Across languages and across borders, stories are magic. Storytelling connects us to each other and to who we are. Our innate appreciation for story is part of what makes us human.
In the hands of a child, a book is a portal to infinite possibility. When a beautifully crafted story engages a child’s natural curiosity, their world expands, as does their sense of self. In this way, a colorful stack of books carried home from the library or bookstore creates ripples of connection and inquiry.
These are the types of books that Blue Dot Kids Press creates. We publish stories that connect us to each other—and to the home we call Earth.
With irrepressible hopefulness and courage, we aspire to empower the next generation of global citizens with empathy, resilience, creativity, and the shared value of nature and its stewardship.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena… There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.
—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
Blue Dot Kids Press believes that business can be a force for good not only in content but also in creation. We prioritize sustainability in everything we do. The materials that comprise our books are ingredients you can feel good about having in your classroom, library, and home.
We are a proud member of 1% for the Planet, and will contribute 1 percent of annual sales to environmental causes.
We care about the safety of our readers and production staff, which is why all of our printing inks are vegetable based. We only use paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™, the gold standard in forest management and responsibly sourced paper.
Our print suppliers recycle paper offcuts and wastage. Our packaging is made from recycled material and recycled again after use.
We continually work with our partners and suppliers to reduce the overall environmental impact, thinking about our entire supply chain including our printers and distribution network.
Heidi Hill: Founder, Publisher & Acquiring Editor
Blue Dot Kids Press founder, publisher and acquiring editor Heidi Hill grew up in Northern California amid stacks of picture books, Sundays spent reading in the grass. Heidi’s family instilled in her a love of reading, the necessity of contribution, a reverence for the outdoors, and a persuasive dose of entrepreneurialism.
Heidi interspersed post-secondary education with international travel, including teaching English in both Nepal and Spain, and ultimately earned a BA in journalism as well as an MBA. Now, Heidi maintains this international perspective, alongside her curious preschool-age son and Kiwi husband, by working from both the San Francisco Bay Area, USA and Nelson, New Zealand. Heidi’s professional experience includes leadership roles with Pearson Education, eBay Marketplaces, Dolby Labs, and Heyday Books.
In 2018, Heidi began work in earnest on what would be the organic next step in her pathway: launching Blue Dot Kids Press, a children’s book publishing house devoted to captivating stories and spectacular illustrations that build relationships to the natural world and our global community. She is also an active member of the Sierra Club and the Children and Nature Network.
For each book project, Heidi collaborates with a passionate and experienced team of consulting editors, designers, and marketing staff.
Consulting Editor-at-Large: Summer Dawn Laurie
Summer has worked at Chronicle Books for Children, in both the marketing and editorial departments and at Tricycle Press, the children's imprint of Ten Speed Press in Berkeley, California. As Senior Editor, Summer worked on over 50 published books across varied genres—picture books, board books, novels, activity books, fiction and nonfiction for young people up to age 12. She is now an independent editor, working to strengthen each word her clients write and helping guide them through the often labyrinthine route to publication.
Summer is also a children’s specialist at independent bookseller Books Inc. She spent five years as the founding chair of the NCIBA (Northern California Independent Booksellers' Association) Children's Alliance. Summer currently sits on advisory councils for both BAC Group and the ABC Group of the American Booksellers Association. Summer lives in San Francisco, California.
Consulting Editor-at-Large: Michelle McCann
Michelle is a passionate children's book editor, art director and writer with 30 years of experience. She has worked on every genre, from board books to young adult novels.
Michelle has worked for small, regional presses and big national houses including Sasquatch Books, West Margin Press and Simon & Schuster/Beyond Words Publishing. She has also written 12 award-winning children’s books of her own and taught Children's Book Publishing to graduate students at PSU for 13 years. Michelle lives in Portland, Oregon.
Production & Design Manager: Julie Collins
Julie graduated from Portland State University in 2020 with a MS in Book Publishing, where she focused on project management and book design. Her research in the program pursued the question: "Why should a publishing house consider becoming an eco-publisher?" Julie loves working with others in the publishing industry who are concerned with running environmentally sustainable business.
With experience working around the world in childcare, animal care, and a variety of arts positions, Julie enjoys applying her diverse skillset to the collaborative task of making books that provide joy and understanding to readers—no matter who or where they are. Julie offers freelance services in production, project management, art direction, and book design from her current base in Washington state.