News and Events

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Recent news and events with Bella and Finny.

2014 Calendar Cover

web coverBella and Finny’s 2014 calendar will give you a smile every month!

Below are some of the out takes.

Calendar Fun!

How's our profile?

How’s our profile?

Love Finny's squinty eyes!

Love Finny’s squinty eyes!

Okay, I think we're done!

Oh I see our friends!

It is always so much fun taking pictures of Bella and Finny. They are real pros and LOVE the camera! I do take a lot of pictures and some of the out takes are very funny. I’ll share some from the cover so I don’t spoil the surprise of the months inside!

Albany Children’s Book Festival

Albany Children’s Book Festival

Albany Academy for Girls

140 Academy Road

Albany, NY

Saturday April 28, 2012


What a Fabulous day! 70 Authors and Illustrators for you to meet, greet and have your book personalized by your favorite author. There were many different programs through out the day for you to enjoy and participate in.  I love meeting new Bella and Finny fans and catching up with friends.

Poodle Bloggers!

Bella and Finny are thrilled to announce they have their own blog:  “Bella and Finny,  a poodles point of view!”  This will be a fun way to keep up with Bella and Finny’s daily adventures! We will also be featuring a “Guest Dog” spot on Fun Fur Friend Fridays!  Please contact me at: if you would like to have your dog in the spotlight as a friend of Bella and Finny’s. Happy blogging Bella and Finny!


Bella and Finny 2012 Calendar!

Here is the new 2012 Bella and Finny calendar cover!

Guest Speaker at Literacy Thank You Event

Love talking to the voluteers.

June 14,2011
Capital Region Jewish Coalition For Literacy
Annual Thank You Celebration
The Golub Center
Albany, NY
Today was all about thanking the volunteer reading coaches of ROAR. They work with children kindergarten through third grade and make a firm commitment to give one hour a week throughout the school year. They read to the students and help the struggling readers. They have approximately 200 reading coaches serving in 20 inner-city schools in the Albany, Schenectady and Troy city school districts. They are making a difference in so many children’s lives. THANK YOU Reading Coaches!!

SCBWI Eastern NY Conference

Susan Campbell Bartoletti

I just love going to these conferences!! A great opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. We had a dynamic Keynote Speaker, Susan Campbell Bartoletti. She is an award-winning author and a fearless woman! She digs deep for the untold story.

Awesome Illustrator

We had excellent workshops with an impressive line up of Conference Faculty. Award-winning Authors, Illustrators, Editors and Agents. It was a fabulous day!

Interview with Simon Rose on Children’s Authors and Illustrators

Our guest today is author Bonnie Wayne.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Upstate New York with my husband Tom, we have two adult daughters Tiffany and Taryn, a son-in-law Scott and we are proud first time grandparents of a beautiful healthy boy Harper! We also reside with the two stars of the award- winning The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series©™. Bella and Finny are my two very photogenic standard poodles.

My background is in Human Services and I have worked with children in different capacities for just about three decades. Through my professional and personal experiences, I have found humor to be a very effective way to teach. I combined my love for children and humorous photographs to create books that are entertaining as well as educationally sound. Pictures of Bella and Finny in everyday situations, driving a car, taking out the garbage, washing dishes and yes, with an apron on and rubber gloves, help teach basic concepts to young children. I take a laugh and learn approach!

The books have received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award along with the Dove Award. They are awards giving for excellence in family friendly media.

What is your latest published work?

I have four books out and last book was “Opposites with Bella and Finny”.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Everyday life and in everyday situations! When I have a book in mind, I just start thinking, how can I make this fun. How can Bella and Finny best convey this concept. I could be out shopping and see something and think, ahh this could look great on Bella! The creative ideas in my head just never stop!

What are you working on right now?

Right now I am working on ABC’s with Bella and Finny. I’m using fruits and vegetables with a Bella and Finny twist to it! It’s going to be hilarious!

Do you have any tips or advice for aspiring authors?

In my opinion, you must be passionate about your writing. You have to love with your heart and soul what you do! Next, I would suggest to become a member of a professional organization. If you write books for children, an example would be the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Join a local chapter and attend their meetings and critique groups. It is also a good idea to attend workshops and conferences. If you want an agent, look for agents that represent your genre and the same would hold true for a publishing house. Be prepared for a lot of “no’s” but remember it takes just one “yes”! There are also many opportunities for people to self- published these days. Do your homework and just be aware there are many “publishing houses” that just want your money. A traditional publisher will never take your money. No matter what route you take, traditional of self-published you have to be your own best cheerleader! Which goes to the next piece of advise, market, market, market, network, network, network! The BookExpo America, BEA,(the book industry’s largest premier trade show) is a great opportunity to network and to market. I guess it boils down to work hard, be persistent, love what you do and everything else seems to fall in to place!

