Melissa Joy Dittrich
Melissa's spark for telling stories and expressing them through art was ignited as a young girl as she entertained herself through the four distinct seasons of the Midwest. Endless summer days and frigid winters were often spent creating elaborate imaginary worlds and storylines or drawing for hours at a time. Currently, Melissa resides in California and enjoys fetching day dreams at coffee shops and traveling the world. She is passionate about encouraging children to cultivate their imaginations while fostering thoughts that cause them to flourish especially in areas of struggle.
Ms. Nancy Cope, First Grade Teacher
In this book Melissa touches the very soul of children with her playful story that will delight any age, young and old. She created a very sweet and thought provoking story that will inspire all its readers!
Tatiana Coundoul, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
There are not enough children’s books that represent components of emotional and mental health. The author does a lovely job incorporating magical elements of rhyming and gorgeous illustrations as well as naming the experience of a child whose father struggles with sad days. It’s a story of resilience and hope. Sometimes Blue Daddi-o is a perfect addition to any therapy library or children’s library. It’s a great starting point to start talking with children about emotions and the healthy range of emotions. I plan to use this book with many of the children and families I work with.
Amy Leigh Wicks, PhD in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington
Melissa is a heartfelt artist, and this hand drawn book is a treasure to be passed down for generations. She has done something remarkable in capturing the gentle magic of tender pangs of childhood in a beautifully simple way.