The Binding Tales Story

Situated in Hampden, Maine



Meet our family, and inspiration behind Binding Tales, Adam, Hillary, Eva, and Tyler Dow. Our family may be complete in numbers, but our growth is limitless. We love to spend time outdoors, walking, fishing, swimming, paddling, and we cherish family adventures. We read lots and lots of books and we always eat meals as a family, at the table. Time together is precious, yet there never seems to be enough of it.

So we’re building a business that places our family at the very center of everything. 


Eva is happiest when she is singing, dancing, and drawing (like her mommy), going on family outings, and she has an abundance of spunk. Look out teenage years, we may be in for it! She is our social butterfly, making lifelong friends everywhere she graces with her smile and presence. And she is a mermaid at heart who loves everything about the water. She and I have collaborated a lot on many of the Binding Tales books, a true inspiration!


Tyler is happiest throwing or kicking around a ball of any kind. Another true love (and borderline obsession) is lawn care. Around age 5 he asked for his reward at the end of a good behavior chart to be a grounds keeper two rake, for his very serious efforts to dethatch the lawn. He also asks the most miraculously inquisitive questions. Here’s one for you — Mama, what is the sky? Tell me something, how would you answer that one?



Hillary & Adam

If you ask me if I think true love exists, or if there are soulmates in this life, I will tell you yes I do, and yes there are. Some of us are fortunate enough to find each other. In and amongst our family time, I may be sewing a crazy quilt square or cooking a fun new recipe, while Adam may be out turkey hunting, cycling, or fishing in the pond. We both work very hard and do our best to set good examples for Eva and Tyler. That commitment spills over into the ways in which we embrace a life filled with adventures and time to connect.

With my love of art and a shared fascination with business, what began as a spark of an idea on the eve of a family road trip quickly blossomed into a full-fledged business plan in a matter of days. Never ones to let moss grow under our feet, we’re thrilled to focus on a rewarding venture that ties together every single corner of our life. And what a fabulous life it is!

Welcome to our journey, we hope you’ll join us for the adventure!

Binding Tales Hillary Dow



How This All Began—Paperback Activity Books

I solved a struggle that faces practically every parent, especially those with children who love to draw and write stories. As our family story evolves we amass stacks upon loose stacks of pages filled with artwork, writing assignments, and the treasured chronicles of our children’s young lives.

But what do we do with the stacks of paper? One box gets filled, then another, and another. With a heavy heart and dash of guilt, we (maybe) snap pictures of pages and toss the originals, with lofty aspirations of compiling images into books… but who has time for that? Like our second child’s baby book, some projects get put on hold for another day. And then another, and another. Am I right?

A parent's struggle - so much loose paper

So why not start with the end in mind?

Enter Binding Tales, bound paperback books that inspire and guide young authors with composition prompts and the launch points for their own illustrations.

Life, it’s all about the experiences we have and the people we share them with.

Our hope is that Binding Tales helps your family capture and create memories of your own. As our story and library of books grow, we would be honored to share in the growth of your young author!

How will you preserve your story?

Even with all of the pressures of life, we make sure to carve out time together as a family. Having fun and educational activities to do together that ties all of our adventures and experiences into little paperback time capsules is awesome! The kids have a blast working on their books, we enjoy the process of helping them, and the keepsakes are priceless. We’d love for our books to become part of your story.

Binding Tales Hillary Dow