What you have a crazy story about an aspect of the writing life, perhaps from a school visit or event?

One time during a school visit, I was showing a picture of Finny with a shower cap on. To help with recall and memory retention I asked the children to name the dog in the picture.One little boy shouted out “grandma” I laughed so hard and told him not to tell grandma she looked like a dog!

Is there anything else you’d like to add, such as a website or blog
We have a website:

You can find us on Facebook: The Adventures of Bella and Finny

You can follow me on Twitter: Bonnie623

Tanglewood School Visit!

What a nice surprise I had when I first walked into the school. In the main hallway there was a disply of the students “Pet Stars” of the week! In honor of Bella and Finny Week, the students took pictures of their pets dressed up in varies costums! What a great idea to get the children ready for my visit. Finny was a BIG hit with everyone. They loved it when I put different outfits on him. In between presentations I was able to meet the children during their lunch period. A BIG Thank You to Mr. Hills, Teachers and Staff for the warm welcome to your school! I hope your Summer is full of wonderful adventures!

3rd Annual Albany Children’s Book Festival!

This is a great family event! They have an Author’s breakfast from 8-9:30am, a Storybook Parade for the children at 11am and workshops throughout the day. Over 50 Authors to meet and greet and sign their books for you. Please stop by and say “hi”!
Saturday, April 9, 2011
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Silipigno Athletic Facility at the Albany Academy for Girls campus.

Happy Dog Contest!

The Stars!

Bella and Finny were selected as one of the best pictures for the Happy Dog  Contest.   Their picture will be published in the digital magazine Happy Dog Connections.

The 2011 Bella and Finny calendar is here!

2011 Bella and Finny

Cover of the new 2011 Bella and Finny calendar

We are happy and pleased to let you know the 2011 calendar is ready!  Bella and Finny will make you smile all year long!!

Bella and Finny do it again!

Winning Photo!

Winning Photo for catalog cover!


SmartTag Pet ID sponsored a contest to send in a picture of you and your pet together.  The winning photograph would be featured on the LITTLE GIFTS catalog cover!  This summer I was fortunate enough to have a photo shoot done by a fabulous photographer, Tiffany Wayne.  Yes she is my daughter, and no I’m not bias, she really is talented!!!  I had some great pictures to chose from.  On Monday, November 29, 2010 SmartTag announced us as their winner!  Thank You judges from SmartTag!! 

Bella and Finny in REDBOOK!!



My very funny, but oh so true story of Bella and Finny is in the July issue of Redbook magazine under the “laugh out loud” section!!

The Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair

Book Fair

15th annual Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair

I will be attending The 15th annual Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair. It will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls, NY.
There will be over a  100 authors, book sellers, publishers and non-profit groups participating in the Book Fair.  Booksignings will be held all day, and there will be readings,  panel talks, slide-illustrated talks, children’s activities and more.  Great fun for the whole family!
Please stop by and say “Hi”!
For more information:
The Chronicle

Bella and Finny chosen to be Dog of the day!

High paws to dogs of the day!

High paws to dogs of the day!

November 5, 2010 Bella and Finny were chosen by “I Love My Dog”  to be the Friday Dog of the day!!  Now the name of their Fan Page says it all!!  With over 94, 000 fans on Facebook we were very excited to be on their Fan page!  Thanks “I Love My Dog”  for picking Bella and Finny!  High paws to you!

Finny wins The New Yorkers 2010 Critterati Contest!

Mark Twain

Finny's winning photo as Mark Twain

October 27, 2010 The New Yorker  announced the the names of five winners in their 2010 Critterati Contest.  Our Finny was one of the winners!!  The rules were simple: dress up (or environ) your critters as any literary character or writer and take a picture.   There was an esteemed panel of judges:  Susan Orlean,  Alexandra Horowitz, a teacher of psychology and animal behavior at Barnard College and the author of  “Inside of a dog: What Dogs See, Smell and Know” and  Cameron Woo, the co-founder and publisher Bark magazine and author of  this year’s prize book, “Photobooth Dogs.”  The five winners have their photographs featured in a slide show on, and each will receive a copy of “Photobooth Dogs.”   Way to go Finny!!

