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Blue Dot Kids Press Launches Inaugural Season

For Immediate Release

New Children’s Book Publisher Blue Dot Kids Press to Publish Stories Connecting Kids to Global Community, Nature, and the "Pale Blue Dot We Call Home”

Spring 2020 brings the launch of Blue Dot Kids Press and its inaugural list of four picture books and one art-and-craft book, written and illustrated by impassioned storytellers and artists from around the world, for children ages three to eight years old.

Blue Dot Kids Press grew from the desire “to publish stories that engage young readers’ innate sense of wonder and empathy, connecting them to our global community and the pale blue dot we call home,” says founder and publisher Heidi Hill. “With irrepressible hopefulness and courage, we aspire to embolden the next generation of global citizens with empathy, resilience, creative thinking, and the shared value of nature and its stewardship.”

Located in San Francisco, United States, and Wellington, New Zealand, the company’s purpose is evident in the books they publish as well as in their business practices. Blue Dot Kids Press prioritizes sustainability in everything they do. As a proud member of 1% for the Planet, they will contribute 1% of annual sales to environmental causes. Blue Dot Kids Press prints on paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™ and uses vegetable-based inks.

Featuring authors and artists from Japan, Iran, Australia, and Italy, to name a few, the debut list features:

Under My Tree, by Muriel Tallandier, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa (April 2020). This modern take on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree celebrates the friendship between a curious child and her favorite tree. Author residence: France; Illustrator residence: France

Who Will It Be? How Evolution Connects Us All, by Paola Vitale, illustrated by Rossana Bossù (April 2020). From fish to frogs to humans, Who Will It Be? introduces the theory of evolution, exploring connections between humans and all life on Earth. Author residence: Italy; Illustrator residence: Italy

Ivy Bird, by Tania McCartney, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft (April 2020). Ivy spends her day with the birds—sipping nectar and splashing in the pond in this joyfully written celebration of birds and imaginative play. Author residence: Australia; Illustrator residence: Australia

My Favorite Memories, by Sepideh Sarihi, illustrated by White Raven Award–winner Julie Völk (August 2020). Born and raised in Iran, author Sepideh Sarihi shares a simple story about moving to a new home, exploring themes of change and permanence. Author residence: Germany; Illustrator residence: Austria

Leafy Critters, by Yvonne Lacet (May 2020). An exuberant call to go out-side, Leafy Critters inspires a deep appreciation for nature, art, and animals through art-and-craft projects for kids of all ages. Author/Photographer residence: the Netherlands


Founded by publisher Heidi Hill and located in San Francisco, United States, and Wellington, New Zealand, Blue Dot Kids Press is a mission-driven trade children’s book publisher that focuses on fiction and nonfiction picture books, art-and-craft books, and activity books that build relationships to the natural world and our global community for children from birth to age eight. Themes include global citizenship, empathy, the environment, nature, and conservation. The first list debuts in April 2020; Blue Dot Kids Press titles are distributed by Consortium Book Sales and Distribution, an Ingram brand.


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