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Harley The Hero

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.

Distinctions: Winner, 2022 Blue Spruce Award

Ideal for:
International Day for the Eradication of Poverty October 17, Global Accessibility Awareness Day May 19, International Day of Persons with Disabilities December 3

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Harley the Hero. Text © 2021 Peggy Collins Illustrations © 2021 Peggy Collins. Reproduced by permission of Pajama Press, Toronto.

Based on the true experience of a young teacher suffering from PTSD whom [Collins] met at her son’s school. This wonderful show of empathy by children for the fragile Amelia provides some valuable insights to young readers. A classroom drama with a lesson in caring.


Lesson Plan

The Lesson Plan for Harley The Hero is available with purchase and sent to an email address provided by the school board. To view a sample Lesson Plan, click on the file below. It is based on “Trampoline Boy”.

Sample Lesson Plan
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Book Creators

Peggy Collins

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Peggy Collins is a momma, artist, creator, writer, and college professor. She creates multimedia work for books, animation and mostly just for fun. She has books translated into Chinese, Inuktitut, french and English and works with publishers all over the world. She loves to share stories, meet new people and explore new places. (and is unbelievably excited about this opportunity!