THE STORY BEHIND
ALLY LOVES PAJAMAS

ALL GOOD IDEAS START SOMEWHERE

When our daughter, Alyssa was 3 she was obsessed with pajamas. It was a challenge some days to get her to change into other clothes. One night during our routine bedtime story I decided to share with her a tale of my own; about a girl and her funny fascination with pajamas.

As I laid in bed my thoughts kept wandering back to her giggles and I felt the urge to write it down. I decided to share it with my husband, Paul and asked if he could illustrate it for me - the thought was to create a book as a keepsake for Alyssa.

We sat down and I brainstormed all my ideas for the illustrations as he jotted down notes. Days later he showed me a few of his preliminary drawings. His images captured all the scenes from the story so perfectly that I knew it was definitely something other kids would enjoy reading.

This was the start of our book journey, and for myself, finally fulfilling a dream of becoming an author.

Our inspiration for Ally

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"If you can dream it, you can do it."
Walt Disney

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Author

 MEET CHRISTINA

  • Avid reader - no surprise

  • Loves gardening - green thumb inherited from parents

  • Best relaxing technique - hiking

  • Enjoys taking nature photography

  • A little plant obsessed

  • Enjoys challenging jigsaw puzzles

  • Favorite animal - horse is her spirit animal, dogs are her favorite pets

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Illustrator

 MEET PAUL

  • Wood craftsman - repurposing old wood into new pieces

  • Favorite animal - beaver 

  • Best relaxing technique - restoring vintage bicycles

  • Drawing is not his profession - just for his wife

  • Collects antique tin toys

  • Worst offender for dad jokes

MEET  THE  CHARACTERS

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ALYSSA

  • The real life Ally

  • Loves horses and dogs

  • Addicted to pickles

  • Could live in her pajamas

  • Obsessed with stuffed animals

  • Enjoys outdoor adventures

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NATHAN

  • Ally's brother

  • Enjoys wood carving

  • Tech savvy

  • Sergeant (Canadian Army Cadets)

  • Painting landscapes

  • Gaming (of course)

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BUNNY BEAR

  • Ally's favourite stuffy

  • A bear with a bunny outfit

  • Alyssa's brother gave Bunny Bear to her the day she was born

  • Has travelled everywhere Alyssa has gone

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BEAR

  • Chow Chow - our rescue dog

  • Very slow leisurely walks

  • Snored extremely loud

  • Favorite spot - under the deck in her dirt spot

  • Shook water everywhere

  • Gentle bear, sweetest soul

"Seeing the world through the eyes of a child is the purest joy that anyone can experience."
Constance Zimmer

Our Favorite Things

DIFFERENT THINGS MAKE CHILDREN THINK AND FEEL DIFFERENT THINGS

 

Children grow attached to various toys, food, colors, and so many other aspects in their lives. Every age, seems to spark new likes and dislikes. It may be a mystery to adults, but ask a child why they love something and they will be able to share so many reasons why.

This series is a celebration of all those things. Seen through the glorious eyes of a child.

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"Celebrate the little things. It will bring your life joy in unexpected ways."
Dragonfly Story Time

Ally Loves Pajamas

DO YOU LOVE STAYING IN YOUR PAJAMAS?

Ally certainly does! She would happily stay in them all day long.

 

Join Ally as she shares some of her favorite things to do while wearing her pajamas and why they bring her such comfort and joy. 

How do your pajamas make you feel? Do you have one that makes you think of a special memory? Does a certain design on one inspire you to dream of something? 

 

Explore all the wonder of pajamas, and why they made Ally’s list of favorite things. A story that will spark giggles and conversation.

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TESTIMONIALS

Corry Rodrigues,
Teacher

The story can spark dialogue... about a number of things really. Pajamas of course, but also about the kinds of things that bring you comfort, make you feel better when you're feeling down, things that give you a warm and cozy feeling. In school we talk so much about mindfulness and help students tune into their feelings and the things in their life that bring them joy and comfort. 

Lor Bingham, Editor
Calico Editing 

I love it! Such a wonderful story and so fun and light-hearted, a real breath of fresh air...I think it works really well and it can help the reader to be imaginative too and maybe realize things they didn’t before – that pajamas make them think of certain things or feel comforted or imagine being a vet etc. It’s fabulous and it does make me want to know what else Ally will love next and where her imagination will take her!