Little Ant Children's Books by Ilene Dudek

- An excerpt from Little Ant Saves the Day


- An excerpt from Little Ant Hears a Noise


​​​My Favorite Book to Write

Little Ant Saves the Day was my favorite book to write thus far! It introduces a new character with a big problem – a caterpillar with untied shoelaces! The little ant tries to help a friend tie his many shoes but gets them into a world of trouble instead. It isn’t long before he realizes that this trouble is what holds the key to his success!

As with all of my Little Ant books, this one was inspired by my own life experiences. When my oldest son was 5, he would be late for school every day because he couldn’t tie his shoes. I would teach him how to do it and he would still struggle and cry in frustration because he could never master the skill. He finally took matters into his own hands and just tied some knots into the laces. He would then slip them on and off every day in a much easier fashion.

This planted the seed.

Then last year, while we were on vacation, my 4-year-old son had trouble sealing the Velcro on his sneakers. They kept flopping open every few steps. This was unacceptable. He kept crying and acting as if he couldn’t walk with his shoes undone. I ran to the local dollar store (just what you want to do on vacation!) and picked up safety pins and extra shoelaces.

I proceeded to try and safety-pin the straps to the sneakers. If you’re ever in this situation, do not, I repeat, DO NOT try this! It was a total disaster! So instead of the shoes popping open every few steps, they popped open and poked my child’s foot! I finally decided to just loop the new laces through the straps and tie them up his leg. I essentially tied the shoes to his body. It was not pretty, but it worked!

This book pulls apart that one small problem and tries to solve it in many silly ways. It was really fun to write, and in the end, it actually surprised me. I wasn’t sure exactly how to end the book, and then one day, as I was driving to my mom’s house along Route 17, it just hit me. Like a bolt of lightning, it shocked me and made me laugh out loud. It was the perfect ending! So this book took me on an adventure, as well. It is silly and suspenseful, and kept me guessing the entire way!

​Little Ant Saves the Day was inspired by my children but explored through the eyes of one little ant. It was such a joy to write and even more fun to complete, and I hope you love it as much as I do!

- An excerpt from Little Ant on the Go

​​​​"Pools of chocolate can't be beat. Move it, bacon, that's my treat!"


- An excerpt from Little Ant & the Ice Cream Mystery



​"But the wind blew hard, and the tree came fast, and the little ant was about to...CRASH!"

This NEW colorful picture book features the lovable, little ant and his quest to solve the mystery of a missing ice cream cone. When his ice cream suddenly disappears, the ant must chase down clues and follow many wild leads to discover what happened to his favorite treat.
This is the fourth book in the Little Ant series. Perfect for children ages 3-8.


​​​​​"He was hooked like a worm and thrown to the fishes, and one of them thought he was truly delicious!"

​​"Swirling, whirling all around, what on earth could be that sound?"

​​How Little Ant Came to Be
It all started one day, when my son Alex was potty training. As he sat patiently on his Elmo potty, he asked me to tell him a story. If anyone has been down this road before, you know that this moment in time could take a while. So there I sat, spinning a tale for him to enjoy.

This is what inspired the first few pages of my book. This is where it all began. As I let my imagination run wild, he said to me, "And then what? And then what?" And so the little ant was born—making his way through a crazy world, running into many silly characters and going from one adventure to the next.

I had always wanted to write a children's book, so I later took pen (and marker!) to paper, and wrote and hand-drew my story. At times, I attempted to edit some details, but Alex was quick to remind me that I'd forgotten something. He was my audience, and my boss. He kept me on track with the story a 3-year-old wants to hear.

I believe this book started with my son, but was always inside me—as both boys keep me very much on the go. They are fun-loving, active kids who are always looking for the next big adventure. They find the fun in everything they do, and remind me every day to do the same!


My Inspiration

The second book in my Little Ant series was also inspired by my sons. I wrote it as a way to ease their fear of nighttime noises. In my house, when the lights go off, the noises come out! The heat comes on. The cat meows. Someone flushes the toilet. And both boys are up and calling my name.  

When I think back to when I was a kid, I was also afraid of the dark. I would hear a noise or see a shadow and that was all it took to get my imagination going. It was ironic—the creativity that brought joy and adventure to my days, now cursed my nights! I had to find a way to quiet my fears.

It wasn't long before I learned to change the picture (or story!) of the noise. I now hear the cat walking up creaky stairs instead of a ghost; and squirrels on the roof instead of rain. Since I couldn't change the noise itself, I had to change my interpretation of it. And this is what I hoped to convey through my story.

Now, when my children hear a noise at night, I say it's the neighbor outside or the cat downstairs. I give them something more fun and exciting to think about!