Hank in the News

Hank gets mentioned in the Washington Post!

Hi Hank Readers!  You'll get a kick out of this one...Where do you think Hank showed up this week? The Washington Post! Check out the fun shout-out he gets at the end of this article: "Stop what you're doing and look at this cowdog". "Other notable cowdogs in American history...

Essay by John R. Erickson in American Cowboy: "Elmer Kelton"

  Hi Hank Readers,  We hope you enjoy this essay by John Erickson! In the article, published in American Cowboy magazine's August issue, the author of Hank the Cowdog reflects on Texan literary legend, Elmer Kelton.    From the article:  "...With hopes of my own literary accolades, I left the...

Hank Gets a Mention in Politico

Hi All,  Here's a fun shout-out: HAPPY THURSDAY, AUG. 21. School doesn’t start out here ‘til after Labor Day, so we’re taking a road trip to Quebec and Montreal next week. I’d love recommendations for audio books that will engage the whole family. (Our favorite: The “Hank the Cowdog” series [http://bit.ly/1oREGLB],...

"Love and Land" - Article by John Erickson in American Cowboy magazine

To read the article in its entirety, please visit American Cowboy's website: http://www.americancowboy.com/culture/love-and-land "Inspired by John Wayne's words of wisdom, John Erickson—perhaps best known as the author of the Hank the Cowdog series—writes what it means to be a man of the West." “The West—the very words go straight to that...

Girl Scout reads Hank the Cowdog to local elementary school students

View full article here:http://www.valleymorningstar.com/news/slice_of_life/article_e0dd5104-bbaa-11e3-858f-001a4bcf6878.html Quoted from the article:    "Seated quietly in her Girl Scouts uniform, Valerie Martinez explained her passion for reading and how she used that passion to start a program at Long Elementary School to inspire students to get lost in a book. As part of her...

Hank the Cowdog Author Visits ACU Campus

From the article:    "John R. Erickson, author of the well known Hank the Cowdog children’s book series, will speak at the Friends of ACU Library Spring Event on 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hunter Welcome Center.     Erickson, an award-winning author, has published 75 books and more than...

The Cattleman Magazine (in which Hank made his debut) Turns 100 This Year!

Hey Hank Fans!  Many of you probably know that Hank made his literary debut into the pages of The Cattleman magazine in the 1980s, but you might not know what an honor it was! At that time, the magazine didn't publish any fiction at that time but made an exception...

Hank the Cowdog 2nd book on list of "Family Favorites" at the George W. Bush Library

To see the rest of the list, copy and paste this link into your browser: http://www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu/Teachers/The-First-Lady-and-Education/Laura-W-Bush-Favorites.aspx   Copied from website:    These lists represent Mrs. Laura Bush’s family favorites, but there are many more fantastic books available to young readers and families. For additional suggestions or for help finding copies...

Hank #62 on List of Recommendations for Books to Buy for Christmas

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal:  "Of course, Hank the Cowdog books by John Erickson are always popular, especially with boys, and this year’s new title (number 62) is “The Ghost of Rabbits Past ($5.99)." Link: http://lubbockonline.com/books/2013-12-22/dromgoole-santa-can-find-texas-books-stocking-stuffers#.UrhniH_nb5o...

Hank in the Huffington Post

GREAT Hank-feature in the Huffington Post's article, "Here's What Your Favorite Children's Series Says About You":   "Hank the Cowdog You're judicious, and are likely not only to abide by the rules, but to enforce them as well. You may have an inflated sense of self, but you're not self-centered....

An Evening with Laura Bush - in which she mentions reading Hank the Cowdog with her family

An article in Georgia Southern Magazine: http://news.georgiasouthern.edu/magazine/2013/12/12/an-evening-with-laura-bush/   Quoted from article:  GS [Georgia Southern]: What type of family traditions will you introduce to your granddaughter? LB [Laura Bush]: “Mila loves to look at books and chew on them, which is mainly what she wants to do! But, it’s fun to read...

Old 1989 Article! You'll Want to Read This Blast-From-Hank's-Past!

Hi Hank-Fans!  Isn't is fun what the internet turns up sometimes? Take a look at this blast-from-Hank's-past: an old article about the Hank the Cowdog books from 1989! Also, take a look at the whole article (by following the link at the end of our excerpt), and tell us what...

The Perryton Pipeline: "One on One with John Erickson"

From the Article:  "...Erickson was born in Midland, but he moved to Perryton with his family when he was three. He graduated from PHS in 1962. While in high school he ran track, played varsity football, sang in the choir, played the bassoon and drums, and participated in speech events...

