New Member, Blue Dot Kids
Welcome to the Children’s Book Council, Blue Dot Kids Press!
What’s the origin story of Blue Dot Kids Press?
Our name, Blue Dot Kids Press, is a nod to Carl Sagan’s famous ode to our home, planet earth, the pale blue dot. A reminder to us all to preserve and care for our home.
With 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.
Our books spark important conversations at home and in the classroom. We aim to illuminate diverse global voices and champion stories that cross borders and connect us all. Stories are powerful vehicles of empathy, and our books widen the lens of what it means to live on planet earth.
Last but not least, Blue Dot Kids Press believes that business can be a force for good not only in content but also in creation. All of our books are printed on FSC-certified paper with vegetable-based inks. We are a proud member of 1% for the Planet, and contribute 1 percent of annual sales to environmental causes.
What are some titles you’re proud to have published and why?
We published eight thoughtfully-crafted titles on our debut 2020 list.
On our recent fall list, we are very proud that The Day Saida Arrived was named a 2020 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalist. Also from our fall list, we were thrilled that Jacob’s Fantastic Flight earned three starred reviews. Booklist called Jacob’s Fantastic Flight “delightful,” Publishers Weekly praised its “assured, Roald Dahl-leaning storytelling,” and Kirkus Reviews loved its “high-flying humor and heart.”
You’re based in both SF and New Zealand, how did that come about?
I have dual citizenship in the United States and New Zealand. I bring this global perspective to the Blue Dot Kids Press list.
Where can librarians, educators and booksellers learn more about Blue Dot Kids Press?