Bella and Finny’s Fan Page chosen for Facebook Friday!

Oct 22, 2010 THE ADVENTURES OF BELLA AND FINNY Facebook fan page was chosen by Dog Tipper for their Facebook Friday round up! We were very happy and grateful. 

 Dog Tipper features tips by dog lovers, for dog lovers. Along with Dog Tip of the Day, special sections cover Dog News, Celebrity Canines and Dog of the Day while article sections feature advice on selecting, raising, training and loving your four-legged friend.

Bella wins Fashion Week for pets!

Bella's winning photo!

Bella's winning photo!

On September 7, 2010 Bella was chosen by SmartTag Pet ID as the winner for Fashion Week for Pets!  She was thrilled!  We won a beautiful  fashion savvy poodle LittleGifts Keychain!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SmartTagTM is the only pet ID tag powered by the eAlertTM 24/7 Pet Recovery System. Each new SmartTag is engraved with a unique serial number that serves as a pet’s “social security number”, enabling pet owners to quickly create an online profile containing up-to-date photos, video, health records, and emergency contact information about their dogs or cats. And should a pet go missing, SmartTag broadcasts an emergency “Amber Alert,” activating their exclusive network of over 15 thousand animal shelters, hospitals and rescue organizations within 50 miles of where a lost pet was last seen.

SCBWI Conference

The SCBWI Eastern NY chapter
14th annual Mid-Hudson Valley Conference
Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 8:00am to 4:00pm
Poughkeepsie, New York

KWTX TV interview!


Smiling for the camera after a great interview!

I was thrilled when I had the chance to introduce Bella and Finny to Texas on the number one news station in Waco, Texas!  Emily Iazzetti was so warm and welcoming.  We had a very nice chat on the noon show. The pictures of Bella and Finny had everyone in the studio laughing!  Thank You Emily for the opportunity to share The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series with your viewers!  June 7,2010

Authors Corral at the BEA


BookExpo America
Tuesday, May 25 – Thursday, May 27
Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, NY

I love going to the BEA!  It is a wonderful opportunity to meet Authors, Illustrators and speak with people within every realm of the  publishing industry.  There were over 500 Authors, 2,000 Companies and I was thrilled to be a part of it!  It is truly an honor for me. Bella and Finny made a lot of new Fans!  They were a big  hit! Teachers and Librarians love the “Laugh and Learn” approach.

A New Bella and Finny Fan!

Great Book Festival!

I had a great time at the Albany Children’s Book Festival. Spoke with some great Authors, made some new friends and Bella and Finny made a lot of people laugh!

Albany Children’s Book Festival


This will be a wonderful event for the whole family!

 Free admission, storybook parade and over

40 Children’s & Young Adult Authors & Illustrators!

Albany Children’s Book Festival

Saturday, May 15, 2010

10:00am – 3:00pm

The Albany Academy for Girls Campus

140 Academy Rd.

Albany, NY

Please stop by, I love to meet Bella and Finny Fans!

France Catalogue

This was Bella and Finny’s French debute!  They are now international stars!!

Catalogue page from France!

Michael and his family

Finny at Dog Ate My Homework!

What a fun time we had at Dog Ate My Homework! This was Finny’s first time at a Book Event with me. He was great and the little ones loved him!

Post Star

Here is an article from the Post Star!

Events Coming Up!

I am happy to announce some up coming book events. One of the best things about being an author is meeting my readers! So I look forward to meeting all of you!

March 26 – 31, 2010
Salon des Livres
Paris, France

Friday, April 9, 2010
10:30 am
Interactive reading and power point presentation
Finny, one of the stars of the series will be present
Dog ate my homework
Glens Falls, NY

Saturday, April 10, 2010
11:45- 12:15 pm
Autograph / Meet & Greet Session
Author Signing Tables located at base of Egg
outside Meeting Room 7 Bookstore
Empire State Book Festival
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY

Saturday, May 15, 2010
10:00am – 3:00pm
Albany Children’s Book Festival
Albany Academy for Girls
140 Academy Road
Albany, NY

May 25-27, 2010
Thursday May 27, 2010
10:30 – 11:30 am
Authors Corral
Autograph / Meet & Greet Session
BookExpo America
Jacob K. Javits Center
New York, NY

Perpetual Pose Interview

To read the interview on perpetual prose, click here!

