Kelley Donner

Artist, illustrator, and

children’s book author

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A Little Donnerwetter Books


Ball! Ball! Ball!
Writer/Illustrator/Book Design

The first in the Happy Heads series, Ball! Ball! Ball! is an uplifting sensory story about a boy with autism and his obsession with all things round. All illustrations are cut fabric and yarn.

Available on
Amazon June 15, 2019!

hardcover, softcover and ebook. ISBN 978-1-73-395951-3

Little Jack Thomson’s Magnificent Brain
Writer/Illustrator/Book Design

The second book in the Happy Heads series, Little Jack Thomson’s Magnificent Brain is a book about Jack, his imagination, and his mother’s unconditional love and support. I am currently doing the finishing touches on the illustrations all linocut with watercolor.

Available this fall on Amazon.

For more information about how I made the illustrations in this book, please click the link below.

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The Happy Heads Series

The Happy Heads Series was created with the belief that all children, especially those with special needs and autism, need to be able to relate to characters in picture books.

“Although no two children are alike, many books about special needs give the impression that all children with a specific disability or need are the same. As you know, this is far from the truth. One child may make eye-contact, while another may not. One child may be sensitive to touch, while another may love getting hugs. This is why each of the books in the Happy Heads Series tells the story of only one child and his or her challenges and triumphs. I personally hope that in doing so we can share a more realistic representation of disabilities and autism and help raise awareness about important conditions that many children face such as sensory integration, obsessive compulsive disorder, dyslexia, and anxiety.” - Kelley Donner


Ball! Ball! Ball!
Tie-in Sensory Activites

This month I visited a special education classroom in Bangabandhu Primary School in London which was using Ball! Ball! Ball! for their Topic (main subject of curriculum for a term in the UK). Maddi Outram had done a wonderful job combining sensory fun activities with elements from the book. I have written about this visit on my blog A Little Donnerwetter. If you would like to see various sensory tie-in activities, please click the link below.

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Next Steps
Further books and ideas

I am currently in the process of finishing further stories for the Happy Head Series. The following titles are currently being edited or illustrated:

Nothing Happened - Relates to obsessive compulsive disorder/anxiety

Look Me in the Nose: Susie Pickle explains emotions - Relates to girls with autism/eye-contact/reading emotions/face blindness

Goodbye Christmas - Relates to autism/hoarding/process of giving inanimate objects feelings

If you are interested in being my agent. Please use the contact form at the bottom of this webpage.


Art with kids

I am very lucky to have three budding artists in my house. Whenever I sit down at the kitchen table with a project I am always joined by at least one of my boys. I love watching them discover their talents and become better artists. At Christmas time we usually make Christmas cards to sell at a local fair. These cards were made by my boys Jonas, 9 and Lukas, 7.

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My artwork

I have loved art since I was little. Although I have always loved to paint, my favorite medium is linocut with its strong black and white edges. I am amazed how it is possible to draw wind with only black and white and to create feelings where there is only emptiness on a page.



Please contact me if you would like more information regarding my children’s books, illustrations and artwork or if you are interested in having me come speak to your school or conference. Many of my linocuts are also available for sale.

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