OUR STORY Big World of Little Dude was inspired when I began volunteering with Little Dude, my therapy dog, with The Good Dog Foundation. It is through this experience that I had a revelation about kindness – that it is reciprocal and a small act of kindness can have a large impact. I began bringing Little Dude into an early childhood classroom to teach children about kindness and it ignited a journey of research into social and emotional learning for young children. I learned that kindness can be taught. This led me to write social and emotional themed books and curriculum for families and teachers. In 2014, Big World of Little Dude was born! Our mission is to support you at home and in the classroom, to help you nourish the little humans in your lives.
FOUNDER Cara Zelas is an author and educator originally from Sydney, Australia and now lives between Byron Bay and New York City. Cara received her Bachelor of Media Communications and Bachelor of Education Degrees as well as an Early Childhood Montessori Certification. Cara is in the process of completing a Master of Education, specializing in leadership and literacy. Little Dude has taught Cara and countless children that being kind to others is contagious.