Lisa and Michael Cohn, Mom-Son Children's Book Authors

Mom-Son Authors Teach Kids About Writing Through Grief

Lisa Cohn and her son, Michael, age 10, are co-authors of the Bash and Lucy children's book series and co-founders of the Roving Reader Leaders book club. They have appeared on the Today Show, AM Northwest, Sirius XM Radio, in Disney's Babble, the Oregonian and other media. Their first two Bash and Lucy books earned Mom's Choice silver awards.

Through Skype in the classroom visits, Lisa and Michael have 'traveled' 540,000 miles to meet with students in 15 countries around the world. They have shared the story about how grief over the death of their dog launched their writing journey, provided tips about how to write a book, and gathered from kids many great ideas for upcoming books.

The most important thing the authors want readers to gain from their book series:

Our latest book, Bash and Lucy Fetch Team Vera and the Dream Beasts, illustrated with the help of young Michael, teaches kids and adults about children with sensory issues. It also has a girl power theme, and teaches kids about Title IX. As always, dogs are important characters in our books, providing much love and laughter.

Why the authors are an authority on the subject of their book:

Lisa, an award-winning writer, specializes in parenting, sports parenting, and dogs and pets. She has conducted extensive research into sensory processing challenges, has written about Title IX in her sports parenting articles, and helps Michael write blogs about dogs. She also writes for Dogster, and has covered autism service dogs, daring dog rescues by the Oregon Humane Society, dog training techniques, and other issues. You can learn more about her writing at . Michael does dog vlogs, including "What to Do When Your Dog Barks While You're Taking a Bath," and a number of dog heroism stories. He also reviews dog books on YouTube and has interviewed a few dog-book authors.


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Speaking Engagements
and School Visits:

As you can see in the video on this page, "Heroic Dogs, Lost Lucy and other Book Ideas...," we don't lecture, but rather try to engage students in topics that interest them. We have found that kids of all ages love to brainstorm book ideas with us, as we do in this video with a 5th grade class. Before we brainstorm with students, we explain what launched our book project: grief over the death of our dog, Lucy. We ask students to share stories about how they have used writing and art to overcome grief over the loss of pets, friends or family members. We also give students writing tips and explain how to publish books. We're very flexible, and often change our presentation to meet the needs of the teacher. For example, if teachers prefer to have us talk about how to research and write nonfiction, that's what we do. Often, the students merely want to ask Michael questions, and he's happy to answer them!

Presentation Audience:

Grades K-3

Grades 4-6

Middle School

High School


11-100 appearances



Willing to travel

Book Type:

Children's Fiction






Youth Issues


Heroic dogs and lost Lucy are just some of the inspiring ideas hatched by these fifth graders as they brainstorm (along with Michael, age 5) ideas for the next books in our "Bash and Lucy" series during a Skype in the Classroom lesson.