Former Legendary NFL Owner’s Granddaughter Releases Children’s Book – Features Historical and Tourist Sites in the Carolinas, and a Pro-Football Game Experience

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (August 6, 2018) — Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog: Gameday in the Carolinas follows cheerful, young football fan Fredericka (“Freddie” for short) and her dog Fumble as they take readers on a tour of the history and highlights of the Carolinas, culminating in an exciting pro-football game in Charlotte, the home of the Panthers. The book, written by Marnie Schneider, granddaughter of former Philadelphia Eagles owner, Leonard Tose, and her teenage daughter, Goldie, allows the pair to merge their love of sports, knowledge of local history, and passion for helping others to educate readers, no matter their age, gender or location.

“This book offers something for locals and visitors, parents and pet owners, and fans of all ages,” says author, Marnie Schneider. “Plus, we are able to give back to the communities featured in the book – a portion of the proceeds from book sales will go to the USOs of North and South Carolina and local animal shelters, which work to protect animals just like Fumble.”

The Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog series serves as Marnie’s love letters to the fans and towns she experienced while growing up traveling with her grandfather’s team and her family. Throughout the book, Freddie and Fumble tour a variety of historical sites in the Carolinas including the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ dinosaur exhibit, the site of the first flight in Kitty Hawk, and a stop to thank service members at Fort Bragg, before ending up in the Queen City to cheer on their local teams. Interesting facts and delightful illustrations bring the states’ histories to life on the page as the reader joins their journey. The book can be ordered here.

Football Freddie on Instagram and Facebook

About the Author

Marnie Schneider, who attended Penn State University and majored in broadcast journalism, is the founder of the Keep On Playing Foundation, which gives underprivileged children the opportunity to learn confidence, leadership, and the importance of teamwork through sports. Football Freddie and Fumble the Dog: Gameday in the Carolinas is her second children’s book in the series and her way of giving back to the community. She lives with her three kids—Jonathan, 18, Goldie, 15, and Leo, 14— three rescue dogs, and one handsome pony named Billy in Mooresville, NC.

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Heyward the Horse Takes Children on a Charleston Adventure in New Book

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Local dad writes, illustrates children’s book highlighting Holy City landmarks

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston landmarks and historic attractions are beautifully highlighted in a new children’s book written and illustrated by local designer and author Andrew Barton. “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” is the tale of Heyward M. Pinckney IV, a carriage horse in downtown Charleston.

Heyward takes visitors on a carriage ride past a variety of Charleston area landmarks and attractions, including Riley Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, historic churches and the Charleston City Market. With his magical bow tie, Heyward is able to fly his carriage over the Holy City, pointing out the marshes, plantations and the beaches.

Local children will love seeing the landmarks they pass each day, and the book is a perfect souvenir for children who want to recall their Charleston visit during their evening storytime.

A father of two children under the age of 3, Barton has spent a lot of time reading children’s books. Combining his love of history and drawing, he decided to publish his own book focused on the city he’s called home for the last decade.

“When our children are born and raised in Charleston, they may not realize what a truly special city this is. I wanted to create a book that would be fun and imaginative while also highlighting some of the many landmarks and historic sites that are unique to the city,” Barton said.

Published by Timeless Tower Publishing LLC, “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” will be available in paperback for $10.99 and hardback for $18.99 on Amazon beginning Feb. 24 and at select Charleston area bookstores and retail outlets. Visit for more details.

Join Barton for a book launch kickoff party and reading of “Heyward the Horse Loves Charleston, Of Course!” The event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24 at Maxtrix Kids Rooms, 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Purchase copies of the book and enjoy a balloon artist, children’s activities and more.

About the Author
Andrew Barton is a designer, illustrator and children’s book author in Charleston, S.C. For more than a decade, Barton has created logos, illustrations and branded materials for a number of businesses and organizations, including the Cooper River Bridge Run, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Town of Mount Pleasant, Patriots Point, Charleston Wine + Food Festival and the South Carolina Aquarium.

Barton has a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies, including graphic design and business, from the University of South Carolina Upstate. He lives in West Ashley with his wife and two young children. He enjoys history, painting and the outdoors.


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