News + Events

May 2020
Doley Supports Distance Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic
550 Doley Books and Reading Guides were donated to all K-2 students at Bridgeport Elementary School. This bilingual book and accompanying bilingual reading guide were designed to help parents tutor their children in either Spanish or English. The guide has 134-question and answers that parents can use to work with their children in either language to help them think beyond the text. What a thrill to share Doley books in this way and to help support learning during the pandemic!

June 2019
Donation in Support of Portland, OR Pitbull Rescue
A generous and caring donor purchased $250 in Doley books to be donated to the cause of Pitbull Rescue in Portland, Oregon. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of this donor, Doley books were included in a raffle gift for community members who donated to the cause! Every rescue dog deserves the chance to find their forever family and loving home.

August 2018
Thank You, Frye Art Museum
The Frye Art Museum is one of the very best places to purchase Doley books. This particular Seattle block is my favorite as it is home to the Frye Museum and St. James Cathedral. It is a peaceful part of the city. Visiting there for a moment to drop off this recent order was a walk down memory lane. Thank you for your support and partnership, Frye Museum Store!

July 2017
Doley Goes to Costa Rica
Thank you to the students and staff at Intercultura Language School in beautiful Samara, Costa Rica. What a a fantastic opportunity to share Doley’s story! Pura Vida!

March 2017
Updated Cover for The Caravan of Colors
The second book in the Doley series has a NEW cover, featuring the Moonbeam Award Gold Medal emblem for the Best Spanish Language Book in 2016!

January 2017
A Year in Review
2016 was a year which brought pivotal moments for the Doley book series. Notably, the release of The Caravan of Colors, winning the Moonbeam Award’s Gold Medal for Best Spanish Language Book, and just before the year began, an interview on King 5’s New Day Northwest! The clip is now accessible on the website homepage. Last year, over 250 Doley books were donated to bilingual education programs in Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and locally in Seattle! Doley is more independent than ever after leaving Amazon this year. Books can be purchased directly through the Doley Facebook Page.

November 2016
Virtual School Visit to Owen Elementary School
What a special opportunity to present the Doley books to 250, 1st and 2nd grade students at Owen Elementary School in Illinois for via Facetime! The students were enthusiastic and prepared with many great questions about writing, Doley, Guatemala, volcanos, earthquakes and what it was like living in a treehouse with no electricity.

October 2016
Op Cit Bookstore in Taos, New Mexico
Doley is now available at Op Cit Book Store in beautiful Taos, NM! A fantastic book store filled with new, used and rare titles. Proud to have Doley there! www.opcit.com

Maria’s Bookshop in Durango, Colorado
Doley is now available in Durango, Colorado! Maria’s Bookshop is a delightful independent bookstore filled with a wide variety of titles for book enthusiasts. www.mariasbookshop.com

Storytime at Bootyland Kids
What a fun and special Doley book reading at this adorable, independent, family owned, children’s boutique in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood. Another fantastic local business where Doley can be found!

The Caravan of Colors is a Gold Medal Winner: Best Spanish Language Book
The Caravan of Colors wins the GOLD in The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Spanish Language category! Thank you, Marcio Diaz for your spectacular artwork!

September 2016
Books Donated to the Boruca Tribe 
Ten Doley books are on their way to Costa Rica through the amazing Margaret who made room in her bag to bring books to the Boruca Tribe. Thank you Margaret and thank you Amazing Grace for helping share Doley with this community. Vaya Con Dios!

Doley Available in New Seattle Retailers
Support local and independent businesses! Doley is now available at the following retail outlets in the Seattle area: Capers in West Seattle, Third Place Books, Top Ten Toys, Bootyland Kids, Casita International, Retroactive Kids, and Elliot Bay Books!

Fact & Fiction Welcomes Doley to Montana
Doley is now available at Fact & Fiction in Missoula, Montana. The next time you find yourself in Big Sky Country, stop in to this wonderful independent bookstore. Go Grizz! www.factandfictionbooks.com

August 2016
Ode To Learning Language School
Doley is being used at Ode To Learning language school! Owner and teacher, Alison Miller, finds the Doley books useful in her adult Spanish language classes. The Doley books support language learning for students of all ages. www.odetolearning.com

July 2016
Books to Children in Ecuador and Peru
128 Doley books were donated through Dr. Shaw, a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, who provides much needed medical care to children in Ecuador and Peru. This year, each child will receive a Doley book!

