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August 25, 2019

Meet Ripley, The Wonderdog; My new sidekick and soon to be classroom assistant. She's currently in training to accompany me to Author Visits. She's learning lots of lessons and getting a good feel of her purpose. Read more from Ripley in her own words:

"Every dog has a...

March 3, 2018

By Matt Dutton Herald-Whig

Posted: Mar. 2, 2018 10:30 pm Updated: Mar. 2, 2018 10:40 pm

QUINCY -- Quincy author Tracy Schlepphorst recently published her third installment in her Emotion Belly Books series, a semi-autobiographical children's book about grieving the...

January 31, 2018

Today I read "Eden and Her Joy" with a 6 year old boy that has just recently lost his grandma. This was the first official reading with a child! This was also the moment where the story became about someone else. His questions and comments were not what I was expecting...

January 4, 2018

It was so fun to be interviewed by Addi Ippensen!

Eden's message is so important to me! 

#emotionbellybooks #yourhappycanneverleaveyou

December 28, 2017

The Holidays always seem to bring out the "grief" in people. As a child I remember soaking up the emotions of those around me like a sponge, getting it, yet not quite getting it. The mixed messages of sadness combined with the knowledge that my dad was somehow happier...

December 18, 2017

I took three wrapped packages to my Emotion Belly Kids Yoga Class. We all know kids love just ripping the paper off! Inside of the first box there were feathers and ping pong balls, the perfect way to begin yoga, focusing on breathing and the power of our breath. The s...

November 17, 2017

Have you ever sent a balloon to heaven?

My girls were 6, 8, and 10 when my mom passed away. We were all feeling very sad, so I suggested we write messages and send them to heaven via balloon. We worked diligently on our notes, tied them to our balloons, said a prayer to...

November 9, 2017


It is a hot topic among the many school counselors that I talked to over the past few days. One person even suggested that I write a children’s book on the topic. I of course explained to her that I already did!

John O'Leary spoke about “The Power of One”. He cha...

August 29, 2017

By Matt Dutton Herald-Whig

Posted: Aug. 23, 2017 10:05 am Updated: Aug. 24, 2017 8:26 am

QUINCY -- The third installment in the Emotion Belly book series is still little more than a dozen or so sketches.

Author Tracy Schlepphorst and illustrator Charlie Martin spent...

February 17, 2017

By Matt Dutton Herald-Whig

Posted: Feb. 16, 2017 7:45 pm Updated: Feb. 17, 2017 8:30 am

QUINCY -- A Quincy author hopes her works help local students understand their feelings and the feelings of others.

Tracy Schlepphorst, author of "Eden and Her Happy," recently pu...

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