Barbara LowellBarbara Lowell is an award-winning author of picture book biographies and creative nonfiction. She is a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and Oklahoma SCBI. She was an Oklahoma Book Award finalist, SCBWI's Barabara Karlin Grant runner-up and won the Katherine Patterson Prize at Hunger Mountain for a picture book manuscript.  Visit her at

About Sparky & Spike

Sparky & SpikeThis charming book is a story about a boy nicknamed Sparky and his beloved dog, Spike. Spike is the most amazing dog ever. He inspires Sparky to draw. Someday, Sparky will be an artist. Based on the childhood of Charles Schulz, creator of the world-renowned Peanuts comic, and the dog who inspired the most beloved dog of all—Snoopy—this book will resonate with children everywhere. Sparky & Spikeincludes a biographical note, as well as archival photographs of Sparky and Spike and a letter Charles Schulz wrote to the book’s illustrator, Dan Andreasen, when Andreasen was a boy.

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