April 2016
Bridgeport Elementary School Visit
Bridgeport Elementary School welcomes us back to present the new book in the series: Doley the Guatemalan Street Dog: The Caravan of Colors. Bridgeport has been a huge supporter of the Doley books from the beginning. Thank you students and staff!

Book Signing at The Faded Cover
Thank you to The Faded Cover Bookstore in La Conner, WA for a fun day signing books in your delightful town!

February 2016
Books to Children in Ometepe, Nicaragua
35 copies of The Caravan of Colors will be given to schools and libraries for children in Ometepe, Nicaragua, thanks to Dallas Young of the BOSIA Library Committee! Learn more at www.bosia.org

January 2016
Doley in the Window at Elliott Bay Book Company
A proud moment in time for Doley, on display in the window at Seattle’s best bookstore!
www.elliottbaybook.com

December 2015
New Doley Book Release!
Doley the Guatemalan Street Dog: The Caravan of Colors
Join Doley on her latest adventure when the Caravan of Colors comes to town! Doley explores the world around her through the sense of sight.  Featuring breathtaking illustrations by Marcio Diaz. More…

Marcio Diaz Reviewed in The Seattle Times
Artist Marcio Diaz received a glowing review by Michael Upchurch in The Seattle Times for his recent exhibit at ArtXchange. More…

The Traveler & BOSIA Event
Thank you to everyone who participated in making this event a success! The Caravan of Colors was released at this event and artist Marcio Diaz was present to answer questions and share his artistic process. The Traveler has a long standing tradition of generously donating 5% of sales during the month of December to the Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Island Association. This year, they raised $3900 for BOSIA! It was a gift to be a part of raising money for this fantastic organization. To date, 20 Doley books and accompanying bilingual Reading Guides have been distributed to schools and libraries in Ometepe. More…

November 2015
Doley featured on What’s Up Bainbridge Podcast
Barbara Tolliver, owner of The Traveler gives a delightful interview on What’s Up Bainbridge. More…

Benefit Event at The Traveler on Bainbridge Island, Washington
The excitement is building as we prepare for this fun event on Saturday, December 5! The Traveler, on Bainbridge Island, invited author, Jill Brazier, to help kick off the grand opening of their new expanded location – including a children’s section featuring books, games, and travel accessories for kids. This event will feature a debut reading of the next book, The Caravan of Colors! Special edition proof copies of the book will be for sale, along with original paintings and select prints. More…

October 2015
The Caravan of Colors

The next book in the Doley series is nearly complete! In this adventure, the Caravan of Colors comes to San Marcos and Doley is captivated! More…

September 2015
Make Room for Doley in Forks, WA
Home of the Twighlight series, Forks, Washington welcomed Doley into their town library. Good thing Doley isn’t afraid of vampires or werewolves. More…

August 2015
Introducing Bella
Author Jill Brazier invites a new dog into her life….Bella! This sweet pup arrived from an overcrowded, high-kill shelter in California. Initially Bella was going to be a foster, but it soon became clear that she was meant to be a part of the family forever. More…

July 2015
El Tecolote Bookstore in Todos Santos, Mexico
25 signed Doley books were sent off to El Tecolote, a lovely bookstore in Todos Santos. Bookstore owner, Kate Lewis, sells books AND rescues street dogs. Thank you Kate for continuing to make room for Doley on your shelves for the past couple of years. Looking forward to visiting soon with the next book in the Doley series: The Caravan of Colors.  We are proud supporters of Kate and El Tecolote. Gracias Kate for supporting Doley! More…

Eve Panzer adds Doley to her list
Eve Panzer, the Barefoot Librarian, is an experienced school librarian for kindergarten through eighth grade schools with a passion for working with educators in their selection of the best of children’s literature. More…

