This month, bestselling author Sherri Duskey Rinker set out on a national tour in celebration of her new picture book, Tiny and the Big Dig, which was released on January 30 from Scholastic Press. Illustrated by Matt Myers, the book tells the story of a small dog with large ambitions. The tour kicked off on January 29 at the Book Stall in Winnetka, Ill., and wrapped up on February 8 at Neighborhood Reads in Washington, Mo. We’ve gathered a selection of photo highlights from the events, which included bookstore and classroom visits, interactive presentations, and more.

Rinker shares her new book with students at South School in Glencoe, Ill.

A Tiny and the Big Dig display at Books & Company in Oconomowoc, Wis.

The author with students at Orvis Risner Elementary in Edmond, Okla.

Rinker with fellow guests at the Bookworm Book Festival, which was held at Spring Oaks Middle School in Houston. (From top l.): Erin Long, Lisa Mantchev, festival chair Melanie Scales, Tammy Sauer, Matt de la Peña, Ethan Long; (bottom l.): Todd Parr and singer-songwriter Emily Arrow.

Presenting at the Bookworm Book Festival.

Rinker gets ready to dig into a Tiny and the Big Dig-inspired cake at the festival.

The author high-fives a student at John Weldon Elementary in St. Charles, Mo.