Sunday, January 21st, 2018

Reindeer Dust: Interview With Author Kate Dwyer


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Reindeer Dust is a holiday picture book by Kate Dwyer. Also illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, the story is about the ritual of sprinkling “reindeer dust” on Christmas Eve to attract Santa’s reindeer.

Read about the hungry and harried reindeer who can’t find houses to land on through thick fog. Santa has a sled overflowing with presents, but he’ll never be able to deliver them if the reindeer don’t know where to land! One little boy, William, devises a plan: he mixes up a special batch of reindeer dust and he and his friends and family sprinkle it outside while reciting “I will always believe!” Through the fog, the reindeer are able to spot the glittering trail of reindeer dust, and Christmas is saved! At the back of the book, there is a special Reindeer Dust Recipe and poem to recite on Christmas Eve.

Reindeer Dust recipe

Kate Dwyer is a seasoned marketing executive and mom to 8-year old twins.  She is actively involved in several children’s charities and organizations. Reindeer Dust is the recent recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the IBPA Gold (for best cover design) and two Silver (for best first book and best interior design) Awards.


Read my quick Q&A with Kate!

What age group would you say this book is best for?

I would say it is ideal for preschool and elementary school-aged children. We started sprinkling Reindeer Dust when our twins were two years old. Seven years later, it is still one of our favorite holiday traditions.

Your children are under 10 – do they still believe in Santa Claus (I sure do!)?

Yes, and I love that they still believe. It makes the holidays that much more magical.

Did your children help with ideas for the book?

It was very much a family affair. They loved being involved and helped inform both the content and illustrations.

How long did it take to write the book?

I wrote the first draft over a weekend. After that, I continued to go back and refine and edit the content over a couple of months.

Any Christmas wishes in your household yet?

Oh, yes! My daughter wants anything related to soccer and the U.S. Women’s National Team. My son wants a Kindle Fire and a set of drums. And for me, I just can’t wait to see their faces on Christmas morning as they open their gifts.


Reindeer Dust is available at and

Reindeer Dust


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