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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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!
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!
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…