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Bowie Elementary gets visit from award-winning author


Author Susan Stevens Crummel giving her power point presentation to students. The dog is a canine friend who became a character in one of her books.


The students at Bowie Elementary School got a treat last week when award-winning children’s book author Susan Stevens Crummel visited the school with a host of puppets, props and skits.

Crummel entertained the students with performances of her books and focused her talk to the students on the importance of reading, writing and storytelling. She gave a Power Point presentation on the mechanics of writing her books and talked about  her characters and the art for her books.

The illustrations for Crummel’s books are created by her sister and collaborator, Janet Stevens or by friend Dorothy Dohohue.

The sister duo has received a number of children’s book awards. Their work The Great Fuzz Frenzy won a total of ten state book awards. Their most recent honors are the 2010 Texas Bluebonnet Award and the 2010 Florida Children’s Book Award for Help Me, Mr. Mutt.

Help Me, Mr. Mutt is Crummel’s  amusing look at a dog writing an advice column for other dogs punctuated by Stevens’ illustrations.


Crummel’s Power Point presentation showing a picture of Crummel and her sister in amusing hats.


Crummel explaining the illustration style of friend Dorothy Donohue.


Crummel speaking to Bowie kindergarten students.

110110BowiedisplayA bulletin board at Bowie Elementary displays a tribute to one of Crummel’s books.

110210mrmuttCrummel and Stevens’ latest award-winning book is advice for dogs with “people problems.”