Saturday, October 25, 2008

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

Daylight Savings Time ends on November 2 at 2:00 a.m. Remember to change your smoke alarm battery! It is also a good time to practice your home escape drill with your family.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

New Book Review by Alec (age 7) and Zeac (age 4)

Thanks to Alec and Zeac for their review of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog!

Send in your review and we will post it online. For more information on how to submit your review, visit Sparkles' Website.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

New Photo

Just had to share this new photo taken of children with their copies of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog Finalist in Two Categories in National 2008 Best Book Awards

USA Book News announced that Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog by Firehouse Dog Publishing, LLC was a finalist in two categories for the National Best Books 2008 Awards.

The book was a finalist in the Children's Non-Fiction and Children's Picture Book Softcover Non-Fiction categories.

The 5th Annual Natinal Best Book Awards features winners from Simon & Schuster, Tarcher/Penguin, HarperCollins, Hyperion, St. Martin’s Press, McGraw- Hill, John Wiley & Sons & Hundreds of Independent Titles Score Top Honors.

Over 500 winners and finalists were announced in over 140 categories covering print and audio books. Awards were presented for titles published in 2008 and late 2007.

Jeff Keen, President and CEO of, said this year’s contest yielded an unprecedented number of entries, which were then narrowed down to over 500 winners and finalists. is an online publication providing coverage for books from mainstream and independent publishers to the world online community. USABN Magazine Online is the monthly electronic magazine e-mailed free to a large cross-section of the book buying public. JPX Media, in Los Angeles, California, is the parent company of

A complete list of the winners and finalists of the National “Best Books” 2008 Awards are available online at

Author Dayna Hilton on Radio Disney

Friday, October 17, 2008

Johnson County RFD #1 Donates Over 500 Copies of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog to Clarksville Primary School

Students at Clarksville Primary School in Clarksville, Arkansas were each asked to go home and work on their escape map after a fire safety presentation at their school. Each child that made a plan and practiced their escape drill (351 students!), had a special picture made. All children were given a copy of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog compliments of Johnson County RFD #1.

If your child received a copy of Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog and would like to write a review, please see below. Sparkles would love to hear from you!

Kid's Book Reviews

Kids, tell us what you think of Sparkles' book! Write a review for our page, or send us your video link.

Our guidelines are simple! We would love to hear from your children (students). Read their published review online on our webpage.

Please help them send us the following:
First Name
Age and grade level
City and Country
Review of the book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog

Email to:
Please put "Kids Review" in the subject heading.

We can't wait to read all of the reviews that come our way!
Teachers and parents, we would love to have your review too!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Firefighter Sam

As a fire safety educator, it is not often that you hear of the impact that your efforts have made. A couple of weeks ago, I received a note from Todd, father of four year old Sam.

"Firefighter Sam" loves all things firefighting and he is a huge fan of PBS KIDS Sprout's Fireman Sam. At the end of each Fireman Sam segment, PBS KIDS Sprout airs fire safety tips with Sparkles, Spanner and myself on Sprout on Demand. It turns out that Firefighter Sam's dad found us on the web one day and we have been corresponding ever since.

Sam and his family are helping us with an exciting project that we can't wait to reveal very soon. They are excited about assisting us promote fire safety, and for that, we are very grateful!

In return for our gratitude, Sparkles, Spanner and I sent Sam a token of our appreciation. You can see more pictures on Sam's blog. I have got to tell you that Sam has one incredible blog!

Thank you to you, Sam, and your family for helping keep everyone fire safe!