Norbert's Little Lessons for a Big Life (Hardcover)

By Julie Steines, Virginia Freyermuth, Mr. Mark Steines (Photographs by)

Gallery Books, 9781501187315, 144pp.

Publication Date: October 10, 2017

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/14/2020)

List Price: 12.99*
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Norbert, the Internet’s cutest and most popular therapy dog, shares the lessons he’s learned from being a three-pound hero and philanthropist, demonstrating that you don’t need to be big to make a big difference in the world.

Philosopher, intuitive healer, and fashion-forward snappy dresser, Norbert the tiny, mixed-breed therapy dog with a big heart shares his lessons on friendship, individuality, family, love, and more to help you shift your perspective and focus on what really matters in life. With fifty accompanying photographs throughout the book, Norbert hopes to continue his goal to spread smiles, inspire kindness, and bring comfort to those in need.

About the Author

Julie Steines and her three-pound registered therapy dog, Norbert, have built a global audience of two million highly engaged followers, known as The Norberthood. Through social media she promotes kindness, compassion, and spreading smiles. Julie and Norbert volunteer at hospitals, nursing homes, and charitable causes to bring comfort and smiles to people of all ages. Her websites are and

Virginia Freyermuth, MFA, PhD, artist and national award-winning art educator, is the coauthor of Norbert’s Little Lesson’s for a Big Life. She illustrated Norbert’s children’s book series, along with her writing partner and daughter Julie Steines, winning nine prestigious book awards. Together they are owners of Polly Parker Press, a kindhearted education and publishing company. Her website is

Photographer Mark Steines is known as one of the entertainment industry’s most dynamic and well-respected television journalists. The Emmy Award-winning host television credits include Nat Geo Wild’s Animal ER Live, KTLA’s Rose Parade broadcast, Home and Family, and Entertainment Tonight. His photography book See the Light: A Passage to Sierra Leone documents the Light House Medical Mission’s trip to raise awareness for fresh water in impoverished countries. His website can be found at