(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – WorthyKids/Ideals is pleased to announce the September release of Maverick and Me, the first picture book from bestselling author and animal activist Katherine Schwarzenegger. Based upon the life of Schwarzenegger’s own rescue dog, the book tells the story of Maverick, a lovable, abandoned puppy, and Scarlett, the big-hearted girl who gives Maverick a forever home.
While fostering rescue dogs, Schwarzenegger cared for Maverick, a small puppy who had been found under a highway overpass. Schwarzenegger nursed Maverick through a serious illness and decided to adopt the brave puppy who had stolen her heart. Maverick and Me (September 5, 2017; ISBN 9780824956875) stems from Schwarzenegger’s passion for homeless dogs and the animal shelters and rescues that support them.
“It's an honor to work with Katherine, who has such an important message to share with children,” says Peggy Schaefer, Vice President & Associate Publisher, WorthyKids/Ideals. “I’m thrilled that she’s chosen Worthy to partner with her on this project.”
In Maverick and Me, Maverick is rescued by a kind stranger after being found on the side of the road. Young Scarlett meets him at an adoption event and adopts the overlooked dog with the mottled coat. Heartfelt and moving, Maverick and Me shows children the importance of pet rescue and empowers them to advocate for animals in need. Parents and kids alike will cherish Maverick’s story of love, friendship, and second chances.
“Adopting a puppy or dog is an incredible opportunity that kids don’t know much about,” says author Katherine Schwarzenegger, an ASPCA Ambassador. “This book celebrates adoption and introduces the concept to kids so that when they get their first dog, they choose to adopt and not shop.”
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Author/Illustrator: Katherine Schwarzenegger/Phyllis Harris
Format: Jacketed Hardcover
Page Count: 32
Katherine Schwarzenegger is a New York Times bestselling author, lifestyle blogger, philanthropist, and animal activist. Katherine and the real Maverick live in California, where Katherine blogs about their adventures. Together, Maverick and Katherine spread a message of hope, defying all odds, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.
Phyllis Harris is a passionate supporter of pet adoption and has adopted two dogs, Brandy and Cassie, over the years. She has been illustrating children’s books since 2001, including On Christmas Day by Margaret Wise Brown and My Mama & Me by Crystal Bowman & Teri McKinley. She lives in the Kansas City area with her husband.
Worthy Publishing Group (www.worthypublishing.com) is a privately held, independent voice in inspirational publishing, based in Nashville, Tennessee. Worthy has four imprints: Worthy Books publishes a broad spectrum of genres, including current events, pop culture, biography, fiction, spiritual growth, and specialized Bibles; WorthyKids/Ideals creates colorful, interactive children’s books, including VeggieTales and Berenstain Bears, for ages 2 to 8; Ellie Claire produces beautifully crafted journals, gifts and paper expressions; and Worthy Inspired publishes inspirational felt-need, personal growth, and devotional books.