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.


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.

More information coming soon!

​Marie Christy is the pseudonym for Dakota Willink, an award-winning Amazon International 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.