Hank the Cowdog Author, John Erickson, To Present Concert in Palestine

By CHERIL VERNON Palestine Herald-Press "PALESTINE — One of the country’s most loved children’s authors known for his “Hank the Cowdog” series is coming to Palestine on Saturday for two special performances.“Hank the Cowdog” author John R. Erickson will present a concert, reading excerpts from his books and singing songs,...

Hank in Pennsylvania!

We hope you enjoy this article about John R. Erickson's recent trip to Pennsylvania!  From the article:   "Meeting an author in person is always a delight.  John R. Erickson, best known as the creator of the Hank the Cowdog series, walked out in front of the crowd of parents...

Hank Review in "Pine Needles and Paper Trails"

"Funny and Famly-Oriented: Hank the Cowdog" by Laure     "Meeting an author in person is always a delight. John R. Erickson, best known as the creator of the Hank the Cowdog series, walked out in front of the crowd of parents and kids at our conference with a banjo...

"Welcome to Perryton" - Article about Hank's Hometown

"Perryton, TX - Just by the looks of driving up and down main street, anyone can see there's no shortage of business or projects happening in Perryton. Depending on where you're from some might say small towns like Perryton are "in the middle on nowhere". And while that may be...

"Inside Hank the Cowdog," by Jesse Mullins

        From the Article: "John R. Erickson, author of the Hank the Cowdog series, includes among his many talents the ability to take you inside the mind of a dog—which, oddly, is a kinda-bizarre-kinda-sane place to be. And he is a master of the running gag. In each...

The Yellin Center - Recommended Reads: Hank the Cowdog

          Hi Hank-Fans!  Take a look at The Yellin Center's review of the Hank books:    Ages: 8 and up Adult Themes: None. A rootin’, tootin’ good time for all cowpokes.Concept: The Hank series is narrated by its hero Hank, the self-titled Head of Ranch Security on a ranch...

Upcoming Appearance in Corpus Christi, TX

April 9, 2013, Corpus Christi, TX Mr. Erickson will read a variety of selections and perform several songs from the Hank the Cowdog books for a program at A&M Corpus Christi, as well as several programs in local schools. Read the article: "John R. Erickson, Author of the Award-Winning ‘Hank...

"Dogs Who Write: Books Written By Canines", in Everett, Washington's "The Herald"

Dear Hank-Fan, Recently, Hank featured in an article titled, "Dogs who write: Books written by canines," by Leslie, a staff member of the Everett (Washington) Public Library:    "We read the entire Hank the Cow Dog series out loud to our children. They are hilarious! Hank is the Head of...

Articles by John R. Erickson Published in WORLD Magazine

Dear Reader, We hope you enjoy this collection of articles that author, John R. Erickson, has written for WORLD Magazine over the years. Browse essays with titles like, "Childish Questions," "We're, like, damaging the English language," "Christians and Storytelling," and many more. Read the articles on WORLD Magazine's website....

Made in America, Christmas 2012 - Hank makes the list again!

Hi Hank-fans! Once again, Hank the Cowdog makes ABC's "Made in America" list!  Link to full article at ABC.com (page 2, "Toys" section)...

Interview with John R. Erickson, Talking About Recording the Hank the Cowdog Audiobooks

From the Article: "The podcast with John Erickson:      If you’re not a professionally trained actor, you’re in good company this week! In our interview, John explains how he came to narrate his Hank the Cowdog books without ever receiving any formal training. AND best of all, he gives...

Oklahoma Children's Theatre: Hank the Cowdog

Ever wanted to see Hank on stage? Here's a chance to do that! "The Head of Ranch Security is on the case when a boy runs away from home into a dark, scary forest possibly filled with coyotes, bobcats and monsters. Watch with the Oklahoma Children’s Theatre at the Children’s...

Author of Hank the Cowdog books gets achievement award at book festival in Abilene

Hi Hank-fans! Here's a great article about one of John R. Erickson's most recent awards for the Hank the Cowdog series:     "John Erickson, author of the Hank the Cowdog series of mystery books for children, was presented with the A.C. Green Award, an annual honor given to a notable...

Cowdog Unites Generations: Author to be Honored at West Texas Book Festival

     "When John Erickson wrote the first stories about his most well-known protagonist, his intended audience was adults — farmers and ranchers.      To his surprise, the tales he wrote for The Cattleman magazine introducing Hank the Cowdog in 1982 appealed to all ages.      'It was...

"Hank the Cowdog" Author to Appear in Post

Hi Hank Fans!  Live near Post, TX? Make sure to stop by John R. Erickson's reading! Link to full article in The Garza Post...

Review of Hank the Cowdog Books

Hi Hank-fans! Here's a great review that we think you'll enjoy from the parent of a Hank reader!  Link to full review in "5 Minutes for Books"...

