Meet Chicago Children’s Author Tom Watson

I love books that make kids think, “I can do that, too!” And no one works harder to turn their readers into writers than Chicago author Tom Watson.

Watson tells stories about Stick Dog and Stick Cat, two clever animals who get in lots of trouble but always get themselves out. The drawings in the books are silly and simple because Watson just isn’t that great an artist! He invites everyone to try and do a better job, and you can start with this video about learning how to draw Stick Dog.

Meet Stick Dog and his friends, Mutt, Stripes, Karen and Poo-Poo. They're all dangerously hungry, and work together to steal some tasty hamburgers from a family grilling at the park!

Stick Dog is available in multiple formats.

In Stick Dog Wants A Hot Dog, Stick Dog and his pals catch a whiff of delicious hot dogs and will stop at nothing to get some!

Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog is available in multiple formats.

The puppies are sweating through a hot summer day in Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream, when they spot an ice cream truck! What will they do?

Stick Dog Dreams of Ice Cream is available in multiple formats.

Follow Stick Dog and his friends on even more adventures in Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts, Stick Dog Chases A Pizza and Stick Dog Slurps Spaghetti.


Stick Dog Tries to Take the Donuts, Stick Dog Chases A Pizza and Stick Dog Slurps Spaghetti are all available in multiple formats.

And, we can’t forget Stick Cat! In his very first adventure, A Tail of Two Kitties, Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith, race to the rescue when the human next door gets his arms stuck in a piano!

Are you a writer, or are raising a young writer? What inspires you?

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