Two Washington State creators teamed up to create a series of whimsical Dachshund children’s books that that inspire kindness and imagination.
Writer Kizzie Elizabeth Jones (Edmonds) imagines stories that use her favorite dog breed – the Dachshund – and other animals to model and honor kindness, compassion, collaboration, and diversity.
“I hope each time the books are read, seeds are planted to further the cause for a gentleness of spirit for all humanity and nature,” said Kizzie. “Picture it: a world of friends delighting in the whimsy of life, bringing out the best in one another. I can think of no greater legacy.”
Her first book How Dachshunds Came to Be won first-place awards in the Tall Tales category of Readers’ Favorite, the National Indie Excellence Book Award for Cover and Graphic Design, and New York’s Beach Book Festival.
She also won first place for nonfiction writing from the Write on the Sound writers’ conference.
Kizzie teamed up with artist and illustrator Scott Ward (Bellingham) to bring her story to life through beautiful, full-color images with character.
His illustrations and paintings of people, animals, and stunning landscapes, are characterized by bold color, careful attention to light and shadow, and graceful lines.
Dachshund Books by Kizzie Elizabeth Jones
How Dachshunds Came to Be – A Tall Tale About a Short, Long Dog
A tall tale not just for dog lovers everywhere, but for all young readers who ever wished for a friend.
In this book, discover how creatures of the ocean, the power of love, and the magic of the sea came together to make a little girl happy.
A little girl who lives by the sea and loves to go to the beach is sad because she can’t bring animals home with her. Her animal friends, seeing her sadness, create an animal that the can take home with her.
Guess what they came up with? Three Dachshunds!
How Dachshunds Came to Be won first-place awards in the Tall Tales category of Readers’ Favorite, the National Indie Excellence Book Award for Cover and Graphic Design and New York’s Beach Book Festival.
This book is available in 4 languages – English, Spanish, German, and French.
A Tall Tale About a Dachshund and a Pelican – How a Friendship Came to Be
In this charming sequel to How Dachshunds Came to Be, true friendship is not just about looking past each other’s differences … it’s about discovering and celebrating those differences.
This book is also available in English, Spanish, German, and French.
The Dachshund Coloring Book
This Dachshund coloring book is a companion to A Tall Tale About a Dachshund and a Pelican.
It features the same heartwarming story and illustrations except that the illustrations are line drawings.
This means a child can fill in the colors they see in their imagination while hearing the story, which can allow them to more fully connect with the message.
A Tale About Dachshunds in Costumes – How MORE Dogs Came to Be
Dachshunds in Costumes is a creative story that gives a lighthearted explanation for how the different breeds of dogs came to be.
A troupe of dachshunds plays dress-up in strewn-about vegetation after an autumn storm.
Just like young children, they love their new costumes and don’t want to change.
Through the power of love and magic, they stay in their costumes and overnight become other dog breeds.
As with Jones’ previous books, we see the gift of self-acceptance in this story.
This is Kizzie’s newest book and is currently available in both English and Spanish.
Where Can I Purchase These Books?
Kizzie’s books can be found at several independent bookstores throughout the Pacific Northwest.
- Waterfront Coffee, Edmonds, WA
- Edmonds Bookshop, Edmonds, WA
- The Neverending Bookshop, Edmonds, WA
- The Rose Gift House and Coffee, Renton, WA
- Basecamp Books and Bites, Roslyn, WA
- River Walk Books, Chelan, WA
- Sandpiper Beach Resort gift shop, Pacific Beach, WA
- Colleen’s Coffee House, Long Beach, WA
- Beach Books, Seaside, OR
- Current and Furbish, Bellingham, WA
- Beach Crafters Mall Rockaway Beach, OR
- Village Gift Gallery Fireside Motel, Yachats, OR
Kizzie occasionally pops up at various book stores around the region to autograph books. You can find out where by keeping an eye on her Facebook page.
You can also order the English language versions Kizzie’s books online through Amazon.com using the links below.
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