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Open Door Press is a publishing company dedicated to children and the magic that comes from a beloved book.

Our muse, Ellie the Wienerdog, has inspired the Life’s Little Lessons children’s book series.  The series begins with Lesson #1, “It’s Hard to be Good.”  The book is laugh-out-loud fun for you and your child and it also serves as an educational resource when combined with the accompanying, in-depth Teacher’s Guide. 

Ellie’s second adventure in the Life’s Little Lessons series is “It’s Hard to Swim.” This book is also written with rhyming humor that is guaranteed to entertain young and old alike. Now with it’s own in-depth Teacher’s Guide it also offers a wonderful educational opportunity for teaching a valuable life lesson.

In order to offer our customers the perfect, creative, but educational gift giving experience, special versions of the books are available. Fans can choose to purchase “pawtographed” (signed by Ellie), author signed and personalized copies of each book when ordered directly from our website store.

To complete the Ellie the Wienerdog gift experience, we also offer adorable Ellie accessories like the super soft Ellie plush stuffed animal. Check back often to see the latest addition to our ever expanding Ellie the Wienerdog collectibles.

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About Kim Hales, Publisher and Author

Author KJ Hales and her

Kim Hales is an award-winning photographer, artist and writer who found inspiration in her wienerdog, Ellie. Because she has always believed in the power and magic of a good book, Kim dedicated herself to writing stories for children. She ended up building a publishing company that would celebrate books for the young and the young at heart.

Kim lives in southern California with her husband, her muse, Ellie the Wienerdog and Ellie’s little sisters, Ruby and Pepper.

About Serene Wyatt, Illustrator

Serene Wyatt illustrator

Serene Wyatt was born and raised in Michigan and has always been passionate about art and animals. In 2008, she attended the College for Creative studies in Detroit to receive her bachelors degree in fine art and animation.

She later went on to open her own studio that specializes in freelance illustration and character animation. She is the artist who has helped bring Ellie the Wienerdog to life.