And I Smile is a children's book inspired by the generosity and thoughtfulness of Dakota Willink's daughter. It's part of The Dahlia Project, a series of works that vary in genre, in which all embrace diverse characters and current day world issues. Portions of the proceeds from each work in The Dahlia Project will go to various non-profit organizations.  Click HERE for more information.

​Marie Christy is the pseudonym for Dakota Willink, an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling Author.  The pen name, Marie Christy, was established to separate book genres so as not to confuse readers, and will be used for children's books, young adult fiction, and non-fiction projects.

Written by Marie Christy (Dakota Willink)
Illustrated by Jennifer Slater

"On the day you are born, I count your fingers and count your toes. 
Ten of each. Just like me. 
Your tiny eyes stare up at me.
And I smile."

So begins the story for children and adults alike. It's a tale about a mother teaching her growing child about the many differences that make this wonderful world, while focusing on the universal themes of diversity, kindness, and compassion.



This special collection of prose and poetry was created by survivors of sexual discrimination and/or abuse. These pieces were written specifically for audio and present a range of emotion, including anger. For too long, victims have been told to be quiet, to keep a secret, to be ashamed, to be blamed, and we now say No More. It is time to speak. It is time to form a chorus of voices that demand change, and encourages others to action. 


Edited by Tanya Eby. Assistant Editor: Karen White. Post production and original music by Amanda Rose Smith.  

Written by: Em Jae, E., Deepti Gupta, Suzanne Barbetta, Dee, Samantha MacLeod, Bronwyn Green, Rachel Fulginiti, Mary Caroline Smith, Jackie Rosenfeld, Tor Thom, Francesca Amari, Charlotte, Samantha Greene, Rachel Wisley, K.E. White, Emily Lawrence, Kali, Marie Christy, Carol Schneider, Anonymous, Sal, and Sahana Kumar.  

Performed by: Christa Lewis, Tanya Eby, Neil Hellegers, Emily Beresford, Hillary Huber, Deepti Gupta, Suzanne Barbetta, Beth Stewart, Madeleine Maby, Tavia Gilbert, Lisa Flanagan, Rachel Fulginiti, Donna Postel, Carly Robins, Tor Thom, Nicol Zanzarella, Caitlin Kelly, Erin Mallon, Karen White, Francesca Amari, Emily Lawrence, Megan Tusing, Cassandra Campbell, Carol Schneider, Sal, Lauri Jo Daniels, and Siiri Scott. 

Chorus performed by: Lauri Jo Daniels, Matt Godfrey, Amanda Dolan, Melissa Moran, Khristine Hvam, Jesse Vilinsky, Andrea Emmes, Ralph Lister, Angie Hickman, Stuart Poltrock, Joe Hempel, Laura Bannister, Natalie Naudus, Greg Tremblay, Elizabeth Wiley, Eve Passeltiner, Rosemary Benson, Emily Durante, Karen Commins, Helen Lloyd, Amy McFadden, Sophie Amoss, Suzanne Elise Freeman, Jane Oppenheimer, Lori Prince, David Stifel, Lacy Laurel, Denice Stradling, Pamela Lorence, Suzie Althens, Kelley Ernst, Becca Ballenger, Lauren Ezzo, Sarah Mollo Christensen, Patrick Lawlor, Carol Jacobanis, Rich Miller, Anne Flosnik, Shiromi Arserio, Meghan Kelly, Kate Rudd, and Caroline McLaughlin.