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About The Author

Cate Waters is 14 years old and lives in Haslett, Michigan. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends as well as participating in softball and cheerleading. Cate has always enjoyed reading and writing. She hopes that her stories can be a way to get children interested in and excited about reading and writing as well. What began as a personal narrative in a 6th grade language arts class has blossomed into so much more. Dobson and The Birthday Surprise is the result of that assignment. Cate plans to write many more books about her many adventures with Dobson! 

About The Illustrator

Dawn McVay Baumer is a long time illustrator from Eaton Rapids, Michigan. She is also an author and travels teaching children and adult art classes. She is a mother of two boys and spends free time with her family. 

Thank You!

In the Spring of 2017 several classes shared their illustration ideas for this book. Thank you to all the students who shared their creativity and ideas!


From Murphy Elementary:


Ms. Hamilton’s 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Harden’s 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Williams’ 3rd Grade Class

Mrs. Moore’s 4th Grade Class

Mr. Hatch’s 5th Grade Class


From Ralya Elementary:


Mrs. Richardson’s 2nd Grade Class

Mrs. Amor’s 3rd Grade Class

Mrs. Cooper’s 4th Grade Class

Mrs. Trufant’s 4th Grade Class


Thank you Mr. Baldwin for guiding me through this journey. Your ideas, support and endless

 encouragement truly helped bring this book to publication and beyond!


Mrs. Cieszkowski, it was your assignment of a personal narrative in 6th grade that started this children’s book journey. Thank you for EVERYTHING you have done to make a dream of publishing a book come true for me. A special thank you to Chrissy and Grace for listening to this book numerous times and sharing your thoughts on making 

this book even more enjoyable for all of the kids who will read it.


My 8th Birthday Party is a memory that I will hold forever. Haven….my party would not have been the same without you. Thank you to all of my friends who attended….you know who you are!

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