Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Craig Pierce  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Children;


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Illinois Connection

Pierce attended school in Mt. Carroll, IL and currently lives in Genoa, IL.

Biographical and Professional Information

Pierce has written four books in the American Dog series -- tales of working and rescued dogs for children 5-10 years old. Along with his gentle rescued racer (Honey), Craig travels to schools, libraries, bookstores and other gatherings to conduct programs for young learners and families.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

A Greyhound's Tale: Running for Glory, Walking for Home
ISBN: 0976256428

Ideate Prairie, LLC. 2006

Gator's greyhound friends are leaving the track for a life of big yards and endless treats. He wonders, Why can't a champ be such a lucky pup? What follows is his secret quest to become a family pet. No more cramped kennel. No more racing muzzle. Gator soon discovers a new world filled with things strange, scary and ultimately rewarding.

A Labrador's Tale: An Eye for Heroism
ISBN: 0976256436

Ideate Prairie, LLC. 2006

The day begins with a simple walk between Roy Cook and his guide dog Specs. By day end, Specs has experienced the eerie chill of a cemetery, the unusual spectacle of his first ballgame, and redefined his unbreakable bond with Roy Cook through an act of true heroism. This is the second book in the American Dog series.

A Labrador's Tale 2: The Incredible Thank You Gift
ISBN: 0976256444

Ideate Prairie, LLC. 2006

An act of bravery has turned Specs the guide dog into a city hero. The mayor, police and even strangers have showered Specs with gifts, treats and awards. Now it'ss Roy Cook'ss turn to thank his dog for being, 'More than just my eyes.' Roy plans a great vacation a dog would really love. But there'ss just one catch...

Sit. Stay. Work. Play.: All Dogs Have Their Day
ISBN: 0976256452

Ideate Prairie, LLC. 2008

Joy. Unleashed. Those two words aptly describe the newest American Dog book. Sit. Stay. Work. Play. All Dogs Have Their Day introduces children (ages 3+) to 30 dogs who sniff, snort and wag their tails through a full day of jobs and joys -- from the serious to the silly. A celebration of dogs distilled into one smile-inducing romp!


''A Greyhound's Tale'' and ''A Labrador's Tale'' were selected as "Top 10 Pet Books for Kids" in a nationally syndicated Tribune Media Services column. ''A Labrador's Tale 2'' was named a 2007 Best Children's Book Finalist by the Dog Writers Association of America.

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes)

The family program is ''Shake Paws with a Writer and the World’s Fastest Dog''. The audience will

  • Discover incredible insights about greyhounds -- what separates them as the world’s fastest, oldest and perhaps laziest breed;
  • Learn how the writer and illustrator collaborate to create the American Dog books;
  • Meet a friendly, gentle retired racing dog;
  • Hear an engaging reading of "A Greyhound’s Tale Running for Glory, Walking for Home" and;
  • Join an interactive Q&A session. On the surface, the program is about dogs and children's books. But it's underpinned with subtle messages about character, respect, responsibility, perseverance and the value of genuine role models.