, the educational and exciting mystery story takes readers along the Iditarod Trail, a 17-day dog sled race held every year in Alaska. 
With a 30-year career under her belt of writing for children, author Carole Marsh saw to it personally that the plea for books was answered. “What a great idea!” says Marsh of the Children Reading to Dogs Program. “A program that gives kids motivation, confidence and the chance to practice reading in a safe environment can be vital, and the dogs sound just lovely.” The author then adds, with a chuckle, “and I hope the dogs enjoy the book as much has the kids do!”

In the award-winning Real Kids! Real Places!series, the characters travel to fascinating places around the country, learning and solving an exciting, kid-friendly mystery along the way. Marsh, her husband Bob, and her grandchildren Christina and Grant serve as characters in these adventures, earning them all a place in the hearts of young readers.

Since Marsh founded Gallopade in 1979, the publisher’s products have been honored with numerous awards from the educational, parenting, and publishing communities.  Specializing in social studies and cross-curricular materials, Gallopade has an industry reputation for cutting edge, need-based educational products.

For more information on Carole Marsh and Gallopade, visit www.gallopade.com, or call 800-536-2438.

Click here to read a review of The Mystery on Alaska’s Iditarod Trail

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