My interview with Michael is now posted on Perpetual Pose!
Bonnie A. Wayne – Interview
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Bonnie, what was your first piece of serious writing?

My very first piece of serious writing was The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series! Counting with Bella and Finny was the first book in my Laugh and Learn approach to teaching basic concepts to children.

What inspired you to become an author?

My inspiration comes from the love I have for children and my poodles! I have always enjoyed working with children. My background is in Human Services, and I have worked with children in different capacities for nearly three decades. Through my experience, I have found that humor is a very effective way to teach. I love to make people laugh! I take pictures of my two standard poodles in everyday situations that are normal for humans but very unusual for dogs. The pictures are hilarious!

Tell us about The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series.

The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series currently has four books in the series. Counting, Shapes, Colors and Opposites. The books take a fun and unique approach in teaching basic concepts to children. The stars of this series are my two standard poodles, Bella and Finny. The pictures that I take of them are real! I do not photoshop them on a skateboard, they are on a skateboard! The photographs are just plain funny! The books appeal to children on many different levels.

Parents and educators will find that the familiar activities and recognizable items help to provide for many language based activities. The books really help with memory and comprehension. Each book has a review at the end to reinforce the concepts which they are learning. These books are educationally sound as well as entertaining. I have found that educators and parents find the books to be great learning tools with many teachable moments. So children can learn a little more about their favorite Laugh and Learn Poodles, at the end of each book I have included a “Fun Facts” page on Bella and Finny.

The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series have received the Mom’s Choice Award and The Dove Award both awards honor excellence in family-friendly media. Having both the Mom’s Choice Award and The Dove Award Seal really help families and educators navigate the vast array of products to make informed decisions. When they see the seal they can be sure of a family-friendly quality product.

Do you plan to keep writing in this series, Bonnie, or branch out?

I absolutely will continue with this series! The only branching out that I will do, is to have more Bella and Finny products! I have so many more books that I want to write. I love what I do and can’t imagine doing anything else!

How important are books like yours as a teaching tool for children?

I feel it’s so important that leaning should be fun! Especially in the very young children. Research shows when children enjoy what they are being taught they will retain the information longer and better. You want children to have enthusiasm for learning. I think any book that will help to develop the mind of a child and to inspire and promote the love of learning is invaluable!

What advice do you have for self-published authors like yourself?

In my opinion, you must be passionate about your writing. You have to love with your heart and soul what you do! Next I would say you need to be your own best cheerleader. Which goes to the next piece of advise, market, market, market, network, network, network! I would also suggest to become a member of a professional organization. If you write books for children, an example would be the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). It is also a good idea to attend workshops and conferences. The BookExpo America, BEA, is a great opportunity to network and to market. I would encourage anyone who has an intrest in self-publishing to attend. I guess it boils down to work hard, be persistent, love what you do and everything else seems to fall in to place!

Dove Award!

Dove AwardThe Adventures of Bella and Finny Series receives the Dove Award!

Exciting News!!

The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series just signed on with Mariposa Press for distribution of our books in France!

Donations Made!

The Adventures of Bella and Finny made donations to Albany Medical Center, Ronald McDonald House and the Saratoga Animal Shelter.

Book Event

I’ll be at The Little Book House today! I’ll be signing The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series! A Poodle See Poodle Doo Book!! You can also register to win a free Bella and Finny Product
The Little Book House
Stuyvesant Plaza
Albany, NY
Sunday, December 13, 2009
2-4 pm

Book Signing

Saratoga Borders Book Event!
I’ll be at Borders today signing The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series. Books are wonderful gifts to give.
Saratoga Borders
Saturday, Dec. 12
1-3 pm

See you there!

Bella and Finny’s newest Fans, Lila and Anna!

New Fans

New Fans

Saratoga’s Victorian Streetwalk

A great time meeting new Bella and Finny Fans!

Book Events

Meet and Greet Bonnie A. Wayne
Dawgdom l where dogs rule
Victorian Streetwalk
Thursday, December 3, 2009

6-9 pm

Okte Craft Extravaganza
Okte Elementary School
1581 Crescent Road
Clifton Park, NY 12065
Friday, December 4, 2009
5-8 pm

Dawgdom | where dogs rule
441A Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
Saturday, December 5, 2009
12-3 pm

395 Broadway
Saratoga Springs NY 12866
Saturday, Dec 12, 2009
2-4 pm

The Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza
1475 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12203
Sunday, December 13, 2009
1-3 pm

1570 WVTL-AM The Bob Cudmore Show

I will be on The Bob Cudmore Radio Show!
1570 WVTL – AM
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
8:30 am

Please tune in and listen.

