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I am committed to putting books about lovely, strong-willed characters (who are determined to achieve their goals and right wrongs along the way) into the hands and hearts of children.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, 2014, published by Kids Can Press, Ltd.

This magnificent picture book about a girl who is determined to make the bring her ideas to life. She has plan. All she has to do is make it. The notion that “I can do this” is relatable to children.

As is typical in most picture book arc, the trials and tribulations turns out to be difficult. It is so hard in fact, that she quits. Readers will see that it is okay to make mistakes. Sprires’ masterful use of precise action words are engaging and inspirational . This book has curricular tie-ins to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math as well as to social emotional teachable moments.

The Power of Yet by Maryann Cocca-Leffler, 2021, published by Harry N. Abrams

This picture book kicked off the shiny new 21 year! It tells the story of one piglet who uses the power of yet to conquer frustration. She is determined to flip pancakes and play the violin. Readers will see that with practice, patience, and determination, anything is possible!

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