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With the click of one button I went from writer to published author. Below is the Amazon link to Black Bear's Adventure, a children's picture book of my Appalachian Trail hike.

I apologize the links are not clickable. You can copy and paste them into your web search or you can go directly to and search for Black Bear's Adventure by Emily M Leonard.

This charming biographical story shows achieving your dreams is always possible. Weaved in the story are lessons of respecting and appreciating nature.

One book wasn't enough for my debut, I wanted to double your experience. The teacher in me could not stop with just the fun story. For you who want to expand the learning experience for your child or students, the companion book is a great way to do so. It is published in a black and white format ready for the reader to personalize. There is a know, wonder, learn page. There are matching, multiple choice, and fill in the blank pages to check the reader's comprehension after they read the story book. There is a discussion page to expand the reader's thinking, and much more.

Black Bear's Adventure was about attaining my goal of hiking the AT. The lessons I learned there not only helped me on the trail, but off as well. These two books are proof of that. Now all I need to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other so to speak, and before you know it, my next book will be out. Something for you all to look forward to. The next one will be for grown up kids. Unless, I take a side trail and work on my two other kiddo books. You never know where the trail will lead me.

Happy Hiking,



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