Hello! My name is Heather Thornton and I am the author and illustrator behind the books and designer behind the brand whirlykidde. I am a designer and artist in Chicago. whirlykidde is a poetic collection of books and children's clothing in sizes 2T-6 handmade in Chicago.

There are millions of choices out there in the market place as far as children’s products but I’d like to think you and I have a common place together as parents. I am a mother of two children. I started writing because I have a son with autism. I quickly became accustomed to writing my son social stories when he started preschool. This is the reason poetry books are included with my children’s clothing line. Each garment comes with an e-book download that coordinates with the clothing collection.

I personally design each fabric print and create each character and illustration. All fabrics are sourced from the USA. Organic fabrics are used when available. All garments are made to order in the USA. The fabrics are printed using a digital printing process using eco-friendly, water-based inks on natural fibers. This process wastes less fabric and uses less resources.

When I think about meeting my customers face to face, I think about myself on the other side instead of the one trying to guess what you would like to buy. I try to see things from your point of view. Everything is made with love and dedication. Everything is cut by hand and sewn by me including the buttons. Every book illustration is thoughtfully planned out and drawn to scale to fit into little hands so they will get excited about the characters in the books.

If you ever have any suggestions or ideas regarding design or books, please email me at info@whirlykidde.com
I'd love to hear your feedback! Heather xoxo

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