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Bug on the Rug

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  • 2023-24 Sunshine State Young Reader Award Jr Shortlist (SSYRA)

  • 2022 Cybils Awards Fiction Picture Book Nominee

Pug is snug on his rug. Then along comes Bug with a claim to the rug! The two engage in a hysterical battle of wits in this comedic tit-for-tat tale until Slug asks the necessary questions to help them find common ground.


This fun and epic read aloud is a sweet tale of friendship, compromise, owning mistakes, and accepting differences that will engage young readers through word play and rollicking rhyme.

Sleeping Bear Press, 4/15/22

ISBN-10: 1534111476

ISBN-13: 9781534111479


"A rollicking, rhyming read-aloud...the rhymes are inventive, and the rug rivals’ words have great texture. A fun way to build reading skills..."


"...a comical story about finding common ground, owning mistakes, and accepting differences...Lively fun that all readers will enjoy, snug in their own rugs and everywhere else."


"Author Sophia Gholz has written a fun rhymer with a story that will engage little ones without them ever knowing they are learning some good life lessons about friendship and getting along with others...This will become a fast favorite."

San Francisco Book Review

"...For all you readers out there, Bug on the Rug is a hilarious rhyming romp with a rhythm made for dramatic readings that kids will want to hear again and again. The book will make a favorite addition to home, school, and public libraries for lively and meaningful story times."

Celebrate Picture Books

"A great read aloud with lots of fun word play! ...Read this book aloud and afterwards have a blast playing with rhyming words and word families. This a great read aloud for pre-kindergarten through grade three..."

—Mother Goose Librarian

For a full list of reviews, Click HERE.

  • Interview and official book trailer premier with Mr.Schu at Watch. Connect. Read. | Click HERE.

  • Meet the author & illustrator interview on Good Reads With Ronna. | Click HERE.

  • Themed Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Activities with Celebrate Picture Books. | Click HERE.

  • The Journey Behind the Book interview. | Click HERE. 


  • Official cover reveal with Books Grow Minds. | Click HERE.


For additional press and features, Click HERE.

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