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|Title: #1-The Boy with Big, Big Feelings|
By: Britney Winn Lee
Illustrated By: Jacob Souva
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Beaming Books
Publication Date: 2019
|Dimensions: 10.25 X 8.75 X 0.25 (inches)|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW454504
Highly recommended by parents, teachers, and therapists for children navigating feelings and coping with an array of emotions.
The Boy with Big, Big Feelings is relatable for any child -- especially for a child experiencing anxiety, extreme emotions, a child identified as a Highly Sensitive Person, or a child on the autism spectrum. Beautifully illustrated and written in rhyming verse, children and adults explore the whole spectrum of feelings and readers navigate the emotional challenges they face throughout the day.
The main character has feelings so big that they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. When he hears a joke, he bursts with joy. When a loud truck drives by, he cries. When his loved ones are having a hard day, he feels their emotions as if they were his own.
The boy tries to cope by stuffing down his feelings, but with a little help and artistic inspiration, the boy realizes his feelings are something to be celebrated. Written by picture book author Britney Winn Lee and boldly illustrated by Jacob Souva, this book is a perfect companion to The Girl With Big, Big Questions.
Britney Winn Lee is an author, editor, and nonprofit director living in Shreveport, Louisiana,with her creative husband and big-hearted son. Lee serves as the full-time director of Noel Community Arts Program, the part-time editor and content coordinator for Red Letter Christians, and is represented by Lisa Jackson at Alive Literary Agency for her writing.
Lee's books include The Boy with Big, Big Feelings (Beaming Books), Rally: Communal Prayers for Lovers of Jesus and Justice (Upper Room),and Deconstructed Do-Gooder: A Memoir about Learning Mercy the Hard Way (Cascade Books). With a BA in religious studies and a master's degree in nonprofit administration, Lee has worked for over a decade in faith- and justice-based, creative community-building.
Jacob Souva is an illustrator who lives in Upstate New York with his wife and two boys. He's passionate about equipping kids with language to navigate their emotional well-being, laugh at silly things, and be inspired by big stories. Jacob works digitally and loves to experiment with texture and color.
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Whether overtly or covertly, the American way of raising boys has been to teach them to be tough, to like sports and superheroes, to wear blue and green and whatever other boy colors are appropriate, and, over time, to embody the idea that they can take whatever they want without asking. It is the curse of domination and misogyny, something weve been passing to young men since the foundation of this country.
Having sensitive boys and listening to their feelings and concerns is a priority Ive long shared with my partner. After I first read through Lees book with my children, I asked them what their feelings are like and if they ever feel overwhelmed. They effortlessly began to share their inner world with me.
This book is an invitation to a conversation we all need to be having, not just with our sons but with our all of our children. Feelings are universal. Safe spaces for children to share how theyre doing as they negotiate the big world they hold inside themselves should be universal too.
---Kaitlin Curtice, author of Glory Happening: Finding the Divine in Everyday Places
"With creativity and tenderness, Britney Winn Lee and Jacob Souva invite children and adults alike to understand the value of our emotions and why they aren't a hindrance but instead a part of what allows us to experience life with resilience and connection." --Aundi Kolber, Author, Speaker, and Trauma-Informed Therapist
"The Boy with Big, Big Feelings is a story that's big enough for all of us to feel seen. Winn Lee's rhythmic text saves space for the sensitive kids whose emotions rest just beneath the skin. And in welcoming us into those quiet and confusing emotional places, the story offers connection and companionship, reminding us that 'big emotions affect ALL of us!'" --Matthew C. Winner, School Librarian and host of The Children's Book Podcast
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