A new local book

Daisy Finds Her Pack is the perfect back-to-school book for early elementary kids (or even preschoolers) because it 1) features adorable dogs; 2) celebrates the subtle art of making friends and gaining social skills; 3) it’s a project by not one, but two Minnesota Parent sales reps, author Kathie Smith and illustrator Michele Gillman. Bonus: It’s the first book in a children’s series designed by Smith — who spent 20 years as an educator — to help kids, including those on the autism spectrum. Meet the creators during a signing from 1–3 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Calhoun Village Barnes & Noble, Minneapolis.

$18.95 • thedaisyd.com

Daisy Finds Her Pack Cover