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I write a "Note to Parents" to accompany child-oriented books about mental health topics. These "Notes" include research supported tips and tricks for parents focused on the book's topic. For example, tips to support your shy child.



"Unreservedly recommended for children ages 4 to 8 and will prove to be an enduringly popular and appreciated addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections." —Midwest Book Review


“Shy kids will empathize with Blossom and perhaps her experiences will help them be open to new opportunities as well.” —Mom’s Radius



“Hector's anxiety keeps him from accepting these invitations time and time again, but one day, Hector realizes that he truly wants to go out and connect with pals. His bravery in talking himself through some of his biggest worries is significant, and this book handles the topic gently and with respect for the weight that worries can carry.” —My Thoughts Exactly


“Wonderfully entertaining and embedded with a valued message about self-confidence and personal bravery.” —Midwest Book Review​


"A very highly and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library picture book collections for young children." —Midwest Book Review



"Back matter from a psychologist gives suggestions for encouraging children in free, imaginative play, and also ways for fostering a sense of self and identity in children, as well as helping children build empathy. Bright, mixed-media illustrations with colorful details show happy children playing indoors and outdoors, in the city or the country, and sharing their interests with a variety of diverse friends. This plea for understanding and peace, translated from the French, concludes with the wish to build a better world together, here and elsewhere. —Booklist



2020 Teacher's Choice Award Winner


Part of Little Free Library Action Book Club


“If you want a book that empowers exploration of children’s emotions and at the same time helps them develop self-awareness, internalize strength and then use that strength to promote their own calmness, this is the book for you. I highly recommend this valuable book.” —Oregon Coast Youth Book Preview Center​



"The narrative of this book is written like a pep talk one could imagine hearing from a person with fully realized emotional intelligence...Many strategies for exhibiting self-love chosen by the child protagonists employing them are shown as valid, reinforcing that there is no one perfect way, just as there is no one perfect person...Skillfully provides the language to help readers remember — or learn — their abilities to treat themselves and others with gentleness. —Kirkus Reviews



A beautifully written and illustrated guide to self-soothing through life's inevitable storms. —Chris Willard, author of Alphabreaths

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