Creating beautiful books for babies and toddlers takes the time and talent of many different people. Or, as we often say: It takes a Cottage! So we wanted a fun way to showcase the diverse skills and interests of the people we work with—whether Cottage Door employees or collaborators. Enter the Instagram Takeover!

Instagram Takeover

Once a month, an employee, illustrator, literacy expert, or children’s book enthusiast will be taking over our Instagram account for the day to share interesting tidbits about themselves and their unique perspectives on children’s books and life. These are the people who help make our books special and make us excited to go to work every day.

The fabulous Joy Steuerwald, illustrator of our book Peek-a-Flap: Moo, kicked things off back in May. Joy shared her thoughts on the book, her inspirations for the illustrations, and a special “lunch note” tradition she has with her son.



Angie Hodges, our Senior Art Director, took over for us in June and offered a peek at the cute creative space at Cottage Door Press and the awesome decisions (glitter, or more glitter?!?) that an Art Director faces. She also shared with us her love of photography and sewing!


July brought us to Hawaii, where illustrator Kat Uno lives. Kat has illustrated a few titles for us, including Good Night Point ‘n’ Match and Sweet Little Unicorn. Her Takeover offered us delicious-looking shaved ice and a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at a digital illustrator’s computer. Look at all those layers!


Jodie Rodriguez, the founder of the early literacy blog Growing Book by Book, took over in August. Jodie’s 20 years of experience as a reading specialist, literacy coach, and curriculum coordinator give her unique insight into the benefits of reading aloud to children as well as the best resources to help with early literacy development. We encourage you to check out Growing Book by Book for tips and recommendations.


We have many more fun Takeovers planned in the upcoming months. We hope you’ll follow us, and our Takeover collaborators, to learn more about the people behind our smart, fresh, and innovative board books.