Award-Winning Mom-Son Authors Share Their Love of Dogs, Books and Writing with their Dog Picture Books, Blog and School Visits

School Visits by Lisa and Michael Cohn
Lisa and Michael Cohn

The “Bash and Lucy” journey began with the sudden death of the Cohns’ dog, Lucy. To keep her alive in their hearts, writer Lisa Cohn and her son, Michael, now 8, wrote the dog picture book “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” and launched “Michael’s Dog Blog,” offering kids’ dog book reviews by Michael and friends on their YouTube page. Since then, Lisa and Michael have  received three writing awards and shared their love of dogs, books and writing with the the Today Show, on Sirius XM Radio, in Disney’s Babble, the Oregonian, AM Northwest, and other media– as well as with kids from all over the world. Learn more about their School Visits and Skype in the Classroom Lessons, where they teach kids how they write, publish and publicize their books. During their school visits, they also do “KidLit Chat with Michael“–literary analysis for kids of all ages led by their resident 8-year-old book lover! Email for more information!

 Our Books Made Amazon’s Top Charts in Three Categories! Read More Here!


Memory of Dog“Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,” Mom’s Choice Silver Award Winner, Focuses on Helping Others, in Spite of Jealousy


(Also available from Barnes and Noble and other sellers)

In Lisa and Michael’s new book, “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy,” a Mom’s Choice Silver Award winner, Bash’s soccer team is about to go to the championships, thanks to his dog, Lucy. She helps coach the team by kissing the players and doing tricks for them. But Bash sometimes has a hard time sharing Lucy. He is overcome with jealousy when his dog enchants a soccer team of special-needs kids. Can Bash learn to share his tail-wagging pal with kids who say they need her? “Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy” was funded by a Kickstarter, and the plot was created based on input from the Cohns’ “Skype in the classroom” students. Here you can watch a Skype in the classroom clip where students provide ideas.


Bash and Lucy Fetch ConfidenceLisa and Michael’s first book, “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” received a Mom’s Choice Silver Award and was named Finalist, 2013 USA Best Books Awards.

In this contemporary boy-and-dog tale, talkative Bash has a big problem in soccer: His beloved dog, Lucy, is a pro at nabbing the ball, but sometimes at the wrong moment. Coach wants to ban Lucy from soccer practice and games, separating Bash from a companion who boosts his confidence in sports–and life. In this picture book for kids age 4-8, Bash and friends help Coach understand that with Lucy by their side, they feel more confident, laugh more often, and are comforted when they make mistakes.

Buy “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence,” along with the audiobook–recorded by the authors and three boys, age 6-8–on Fifty percent of the proceeds are donated to the Oregon Humane Society.

Said one Goodreads reader: “My 7-year-old son read this aloud to me. He was laughing and though he screamed “disgusting” when the dog peed, he had the biggest grin on his face which told me the “disgusting” remark was for my benefit. He finished reading it and then proceeded to run off to read it to his dad and 4 sisters. I think it’s pretty safe to say that he LOVED this book and that this is a good read for a child in his age group.”

–Robyn Duong, on Goodreads

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REVIEWS of “Bash and Lucy Fetch Confidence:”

“Bash and Lucy,” an endearing story about a boy and his soccer-loving dog, is a book that kids (and the adults who read it to them) will enjoy. Any kid who plays soccer, any parent who’s watched or coached soccer, and anyone who’s loved a dog will find something to love about this book!

Susan Moshofsky, teacher, parent, and former soccer mom


My daughter loves dogs, so she was drawn immediately to the story…The pictures in the book are wonderfully drawn that help tell the kids too what is going on in the book…This book will appeal especially to kids who love dogs. Even those kids that don’t like dogs, this book is funny and well written that it will draw any child in. I think this book will teach kids important lessons of working together, being a team and just how to treat others. So snuggle up with your child and read this book!

Bash and Lucy Review at

-Sarah Romano,


Such a cute book…awesome illustrations, too. I really like the idea of using the dog to help teach the concept of teamwork, the importance of confidence, and how the dog represented to the boys these ideas. I also enjoyed the flow of the book…It’s a nice story that can teach some great lessons to kids in sports.

Kirk Mango, National Champion, Hall of Famer, & author of “Becoming a True Champion”


Be sure to follow Michael’s Dog Blog to learn fun dog facts for kids and watch kids’ dog book reviews on YouTube.

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