Shellie Braeuner

Shellie Braeuner is the winner of the Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories contest.  She works as a nanny in Nashville, TN.  The Great Dog Wash is her first book.

Books by this Author

It’s a great day for a dog wash, and dogs of all shapes and sizes are invited. But watch out when somebody brings a cat! Shellie Braeuner’s playful, rhyming text and Robert Neubecker’s bold illustrations will make this one dog wash that kids and parents will want to visit again and again.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Semper Gumby (Always Flexible) It's our family motto.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. If I could be anything, I would want to be either a fairy or an angel; a creature of magic and power with wings.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. I would love to be a costume designer. Not normal costumes, but the really big fantasy pieces.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. I'm not sure I would recognize perfect happiness. Perfection makes me a little nervous, because I know it can't last. So I would probably be much happier with "Imperfect Happiness." Something along the lines of a string of beach houses with all my friends and family hanging out, playing games and eating chocolate chip cookies, but with the occasional mosquito.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would love to meet Hatshepsut. She was one of the first women Pharaohs of ancient Egypt. She ruled for years, but the generations that came after her tried to erase her from history. They failed because her most trusted friends hid the story of her life in her tomb.

I would ask her how it felt to know, or at least suspect, that however hard she worked, others would try to destroy her legacy. I would want to talk to her about balancing duty to those who count on you, with personal hopes and dreams. I would also like to know how the ancients really did build all those pyramids?

Author Voices

September 29, 2010

Nashville has been ravaged by flood. The rallying cry has been three simple words.

We are Nashville.

Five months after the flood, more than half of the homes affected are filled with families again. Because we are Nashville, we help each other out.

Kingston Springs Elementary School was closed in May after it was flooded with more than six feet of water. After three months of hard work and donations of individuals and companies like Simon and Schuster, the school opened on time, welcoming children with a clean safe building and new books.

We are Nashville.

Lighthouse Christian School saw one of its buildings float... see more

November 01, 2009

Let me just start by saying, I am not a blogger.  I just live with the very realistic belief that no one is particularly interested in my life.

But, having said that, in the spirit of Halloween, I will share my one and only Ghost Hunt.

I went to college in the middle of nowhere in Tennessee.  And when I say the middle, I mean Murfreesboro is the exact geographic center of nowhere.  We had the obelisk to prove it!  (We also had some weird cult from California who said that it was the geographic center of the Universe, but that's another story.)

Anyway, one Halloween night a group of about six of us dressed up... see more

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