Review of the Play: "Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business"

    "I'm not entirely sure if the majority of the audience at the world-premiere performance of a new musical Thursday at the Tulsa PAC was quite aware of the significance of the event.     These theatergoers were more interested in learning that they would get to be a...

Hank the Cowdog is a Good Series for Young Readers

An article about Hank the Cowdog in The Examiner:  http://www.examiner.com/article/hank-the-cowdog-is-a-good-series-for-young-readers   Quote: "The series is good to read out loud to children. It is fun to read as the voice of Hank or one of the coyotes. You will be surprised at the enjoyment of the series."   ...

Mark your calendars! Hank the Cowdog musical coming to Tulsa, OK this summer!

June 21-24, 2012: "Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business," presented by Tulsa Repertory Musicals. Adapted by Rogers State University professor David Blakely from the popular series of children's books by John Erickson. The musical will be performed in the Doenges Theatre in Tulsa, Oklahoma. "Hank the Cowdog and Monkey Business...

Connect-2-Texas: Live Video-Conferences with the Author!

Hi Librarians and Teachers! Ever wanted to have Mr. Erickson speak to your students, but don't think that's a possibility logistically? Read more about the author's live webcasts to schools around the state of Texas and what those virtual author-visits look like! Link to full article, "Darby Students Interact, Learn...

An Interview with former First Lady, Laura Bush

A great article in Southern Views Magazine in which former First Lady, Laura Bush, mentions Hank: http://www.soviewsmag.com/extras/L_bush/page.html Quote:  Growing up, what’s your first literary memory? What books would you recommend for teens and children? And what book are you currently reading? I remember lying in bed with my mother and...

Book Review for Hank #50, The Case of the Most Ancient Bone

Hi Hank-fans! Here's a great review from a young reader that we think you'll enjoy!  Link to full review in "Books Are Better Than Icecream...

Author Appearance in Atlanta, TX Schools:

'Hank the Cowdog' Author to Visit Atlanta Elementary: Excerpts below:  Atlanta Elementary School will be visited by celebrated children’s author John R. Erickson Wednesday, Feb. 29 at the school. There will be two story periods. beginning at 8:30 a.m. Erickson will read excerpts from his books and perform some of...

Hank Reader in the News: Young Reader Reaches One Million Word Mark

Hi Hank-Readers,  Check out this Hank-reader's story! Excerpts below:  How long does it take to read a million words? Just ask Show Low’s Linden Elementary School second-grader Kathryn Shea Middleteon, who goes by Shea. She is the first second-grader ever at Linden Elementary to read one million words, 1,044,410 the...

Made in America - Christmas 2011

Shopping "Made-In-America" this year? You'll be happy to hear that the Hank the Cowdog books made it onto ABC's Christmas 2011 list of All-American companies! Made in America - Gift Ideas...

Pet Life Radio Interviews John R. Erickson

Visit the link below to hear an interview with Hank's author. Pet Life Radio Interview...

Catching Up: John R. Erickson, Story in the Texas Co-op Power Magazine

"Catching Up: John R. Erickson - Panhandle author has sold more than 7 million books about a cowdog named Hank," by Charles Boisseau  Excerpts below:  John R. Erickson is arguably one of Texas’ most successful writers and storytellers. So how come you probably have never heard of him?  It may...

The Reigning Cats and Dogs

An article mentioning Hank, by Peter Mucha: http://articles.philly.com/2000-10-18/living/25586918_1_tipper-gore-guard-dog-shiloh...

Hank is 2nd book on the list of family favorites at the White House!

To view the list, please visit the official archives of the former President George Bush's White House website: http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/firstlady/initiatives/familyfavorites.html    ...

Hank the Cowdog takes stories of West Texas Panhandle to books on tape - Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

To read this article in its entirety, please visit: http://lubbockonline.com/stories/093001/ent_0930010038.shtml First Published: Sunday, September 30, 2001 by SANDY BAUERS     "It's probably not nice to laugh at a dog, especially one who takes his work as seriously as Hank the Cowdog, head of ranch security at a big spread in...

Reading, 'Riting and Roping

Great article by Suzanne Foree Neal of the Topeka Capital-Journal about John R. Erickson and his career as a cowboy and author: http://cjonline.com/stories/032600/art_cowdog.shtml    ...

Hank in "The High Calling" by Howard E. Butt, Jr.

     "Author John Erickson started submitting his short stories in 1967 while working full-time as a cowboy. But by '82—with two new rejection slips and his wife pregnant with their third child—a few stories here and there weren’t enough. John borrowed money to start his own publishing company..." Read...

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