Dallas Clayton is an author and illustrator who brings an incredible sense of joy, wonder, possibility, and adventure with him wherever he goes. The way I like to describe him is a mashup of Dr. Seuss and John Lennon. He works with brightly colored visuals and strong thematic ideas cleverly disguised in words.
His Do-It-Yourself ethic lead him to self publish An Awesome Book in 2009, and once the internet grabbed a hold of it, it did not let go. He began to ship the book worldwide out of his livingroom and then piled into a van with some friends to challenge the idea of what a book tour could be. He now tours the world world reading to kids and collaborating on murals and showing them what it means to dream big.
He has since published a host of books, including An Awesome Book Of Thanks and An Awesome Book Of Love, and been able to work with a variety of publishers like Amazon and HarperCollins. In 2012 the story of his success was featured in an ad campaign for Google Chrome.
One of the things that I love about him is that early on in his journey he started the non-profit Awesome World Foundation to give away books and promote literacy.
His latest creation is Lily The Unicorn who is being developed as a television show.
I was first introduced to his creations through the short film for An Awesome Book Of Love. You can see the result below and I am sure you will find it as inspiring and moving as I did.
I am really excited to have Dallas on the Podcast for two reasons.
- His path has been one of exploration, experimentation, and a strong sense of questioning what is possible for himself and children of all ages everywhere.
- To paraphrase his own words, because he is taking something that makes him happy and using it to make other people happy.
IN THIS EPISODE:
- How growing up in the DIY culture shaped his world view
- When he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life
- How dreaming about a magical marshmallow machine and college can be the same thing
- The author who is a beacon in his life
- How he taught his son about chores by paying him to learn songs
- What he has learned by working with different publishers
- Why he loves people who play the unpopular instrument
“Be grateful for the things that you have on the way to achieving those dreams” – click to tweet!
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