CPIMS Literacy Night




Bonnie with Phil BaileyI taped my first TV interview! Thank you Phil Bayly for making it fun and keeping me relaxed! A great opportunity to talk about my books and the 2 Stars, Bella and Finny!
Forum with Phil Bayly
WNYT TV Channel 13
Sunday, November 22, 2009
6:00 am

Literacy Night

I will be attending Literacy Night at Central Park International Magnet School. Come join the Fun!
Central Park International Magnet School
421 Elm Street, Schenectady, NY 12304
Literacy Night (Grades K-6)
November 17, 2009
6:30 – 8:00 pm

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The Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair

I will be attending The 14th annual Glens Falls Chronicle Book Fair. It will take place on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queensbury Hotel in downtown Glens Falls, NY.
Last year, more than 120 authors, book sellers, publishers and non-profit groups participated in the Book Fair.
Please stop by and say “Hi”!
For more information:
The Chronicle

The Saratogian Interview with Bonnie Wayne

The Saratogian article photoJune 2009
Who are you?
Author, recipient of Mom’s Choice Award of the “Adventures of Bella and Finny” book series and Clifton Park resident.

What got you started photographing your dogs?
I always, always took pictures of my dogs, both standard poodles. Bella is now 9 and we got her as a puppy. Finny was a rescue dog we got after he turned one; he’s also nine years old and apricot in color. Friends and colleagues kept telling me to do something with my photos of them, but I couldn’t come up with exactly the right idea. After I retired, one morning in 2004, I asked myself “Why not turn the photos into learning tools, books, for children?” This idea blended my background in human services including working one-on-one with special ed students at Shen and my love of my standard poodles.

Where did you find a publisher?
My first four concept books have all been self-published.
To date, I have sold over 1,000 books in “The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series.” They are for sale locally at Borders in Saratoga and The Little Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza. You can also order from my Web site at I just attended my very first BookExpo America in New York City I met with agents and other authors including Meg Cabot and the Julie Andrews who were there for Cabot’s “Princess Diaries.”

When did you win the Mom’s Choice Award?
I was in Florida recently when I got the e-mail and I was all alone when I read the news. I started jumping and screaming. It was a huge honor and very humbling.
This award is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.
The panel consists of esteemed judges from companies like Baby Einstein and Reading Rainbow along with some regular moms, dads and kids who just really like what they are reading.
It is really going to open doors for me. It’s been a real validation for what I’m doing and it’s so gratifying to see that I can help kids start their love of learning through my books – that’s just wonderful.

Why do your dogs make just great models?
I’m not a professional photographer; I don’t use any special camera or computer tricks. Bella and Finny just absolutely love doing this – they are the biggest hams in the world.

— Lauren Carpenter

Interview with Mom’s Choice Award Founder

Mom's Choice LogoI was recently interviewed by the Mom’s Choice Award founder, Tara Paterson, on her blog, after receiving a Mom’s Choice Award for The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series books. Read the interview here.

The Mom’s Choice Awards® is known for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. This annual competition recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services.

Book Expo America

The Adventures of Bella and Finny Series went to the Book Expo America convention at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City on May 28, 2009.

Recent School Visits

Kiddie Academy of Albany, NY
Happy House, Elmira, NY
Zoller Elementary, Schenectady, NY
First Baptist Church School, Mount Pleasant, SC
St.Vincent Preschool, Albany, NY
Laurel Hill Primary School, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Gateway Charter School, Fort Myers, FL
Celebration Elementary School, Celebration, FL

Book Signings

Barnes & Noble, Orlando, FL 3-4-06
Books a Google, Clermont, FL 3-29-06
Borders, Saratoga Springs, NY 6-18-06
Borders, Saratoga Springs, NY 8-22-06
Borders, Saratoga Springs,NY 10-14-06
Dog Bark Barkery, Celebration, FL 3-16-07
Share Health Fair, Clifton Park, NY 9-29-07
Borders, Saratoga Springs, NY 11-15-08

Woman’s World Feature

Woman's World January 2006Bella and Finny photos were featured on the Puzzle of the Week pages of the January and February 2006 issues of Woman’s World Magazine.
Womans World February 2006