Raina’s (Un) Happy Birthday

by Britta Stromeyer Esmail & Illustrated by Joanna Cooke

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Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 25/09/2018

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 34
ISBN : 9781982203672

About the Book

Follow Raina and her beloved stuffie, Lola, on their profound journey from birthday jitters to cake-filled happiness. Celebrate the courage of one little girl's conviction to decide for herself when to speak up. This relevant and important book shouts YES to sharing one's truth. Brava to author Britta Stromeyer Esmail for empowering and elevating girls and their grown-ups.

—Andrea Alban, author of The Happiness Tree and Anya's War

Beautifully illustrated and eloquently written, Raina's (Un) Happy Birthday shows that girls, whatever age they may be, have the power to choose how they show and receive love. This is a powerful message for girls and boys and everyone who cares for them.

—Loung Ung, author of Lucky Child and Lulu in the Sky

A magical story. With extraordinary insight, tenderness, and love, Britta Stromeyer Esmail delivers a timely and empowering message—the importance of voice—to our children and youth. It takes courage for a little one to speak out and stand up to pressure. Raina's (Un) Happy Birthday provides an example of how to do just that without hurting the feelings of those you love. It's a lesson that all of us—young and old—can benefit from. I can't wait to share this beautifully told and illustrated story with my granddaughters!

—April Christofferson, best-selling author of Buffalo Medicine

About the Author

Britta Stromeyer Esmail is a writer and a mom passionate about raising resilient girls to find their own voice. The mother of two girls lives in Northern California. When she is not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, horseback riding and reading with her daughters Maya and Anya. About the Illustrator Joanna Cooke is an illustrator and artist living in Cape Town, South Africa. After raising her son and daughter and running a business in Corporate Communication Skills training for 24 years, her passion is now for children’s book illustration in a variety of mediums. When not working she spends time with her children or animals, in nature or in her studio, painting, writing or playing music.