June 2015
Latinos in Kid Lit Guest Blog
Read how “Jill’s Life with a Guatemalan Street Dog Became a Children’s Book.” Latino’s in Kid Lit is dedicated to engaging work about, for, and/or by Latinos, promoting literacy and the love of books within the Latino community, encouraging interest in Latino children’s literature, and sharing useful perspectives and resources for writers, authors, illustrators, librarians, parents, teachers, scholars, and other stakeholders in literacy and publishing. More…

May 2015
Small World Books in Venice, California
Author Jill Brazier visits Small World Books in Los Angeles, on the historic Venice Beach Boardwalk. Small World Books is a wonderful independent bookstore and purveyor of literature dedicated to the principle that “the book you want is the book you should have”. Thank you to Small World for supporting Doley! More…

April 2015
Read with Doley Bilingual Reading Guide
Now parents, teachers, and tutors can download the companion guide for FREE! This bilingual reading guide is a marvelous educational tool. Parents, teachers, and tutors can use the 134 bilingual questions and answers presented in the guide to engage students in conversation and language learning. More…

March 2015
Color Our World Event in Tualatin, Oregon
Bridgeport Elementary School invited author, Jill Brazier, to participate in their annual Color Our World Event!  Jill enjoyed teaching writing workshops to K-5th grade students as a part of this fantastic event celebrating art and color – a perfect venue for Doley! More…

January 2015
Doley Book II: The Caravan of Colors
When it comes to creating a Doley book, collaborating with artist Marcio Diaz, is one of the most exciting and rewarding parts of the process.  Marcio brings the story to life with his rich, colorful paintings.  More…

December 2014
Doley Books Donated to Schools in Nicaragua
The Bainbridge Ometepe Sister Islands Association (BOSIA) purchased 30 Doley books to be donated to schools in Ometepe, Nicaragua. More…

November 2014
Doley Visits Bridgeport Elementary School in Tualatin, Oregon
Doley and author, Jill Brazier, enjoyed a special day at Bridgeport Elementary School presenting Doley and the inspiration for the series to nineteen different classes from K-5th grade, in both Spanish and English. More…

September 2014
Doley Plush Arrives
The prototype for the Doley plush is complete!  There is only one Doley plush toy in the world for now, but someday, this adorable prototype will be used to manufacture many more sweet Doley stuffies for kids to cuddle with while they read the book. More…

June 2014
Ashland Oregon’s Tree House Books

Doley sits happily on the shelf at Tree House Books in Ashland, Oregon. This independent bookstore provides a creative, imaginative space for children to explore and discover. More…

May 2014
5,000 Doley Books Printed ~ 2nd Edition
Doley is looking better than ever thanks Marcio Diaz’s beautiful artwork and superior quality printing by Image Pressworks. In May 2014, 5,000 Doley books were ready for pick up at Image Pressworks’ top of the line facility in Portland, Oregon. More… 

January 2014
El Tecolote Bookstore in Todos Santos, Baja
Doley, my best friend and traveling companion, passed away a few years ago. These days, I get a kick out of traveling with Doley in a new way: filling my suitcase with Doley books and traveling to different towns, cities, and countries to share this delightful book! Our recent trip to El Tecolote Bookstore in Todos Santos, located on the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula, is particularly memorable. More…

December 2013
Doley Books Donated to Children in Guatemala
Thanks to the generosity of travelers on a recent trip to Guatemala with Corazon Scarves, 21 Doley books were donated to children and community centers in Guatemala. Thank you for making room in your suitcases for Doley! More…

November 2012
Doley Visits Beacon Hill International School
Author, Jill Brazier, presented Doley to four of the school’s bilingual elementary school classes in their colorful library. The students had lots of questions – particularly about what it was like to live in a tree-house! A copy of Doley was donated to this wonderful school, for kids to enjoy for years to come. More…

November 2012
Interview on KUOW’s Weekday
Listen below to Jill Brazier’s interview with Producer, Katy Sewall, on 94.9 KUOW’s show Weekday. More…

May 2012
Book Launch

Watch Jill read from Doley at the official book launch, May 2012. More…

WP-Backgrounds Lite by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann 1010 Wien