Boise 8-year-old’s book builds waiting list over 5 years, inspires other young authors

But the library may have just created its youngest author profile on record in December with 8-year-old Dillon Helbig.

“There’s a great likelihood that that’s true,” library branch manager Alex Hartman said with a laugh.

It all started when Dillon, a second grader from Boise, visited the library with his grandma and clutched an 81-page book in his hands.

The book, bound in a red leather cover, was something of Dillon’s own creation.

Labeled across the front cover in large letters was the book title: “The Adventures of Dillon Helbig’s Crismis” by “Dillon His Self.” Down the spine of the book, Dillon created his own publishing company with an accompanying logo.

Dillon had written the book just before Christmas and told his parents, Susan and Alex Helbig, that he was going to leave it on a library shelf for other kids to read. The pair didn’t believe him, thinking it was just the fun dream of a second-grader, but that’s exactly what he did.