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The Spenser books chronicle the adventures of me! I am Spenser, a very small, almost human, dog and I travel with my mother to the great cities of America. I listen carefully as Mom teaches me about the history, geography, and culture of each area. In addition to learning about the city we are visiting, Mom and I try to find a way to give back. Our special passion is childhood hunger, and so we look for someone who is feeding hungry children and offer to help out. In each story, too, Mom teaches me a green lesson. Green lessons help me learn to take care of this planet that we call home.

My books are interactive. In each section, there are tidbits which include teaching moments or additional information about something we have talked about in the story. These are designed for parents and teachers to explain as they read my stories to their children. Also, in each section, readers can earn a point. Points are earned by answering questions, figuring out math problems, looking at a map, or other similar activities. Each book has 8-12 points. A scorecard and point list can be printed from this website under the Friends tab. When a reader has collected all of the points possible in a book, he or she can be on my Honor Roll. It is also found on the Friends tab. A beautiful Honor Roll certificate can be printed with the reader's name.

The Little Friend books are companion books to the Spenser's Travels books. These smaller, less expensive books are designed for toddlers and encourages them to "grow" into the "big" Spenser books.

To support each book, materials on the Parents and Teachers tabs offer creative and fun ideas. A virtual tour of Portland (visit all of our favorite places without leaving home) and lesson plans for grades pre-kindergarten through second grade are available free of charge. Purchase My Books

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Spenser Goes to Portland Photo

Spenser Goes to Portland

Portland, Oregon, is one of our favorite cities. We love Mount Hood, the tall mountain that stands guard over the city. The Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, and views of other mountains are especially fun. We also visited the International Rose Test Garden. Oregon Food Bank collects and distributes food all over the state of Oregon and up into Washington. Mom and I visited there to help out. My green lesson in this story is about littering. Why would anyone throw trash on the ground in this beautiful country? Mom said it is a big problem and so I am asking all of my friends to help me work on this.


Spenser Goes to St. Louis Photo

Spenser Goes to St. Louis

St. Louis is one of my favorite cities and it is the first city I ever visited, when I was just a baby. During this trip I learned about some fun animals: bald eagles, butterflies, and Clydesdale horses. I visited the Gateway Arch (although I couldn't go to the top) and the new Cardinals baseball stadium. I loved getting concrete at Ted Drewes and Mom told me all about the Mighty Mississippi River. Mom and I visited Forest Park and tried to remember it as it would have been during the 1904 World's Fair. We went by a Fire Station to talk to them about the Scouting for Food Drive that we want to help with - we always try to find a way to help hungry children when we are traveling. My green lesson was about saving electricity. I can help do that by turning of lights. I hope other children will do that, too.


Spenser's Savannah Photo

Spenser's Savannah

This book is about my hometown, Savannah, Georgia. Mom and I thought you would like to learn about the place where we live. We explore Savannah's history as a Blue Ribbon City. As Georgia's first city and one of the original 13 colonies, Savannah has a rich history. Mom and I visited the Atlantic Ocean and talked about the animals that can be found at Savannah's beaches and rivers. We share with you the story of the mighty military which is all around Savannah. And we invite you to share in the celebration of St. Patrick's Day - Savannah style. Among my favorite places in Savannah are the Kid's Cafes, safe places for children to go after school to study, play, and have a good supper. My green lesson in this book is about using the new grocery bags that you don't throw away. I am going to help Mom remember to take them to the grocery store each time she goes.


Spenser Goes to El Paso Photo

Spenser Goes to El Paso

Spenser loved visiting El Paso, the capital of Mexican food. He and Mom explored the mountains and the desert. They went down the mission trail and even over into New Mexico to the White Sands National Monument. Mom took Spenser over to Mexico where he got a sombrero and had some of his favorite cheese. El Paso was great fun and after playing for several days, Spenser and Mom went with the West Texas Food Bank to deliver food to some families who were hungry.


Spenser Goes to El Paso (Spanish language edition) Photo

Spenser Goes to El Paso (Spanish language edition)

El Paso is very Spanish and at one time was actually part of Mexico. A lot of people speak Spanish and Spanish traditions are important. It seemed important to us to have the El Paso book our first book to be translated into another language. Because there are many different variations of Spanish, we actually had it translated by three different sources so it would be acceptable to Spanish speaking people in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Latin America. If you speak Spanish or are learning to speak Spanish, Spenser would love to share this book with you.


Spenser Loves Portland Photo

Spenser Loves Portland

The Spenser Little Friends books are designed for toddlers who are not old enough yet for the "big" Spenser books. This Portland book covers all of the highlights of the big Portland book but it concepts that are more easily understood. Spelling words (with flashcards on the website) are listed at the end of the book to help the beginning reader.


Spenser Loves St. Louis Photo

Spenser Loves St. Louis

The Spenser Little Friends books are designed for toddlers who are not old enough yet for the "big" Spenser books. This St. Louis book covers all of the highlights of the big St. Louis book but it concepts that are more easily understood. Spelling words (with flashcards on the website) are listed at the end of the book to help the beginning reader.


Spenser Loves Savannah Photo

Spenser Loves Savannah

The Spenser Little Friends books are designed for toddlers who are not old enough yet for the "big" Spenser books. This Savannah book covers all of the highlights of the big Savannah book but it concepts that are more easily understood. Spelling words (with flashcards on the website) are listed at the end of the book to help the beginning reader.


Spenser Loves El Paso Photo

Spenser Loves El Paso

The Spenser Little Friends books are designed for toddlers who are not old enough yet for the "big" Spenser books. This El Paso book covers all of the highlights of the big El Paso book but it concepts that are more easily understood. Spelling words (with flashcards on the website) are listed at the end of the book to help the beginning reader.


Spenser's America Photo

Spenser's America

Spenser loves this country and as he travels from city to city, he gathers interesting pieces of information to share with his friends. In this new book, he is sharing these tidbits and offering a fascinating look at the United States of America from a child's (or dog's) perspective.


Spenser Loves America Photo

Spenser Loves America

In this most recent book of the Little Friends series, Spenser introduces his youngest friends to the wonders of our country. Flashcards are available to support the common words introduced in the story.


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