Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a multi-award winning children’s author of eight books : My Life at Sweetbrier–A Life Changed by Horses, Charlie the Horse, Charlene the Star, Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes, Charlene the Star and Bentley Bulldog, A Tractor Named Wilbur and Un Tractor Llamado Wilbur and Tails of Sweetbrier. All of her fictional books are beautifully illustrated by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj who also designed Deanie’s covers. The series of Charlene the Star books is told by the animal characters.
Deanie’s writing has won the coveted Mom’s Choice Awards for My Life at Sweetbrier and A Tractor Named Wilbur. Charlene the Star and Hattie’s Heroes won the Reserve Champion Winnie Award at the Equus Film Festival in Children’s Fiction. In that same contest, My Life at Sweetbrier won the Winnie Award in Equine English Biography. Other accolades include the Feathered Quill Silver Medal, Readers Favorites silver medals, and New Apple Solo (Gold) Medal, among others.
Deanie believes the message that perseverance is the key to accomplishing amazing things and has made it her mission to share this message, one that can benefit every child. Through her inspiring, real life and fictional works, children learn that anything is possible when they refuse to give up on their dreams. Deanie knows from her own life experience that we can attain much more than we ever imagined possible by never quitting.
Deanie’s stories remind readers that tenacity is the key to success. She shares proof that obstacles can be overcome. With the goal of being a positive role model for generations of children, Deanie loves to write entertaining stories that emphasize values that build self-esteem and confidence in young readers. She works tirelessly to create stories that appeal to children in an engaging manner.
Deanie has been featured on several author websites including TheAuthorsShow.com, and blogtalkradio.com with authors JD Holiday and Annette Rochelle Aben.
"A Tractor Named Wilbur is a thoughtful story with beautiful illustrations. The beginning opens with adventures between a farmer and his talking tractor. The two appear to enjoy their time together, and both find enjoyment in taking care of the farm. When Wilbur appears more easily tired after working, the farmer recognizes this and feels that it may be time to let Wilbur rest. The farmer suggests that Wilbur move to a new home. Children will enjoy this story as it takes them on an adventure with a talking tractor! The illustrations and storyline engage children and encourage them to form a friendship with Wilbur. It also quietly touches on the idea of moving and change. There are questions at the end of the book that creates a fun activity for parents, teachers, and children! I recommend this book to parents and educators. A Tractor named Wilbur will make a nice addition to a home and classroom library! Children will love this book!" -School Psychologist
"I love your book because it was a tractor. I like that he was red. I like how he talked. I liked how he plowed the snow. I felt sad he had to leave his old home. At the end I like he was getting happy that he could meet new friends and animals. It will help with kids who need to move from their old home."-Child age 5