#1-The Boy with Big, Big Feelings
Illustrated By: Jacob Souva
Stock No: WW454504
#1-The Boy with Big, Big Feelings  -     By: Britney Winn Lee
    Illustrated By: Jacob Souva

#1-The Boy with Big, Big Feelings

Illustrated By: Jacob Souva
Beaming Books / 2019 / Hardcover

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Meet a boy with feelings so big that they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. When a loud truck drives by, he cries. When he hears a joke, he bursts with joy. 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 debut picture book author Britney Winn Lee and boldly illustrated by Jacob Souva, The Boy with Big, Big Feelings is relatable for any child, but especially for children experiencing anxiety and extreme emotions, or who have been diagnosed with autism or as a Highly Sensitive Person.

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Title: #1-The Boy with Big, Big Feelings
By: Britney Winn Lee
Illustrated By: Jacob Souva
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 32
Vendor: Beaming Books
Publication Date: 2019
Dimensions: 10.25 X 8.75 X 0.25 (inches)
Weight: 12 ounces
ISBN: 150645450X
ISBN-13: 9781506454504
Ages: 4-8
Stock No: WW454504

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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.

Author Bio

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.

Midwest Book Review

In the picture book "The Boy with Big, Big Feelings" by author Britney Winn Lee and illustrator Jacob Souva, children ages 4-8 will be introduced to a boy with feelings so big that they glow from his cheeks, spill out of his eyes, and jump up and down on his chest. When a loud truck drives by, he cries. When he hears a joke, he bursts with joy. 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. Especially recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school collections, "The Boy with Big, Big Feelings" is especially appropriate for children experiencing anxiety and extreme emotions, or who have been diagnosed with autism or as a Highly Sensitive Person.

The Christian Century

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings, written by Britney Winn Lee and illustrated by Jacob Souva, is a wonderful resource for combating toxic masculinity. The author recently sent me the book, and as I sat down to read it to my children, I was in tears by the second page. I have seen in my children, who are only six and eight years old, how hard it is to manage feelings and to understand what it might mean to be feminine or masculine in this world. I remember the same overwhelming feeling when I was young.

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 we’ve been passing to young men since the foundation of this country.

Having sensitive boys and listening to their feelings and concerns is a priority I’ve long shared with my partner. After I first read through Lee’s 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 they’re 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

Editorial Reviews

"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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