Children’s author visits MSD elementary schools

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Children’s author Tom Watson visited Mispillion and Ross Elementary Schools recently

Tom Watson, author of “Stick Dog” and “Stick Cat,” recently visited Mispilliion and Lulu Ross Elementary schools. The author talked to students and drew with them during his visit. In addition, he had lunch with 15 students who participated in “I Love to Read” month.

“We were so excited to have Mr. Watson in our schools,” Trish Gerken, Public Information Officer for Milford School District said. “He signed almost 500 books with a personalized illustration. He also taught students how to draw his characters. It was a wonderful experience for the students at both schools.”

Watson lives in Chicago with his wife and two children, a daughter and a son. The family does have a dog whose name is Shadow. His first job after leaving college was in politics. He worked for United States Senator John Glenn and as the Chief Speechwriter for the Governor of Ohio. He has also held jobs in marketing and advertising but found that he enjoys writing children’s books much more than he enjoys writing speeches.

Several years ago, when his children were younger, Watson wrote and illustrated several rhyming picture books for them, and his wife suggested he share the stories with other children for free. The books are still available at Apple iBooks at no cost as well as at other electronic book outlets as well as on his website where they can be downloaded in PDF format and printed.

All the original sketches for the Stick Dog and Stick Cat stories are created by Watson and then completed by Ethan Long. Students loved hearing about how Watson creates his stories.

“Zeke couldn’t’ stop talking about lunch with Tom,” Theresa Mast commented on the district’s social media. “He really enjoyed the entire presentation.”

Stephany Vecchiolli commented that she was so happy the Ross Cats had so much fun with the author’s visit and that his books were flying off the library shelves. Leslie Passwaters commented that her daughter was very excited to get her book signed.

“My daughter loved the presentation and being chosen to eat lunch with him,” Jamie Blansfield commented. “The personalized inscription in her book was very nice!”

Suzanne Ketchum commented that his visit to Mispillion Elementary was “fabulous!”


Stick Dog and Stick Cat PDFs can be downloaded by visiting

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