About Linda Harkey

Linda Harkey loves dogs and loves teaching children. Her experiences as a mother, school teacher, volunteer docent and hunting dog owner have inspired her to write the award-winning children’s book series, Hickory Doc’s Tales.

For over 22 years she diligently worked as a volunteer docent at two outstanding museums in Oklahoma – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and Gilcrease Museum (Thomas Gilcrease Institute of American History and Art) in Tulsa.  During her tenure, she helped develop curricula for children’s programs and gave countless presentations to children both at the museums and local schools.

Linda is now the author of six children’s books:

  • The Budding Staff (2005)
  • Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation) (2017)
  • The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) (2018)
  • Solitary Toes and Brown-Headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) (2019)
  • Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale) (2019)
  • Doc’s Dog Days: A Hickory Doc’s Activity Book (2019)

She has also been featured in several magazines, including American Kennel Club Gazette, OKC Pets Magazine, Tulsa Pets Magazine, Story Monsters Ink (October 2018) and Tempo: Arts & Entertainment Magazine from The Taos News (July 2019).

Linda and her husband Michael have two children and three grandchildren. They currently live on Ocate Mesa in New Mexico.

Awards for Linda’s Books

  • RWYK (Read With Your Kids) “Certified Great Read”
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Award – Finalist
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack:  First Generation)
  • RWYK (Read With Your Kids) “Certified Fun Read
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack:  First Generation)
    Solitary Toes and Brown-headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2020 Next Generation Indie Book Award – Finalist – Series (Fiction)
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack: First Generation)
    The Remarkable Story of Willie the Crow (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
    Solitary Toes and Brown-headed Cowbirds (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
    Doc, Willie, and the Pack: Secrets, Gifts, Family (A Hickory Doc’s Tale)
  • 2020 Eric Hoffer Award – Book Category Finalist
    Doc’s Dog Days (A Hickory Doc’s Activity Book)
  • 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Contest – First Place: Animals/Pets
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack:  First Generation)
  • 2019 Purple Dragonfly Book Contest – Honorable Mention: Chapter Books
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack:  First Generation)
  • 2019 American Fiction Award – Finalist: Juvenile Fiction
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack:  First Generation)
  • 2019 American Book Fest “Best Book” Awards  – Finalist: Children’s Educational
    Hickory Doc’s Tales (The Pack:  First Generation)