AL and TEDDY is a new picture book written and illustrated by Neil Waldman.  It is the first book published by Dream Yard Press, a not-for-profit publisher of children’s books in the Bronx.  All profits from book sales will be used to support the Fred Dolan art Academy, a free Saturday school for young Bronx artists.  It’s the academy’s mission to help these youngsters to develop their art skills, while encouraging them to raise their grades, so that they can go to college.  In the academy’s first seven years, twenty-three students have graduated, all twenty-three going on to college with scholarships.  They’ve been accepted at Dartmouth, the Rhode Island School of Design, NYU, USC, the Chicago Art Institute, and many other top colleges.  It is our hope that through sales of AL and TEDDY, we’ll be able to make the academy available to a greater number of young Bronx artists.