A stunningly illustrated guide to simple affirmations for young children, building self-esteem and confidence. When you are feeling scared of something new, Stand tall, Put your hands on your hips, and say: I Am Brave! This brightly hand-lettered board book empowers young readers to lift themselves up! Ten relatable emotions are each followed by a centering exercise and a positive affirmation to be recited, as a practice in mindfulness. Young readers are encouraged to find their inner strength by recognizing and addressing their emotions, instilling a sense of power and self-confidence.
Bela Barbosa has been an early childhood educator for 9 years. She has taught mindfulness in her classroom and has worked with local social workers in social skills groups for children with special needs. Bela recently earned both her yoga teacher and wellness champion certifications. She is currently the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) consultant at a 12-classroom preschool for ages 2-5, bringing her expertise to all children and staff. Bela lives in Northern New Jersey. This is her first book.
Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban-born American artist and children’s book author. Rodriguez uses a variety of materials, and his work ranges from conceptual to portraiture and landscape. He is the author and illustrator of Sergio Makes a Splash and Sergio Saves the Game, and the illustrator of several esteemed picture-book biographies, including Jonah Winter’s Sonia Sotomayor and Ntozake Shange’s Float Like a Butterfly.
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