Jake the Growling Dog Goes to Doggy Daycare: A Children's Book about Trying New Things, Friendship, Finding Comfort, and Kindness

Jake the Growling Dog Goes to Doggy Daycare: A Children's Book about Trying New Things, Friendship, Finding Comfort, and Kindness


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Jake is off to daycare, but he's worried about what's in store.

Going somewhere new can be scary--trying something different, even more.

How will he get ready, and what will help him through?

What will bring him comfort and help prepare him for something new?

Follow Jake, a sweet, kind, and misunderstood dog as he travels away from home for the first time.

Jake loves his comfy bed, close friends, and favorite trail, but now he's off to Doggy Daycare for the first time. He's worried others won't like him and run away, and he doesn't want to leave the place he knows best. His best friend Neet is there to help him, along with a surprise from his family, but will Jake overcome his worries and have fun? And is he the only one nervous about being in a new place? Kindness, comfort, and aid from loved ones fill this tale with love and compassion.

Looking for Books about New Experiences and Managing Stress for Kids?

Jake the Growling Dog is a fun-loving tale about new adventures, friendship, handling stress, and overcoming fear.

Author and licensed educational counselor, Samantha Shannon, brings Jake back for this second tale about a dog who is different from other dogs and critters. After making some new friends at home in his first book when others began to see him as the sweet and kind dog he is despite his growly voice, now Jake's family takes him somewhere new.We've all been nervous at one time or another about a new experience, and Jake's tale not only shows kids that they aren't alone in having those butterflies in their tummy it also gives them gentle ideas on how to handle those worries and fears while having a blast with their favorite growly character and his furry friend.

Includes Conversation Starters and Activities for Children, Families, Schools, and Counselors to help with confidence, stress, and preparing for new experiences.

This story is packed with loads of fun, while also educating our little ones that they can overcome fears and cope with stress in a variety of ways. Along with Jake's story, this picture book also includes talking points about why trying new things is important, what stress is and how it makes us feel, ways to cope with nerves and worries, a child-friendly discussion prompt about mindfulness, and a breathing activity. These activities are perfect for families, schools, and counselors to help children reduce stress and bring families and friends closer together by encouraging healthy coping skills, imagination, and understanding of both the mind and body.

A Positive Story to Promote Self-Confidence and Empathy

Jake's story encourages children to not only try new things for themselves, but to also be kind to others who may be nervous as well. Knowing they aren't alone and that others may need support, encouragement, or a little kindness as well will help create a kinder world, to appreciate differences, and to find connections. These topics are discussed in subtle, sweet, and impactful ways for both young readers and the supportive adults in their lives.

Ages and Grades

While many kids in grades K-5 (ages 6-11) will be able to read this story on their own or with assistance, parents and grandparents will enjoy reading the story to baby, making it the perfect baby shower gift. Older children and pre-teens to adults will also appreciate the illustrations, story, discussion topics, and activities to do as a family or in schools and counseling offices.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781734744712
Publisher: Rawlings Books LLC
Publication date: 03/23/2020
Series: Jake the Growling Dog , #2
Pages: 52
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 3 Months to 12 Years

About the Author

Samantha Shannon is a best-selling author and licensed educational counselor who uses her background in education, love for nature and animals, and experience aiding in the emotional social development of children to create fun and impactful books. Samantha has also published multiple books under her pen name, Parker Sinclair, in the fantasy and YA genres.
Visit: parkersinclair.net & jakethegrowlingdog.com for more information or find all books on Amazon and IngramSpark.

Samantha's love for creatures great and small has led her to incorporate animals in all of the books, from eagles to cheetahs! Throughout her life, Samantha's family has always included a dog, and they've always been more than pets. They were fur-brothers, sisters, and babies.

When Samantha had her first child in 2009, she wanted to write a picture book based on her sister's dog, Jake. While visiting her sister in the Pacific Northwest, Samantha realized that Jake growled all the time. He growled while playing frisbee, getting an ear rub, running, and even when he was sleeping! Despite his unusual choice of noisemaking, Jake is a sweet dog, which makes him the perfect character for a children's picture book.

With Samantha's background in educational counseling, Jake's first story includes a character education & loving-kindness activity for families, schools, & counselors. Jake's story speaks to all of us about accepting, and appreciating, the differences in others--both caring attitudes we need in our diverse and beautiful world.

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