The adorable and spunky Ruby learns a new life lesson about sharing: “Just for me” isn’t nearly as much fun as “just for us!” When Ruby has something special, she likes to say “just for me!” That includes everything from her dolly to the colorful candy sprinkles she uses to decorate her cookies. But when a friend comes over for playtime, Ruby takes her mantra just one step too far, and a precious toy is broken. Just when it looks like playtime has been ruined, Ruby realizes that having a friend is much more fun than having everything to herself. “Sharing is caring” has never felt so spot-on as it does in Just For Me. With sparse text and bright, bold illustrations, this is the perfect story for parents to share with their little readers–and for readers to share with their friends!
Jennifer’s been painting since the day her dad bought her a professional painter’s box at the age of 10. She went on to enjoy her Philadelphia design firm for many years, but after having 3 kids and reading mountains of children’s books, she couldn’t resist making up stories and pictures for her own. Jennifer’s first picture book, Just One More, went on to become a Dolly Parton Imagination Library selection 3 years in a row. Her newest book is a second Ruby book, Just For Me, where Ruby realizes that having a friend is much more fun than having everything to herself. Other books include Claudia & Moth and How to Trick the Tooth Fairy.
Where did the idea of Just for Me originate?
Well, I wanted to make a second Ruby book and sharing is a big milestone for most kids 2-5yo. The funny thing is, kids begin to get special things starting from a very young age and the gift giver may say, “Just for YOU!” But when a friend comes to play, or even a sibling, it can be very difficult to share these special things, like a dolly or blanket. And with this book, I wanted to emphasize that it is okay to keep some tings to ourselves, but it’s so much more fun to share and take turns when a friend comes to play. With ever changing expressions on my characters, it’s a great book to follow along and talk about the emotions that the girls are experiening…especially how great it feels when they both settle in together and are able to share.
I dedicated this book to my agent, Stephen Barr.