Butterflies in Me: An anthology bringing awareness to mental health
Butterflies in Me
Published by: Boys Town Press
Imprint: Boys Town Press
Sales Date: 2022-01-25
Published: January 2022
Imprint: Boys Town Press
Series: Butterflies in Me
Page Count: 51 Pages
Illustrations: 28 full color illustrations
Dimensions: 177.00 x 254.00
51 Pages, 177.00 x 254.00 x 6.35 mm, 28 full color illustrations
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Each of the four stories in this collection centers around an emotionally vulnerable child. As these children deal with anxiety, depression, and/or difficulties adjusting to school, caring adults help them find their voice. Each story is appropriately addressed and culturally relevant to the diverse characters' challenges. These works honor and celebrate the resiliency of Immigrant, African, African American, Indigenous, Latino, and other marginalized children.
There is 7-year-old Kenya, who struggles with anxiety. Permanently scarred from an accident, the stares and sneers she endures shatters her self-worth.
There is Lulu, who falls into depression following the death of her beloved Grandma. Will she ever be happy again?
Abbas is a new arrival to America. Adjusting to school proves difficult because he can't concentrate or sit still. He wonders if he's just a "bad" boy.
And then there is Javier, the captain of the soccer team. At school, he's a star. At home, he's a punching bag.
With guidance, support and love from caring adults, each child finds their voice and turns their troubles into triumphs. Through their journeys, they realize three simple truths:
They are special. They are strong. They did nothing wrong.
Written for children in grades K-8, Butterflies in Me is an inspiring collection of four stories from the pen of Denisha Seals, an up-and-coming artist, filmmaker, and survivor of abuse.
For those caring adults wanting to make a difference, see also the Practitioner Guide Tools for Children to Embrace and Maintain Their Mental Health, and the Learning to Love Your Butterfly: A workbook building self-esteem and resilience. Both tiles are companions to the short stories.
?The culturally specific, deeply moving, and hopeful nature of the book should be experienced by any child who has experienced trauma and/or is living with a mental health challenge. I am so thankful to now have this resource I can share with my personal and professional network so we can add our voices to what I hope will be a growing community chorus: ?You are special, strong and you did nothing wrong!? ? John Jeanetta, MBA, MSW, President & CEO, MSW, Heartland Family Services
"The stories in Butterflies in Me resonate for so many of us because we have either been these children at some point, or known them as friends, classmates, and/or charges. The illustrations bristle with stunning breadth and detail, with color and engagement, insisting that we examine every part of the social context in which these characters actually live. Though we know we are reading, we are reminded by the pictures that this is the real world that is being referenced. This book is one of those books we needed yesterday as a society, and we needed a courageous writer like Miss Seals to write it. For her, it is not just a tale of fiction, but a real-life saga of her own struggles rendered through the eyes of children who both were and are like her in a fundamental way, calling for help, not out of victimhood or weakness but out of strength." - Dr. Nikitah Imani
"As someone who has been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, and PTSD this book really hit home. I loved it's detail on the characters feelings and the idea of "you did nothing wrong" is wonderful. It literally brought me to tears thinking about how I had heard those words as a child suffering. I am so happy that there is now a book out there that children can read that helps them acknowledge and relate to what they are going through. It provides an amazing message and gives words of encouragement to those that need it most. I highly recommend getting this for children to help them understand both themselves and others around them. I will be reading this to my children as they get older. Thank you for making this!" - Stevie Howard