In 2009, “Charlie and His New Friend” was released when Layne and Pat Sciacca, the original illustrator of “Charlie” and Layne’s sister, collaborated once again after 35 years.
Layne's literacy program message "Celebrating Our Differences" was one she knew had to get out into the schools, so in 2012, she published the fourth book in this series, "Charlie and The School Bully". When Charlie witnesses another dog being bullied at school, he wants to help but doesn't know what to do. He later meets the bully and learns why the bully is that way.
Each book was written to help children understand that our differences are what make us who we are and they should be celebrated. Charlie will always use his "tail" which is what makes him different, to do something positive.
And, the second edition of “Inspirations From My Family and Friends” was published as well.