For the Media


Dori Hillestad Butler is a chapter book series and mystery author who is eager to share her love of story with readers of all ages. She’s written magazine stories, educational materials, plays, book reviews, characters for a board game, and by the end of 2017 she will have published 52 books for kids, including 10 that were “ghostwritten.” She’s been nominated for children’s choice awards in 19 different states, and her Trading Places with Tank Talbott won Maryland’s Black-Eyed Susan Award in 2008. Her Buddy Files: Case of the Lost Boy won the 2011 Edgar Award for the best juvenile mystery published in 2010.  Dori has two grown sons. She lives in Kirkland, WA with her husband and a big black dog named Mouse. She enjoys reading, playing the mandolin, teaching her dog new tricks, zumba, hiking, biking, and a good game of Scrabble!

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When my books were first published as e-books with Open Road Media, they sent a film crew out to Iowa to interview me and follow me around. I blogged about that HERE. Here are links to some of those videos:

THIS ONE is just about me.
THIS ONE features me, Anna Perera, Patricia Reilly Giff and Peter Lerangis talking about “Turning Kids into Readers.”
THIS ONE features me, Rose Styron, Jean Craighead George and Don Miller talking about “Authors Pets.”


Read my interview with the Park Ridge Public Library Children’s Staff HERE
Read my interview with Seattle Mystery Bookshop HERE