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MEET ROBERT McCARTY

When his kids were young, Robert would create stories to share with his kids. He had hoped that they would encourage his kids to get excited about stories and reading. Now, he is sparking that interest in children everywhere. Those original bedtime stories morphed into the Planet of the Dog, an illustrated chapter book fantasy.

Although he didn't originally envision the book becoming a series, as he began to explore the characters and events, he saw a need to add some history and context to the characters and events of the first book. In 2007, Castle in the Mist arrived; and in 2008, Robert published Snow Valley Heroes, the third title in the series.

Barking Planet Productions, his publishing company, works with librarians and teachers to promote reading therapy dogs as a way to help struggling readers develop their skills. You can learn more more about these efforts and see examples of kids reading with dogs on the Barking Planet blog.

Robert is a producer/writer/director of films and videos on subjects ranging from teenage lifestyles to race relations. His short film Rooftops of New York was nominated for an Academy Award. He is a former adjunct instructor at Teacher's College, Columbia University and at the School Of Visual Arts, New York City.

Robert and his wife Stella Mustanoja-McCarty live in Marblehead, Massachusetts and Helsinki, Finland.

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