Get ready to add a new favourite book to your child’s bedtime reading line-up.
I have followed author/illustrator Scott Haynes for a long time. Since the dream of Wildwest Kidz started to churn around the corners of my mind, I pictured his books as part of the Wildwest Kidz lineup.
Coming at you in the March Wildwest Kidz box is the first in Scott’s Roadie the Ranch Dog series. In 2021, we will include all FIVE of his hilarious books in the Wildwest Kidz program.
They are just THAT good.
The Roadie books are hard to match in authenticity, humour and just plain ‘ol fun for kids and adults alike. These are the books that parents will love to read, just as much as the kids love to listen.
Scott’s farm/ranch background and his love for the western way of life is apparent as you read his books. He grew up on a ranch in northern Montana, and Roadie pays homage to several family dogs over the years. These dogs were typical ‘mutts’ with a bit of heeler somewhere in the pedigree.
Now that I have had the pleasure to get to know him better, it is clear - this guy is just good people. Scott Haynes lives in Wyoming with his wife Erin, their children and always, a few good dogs.
Scott was kind enough to answer a few fun questions for us about himself and his Roadie the Ranch Dog Series.
WWK: What is your ‘elevator pitch’ for your ‘Roadie’ series?
Roadie the Ranch Dog is a very art-heavy, rhyming, Ag picture book, starring a little orange mutt.
WWK: When did you start writing books?
2012 is when I started to get real serious about creating a picture book.
WWK: Tell us something about yourself that we might not know?
I put my French fries on my hamburger.
WWK: Do you have a day job when you are not writing? If so, what do you do?
I am a truck driver. I haul a lot of equipment, gravel, and work in the oilfield.
WWK: Do you have any hobbies?
Hiking with my family and our dogs. Any exercise.
WWK: What was your family life like growing up?
Grew up on a farm/ranch with two brothers and parents who loved us and loved each other.
WWK: What inspired you to write books for kids?
I wanted to create books that I wish that I’d had as a rural farm kid in NE Montana. There were no “Ag-accurate” art-heavy picture books when I was a tyke. None that “got it right,” anyway. Also, to get kids interested in Ag with cool illustrations.
WWK: What should parents do to encourage children to read?
READ to your kids.
WWK: Do you have a favourite saying or motto?
Nobody cares. Work harder.
Rapid Fire Round-up
Texting or talking? Texting
Favourite place besides home? Anywhere with my kids. MONTANA.
Nickname your parents used to call you? Scooter
Would you rather be able to speak every language in the world or be able to talk to animals? Every language. I already talk to animals. It is a real problem.
Big dogs or small dogs? All the dogs!
What is something you could eat for a week straight? Beef jerky. Or Dots pretzels
Most hated chore growing up?Dishes.
Cats - belong in the barn or in the house? 90% of them in the barn, but one sweety in the house
What is your most-used emoji? 🥴