Bess the Barn Stands Strong

Page Street Kids, September 8th, 2020 --Illustrated by Katie Hickey

A steadfast old barn shows she’s sturdy enough to save the day.

Beam by beam and board by board, Bess the barn is built by able hands to keep the farm’s animals safe and sound. Through many seasons and celebrations, that’s just what she does, until she starts to sag…and creak…and slump. Then new everything comes along: a new farmer and a shiny new barn. A mean storm arrives not far behind, putting both barns to a dangerous test―can old Bess weather this threat to the farm?

Bess opens her doors wide, welcoming all to celebrate the year-round ups and downs of farm life and admire the enduring strength and importance of something made to last.

“A true storyteller, Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia gives Bess life with literary gilding…the prose flows, poetic and brusque by turns, as the finely wrought story oh-so-delicately addresses the concept of passing on…Bess the Barn Stands Strong reminds us that love shelters us through all storms.” Bookpage, starred review

 

There’s a marvelous mix of peppy text and bone-deep comfort at work within the language of this story… [and] visual treasures abound in the corners of the art… Seasons come and seasons go, but cozy concepts like barns on farms will never ever die. — Kirkus Reviews

 

Arthur Wants a Balloon

Upside Down Books/Trigger Publishing, October 22, 2020 -- Illustrated by Erika Meza

Arthur’s gloomy dad rushes him through the park every morning, through grey and rainy weather. Arthur just wants a balloon from the park’s vendor, but Dad always says no. One rainy morning, the balloons magically appear at their doorstep, and Arthur figures out the perfect way to bring the sunshine out, even if only for a few moments.

This is a book about a parent’s depression that has a ray of hope and sunshine at the end. A young reader will grasp onto the concept that even in the worst situations, there is light and love.

“A light in the dark that makes the heart soar.” — Karl Newson, award-winning children’s author

“There is such heart here and I’m so glad this book is in the world.”— Frances Stickley, children’s book author

Balloons for Papa

HarperCollins, April 27, 2021 -- Illustrated by Erika Meza (PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW)

A perfect book to help discuss mental health, depression, empathy, loss, and hope with young children.

Arthur’s gloomy father rushes him through the park every morning, through gray and rainy weather. Arthur just wants a bright balloon from the park’s vendor, but Papa always says no. One morning, the balloons magically appear at their doorstep, and Arthur figures out the perfect way to bring the sunshine out—and Papa’s smile back—even if only for a few moments.

Brimming with affecting and poignant words, beautiful black-and-white illustrations, and bursts of color on every page, Balloons for Papa sends the message that even in the worst situations, there is light and love.

“The important story of connection through sadness is beneficial to children and adults alike.”School Library Journal, starred review

“A skillful reminder that kids can be the bright spots amid their caregivers’ serious worries.”Kirkus Reviews