PTA Sponsored Author Visit



Spring 2023 - Denise Lawson


Denise Lawson and her sled dogs visited Wolftrap students on Tuesday, April 11, 2023 for a special reading event with one session for grades K-3 and one session for grades 4-6. She  read one of her stories followed by an interactive multimedia presentation that included her own photos and video footage from her dog sledding expeditions in Alaska. She also taught the kids sled dog commands and showed them how to harness a sled dog. For the older kids, she also discussed how to plan an expedition and the challenges encountered on the trail.






Denise Lawson, is an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books. Her works include the Black Bear Sled Dog book series. In April 2021, she was a presenter at the Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Festival. She has a diverse background which includes producing educational media and teaching graduate courses for Carnegie Mellon University. She has a BS in Psychology from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Denise helps to rehome retired sled dogs from remote areas of Alaska. When she is not on dog sled adventures, she lives locally in Springfield, VA.


  • Black Bear Goes to Washington (Hard-Cover or Soft-Cover)
  • Black Bear Goes to San Francisco (Hard-Cover or Soft-Cover)
  • Black Bear Goes to Bangor to Find Beaver (Hard-Cover or Soft-Cover)
  • Black Bear Saves Christmas (Hard-Cover or Soft-Cover)
  • Tails from the Bush (Hard-Cover or Soft-Cover)
  • Run Like a Sled Dog (Hard-Cover or Soft-Cover)
  • Life Lessons from a Sled Dog (Hard-Cover)
  • Meet Monique (Hard-Cover)
Note that this is not a PTA Fundraiser. Per the author, all proceeds from the sled dog book series go towards vet and transportation costs for retired sled dogs.