Harley the Hero
An exciting picture book inspired by a real-life classroom service dog with themes of friendship, neurodivergence, and courage
Harley the service dog is on the job! He goes to school every day with Ms. Prichard to make sure she feels safe. Their students are a lot of fun, but Harley can't play with them while he's wearing his work vest. They write him lots of letters instead, and everything is perfect in the best, most quiet class in the whole school. Until the day the old stage curtains catch fire. As the fire alarm blares and chaos erupts, Harley remembers that Ms. Prichard isn't the only human in his class who gets upset by loud noises.
Inspired by a true story, Harley the Hero celebrates the work of service animals and the normalization of neurodivergence. Author-illustrator Peggy Collins brings Harley and his class to charming life and concludes with an Author's Note about the real dog behind the fictional Harley. (From Pajama Press)
Harley the Hero is a finalist for the 2022 Blue Spruce Award, which celebrates picture books for readers in kindergarten to Grade 2.
Peggy Collins is a graphic designer and children's book author-illustrator with more than 35 titles to her name, including Harley the Hero, Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On and In the Snow.