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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-- Craig Pierce on WorldCat --

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

    A Greyhound's Tale: Running for Glory, Walking for Home , Ideate Prairie, LLC, 2006A Labrador's Tale: An Eye for Heroism , Ideate Prairie, LLC, 2006A Labrador's Tale 2: The Incredible Thank You Gift , Ideate Prairie, LLC , 2006Sit. Stay. Work. Play.: All Dogs Have Their Day , Ideate Prairie, LLC , 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

A greyhound's tale :
ISBN: 0976256428. OCLC Number:

Ideate Prairie,. Mt. Carroll, Ill. :. 2004.

Racing champion Gator embarks on a quest to become a family pet.

A Labrador's tale :
ISBN: 0976256436. OCLC Number:

Ideate Prairie,. Mount Carroll, Ill. :. 2006.

The day begins with a simple walk between Roy Cook and his guide dog, Specs, and ends with an act of true heroism.

A Labrador's tale 2 :
ISBN: 0976256444. OCLC Number:

Ideate Prairie,. Genoa, Ill. :. 2006.

Roy sends his guide dog Specs on a vacation where he meets Clementine, another working dog. Sequel to A Labrador's tale.

Sit, stay, work, play :
ISBN: 0976256452. OCLC Number:

Ideate Prairie,. Genoa, IL :. ©2008.

Get to know more than 30 new friends who sniff, snort and wag their tails from morning dawn to bedtime yawns.


A Greyhound's Tale


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.