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Children's Books Starring Big-Foot-Like Characters Hope to Help Kids Ease Anxiety and Celebrate Big Feelings


Back-to-school time is here, and so is back-to-school anxiety. I’d love to tell you about two wonderful children's books, both starring adorable Big-Foot-like characters, that are perfect for easing both child and parent back into school this fall. Each is filled with colorful images and great story lines to make children feel less anxious.

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For anyone struggling to understand their child's big emotions, There's a Yeti in My Tummy by Meredith Rusu seeks to help kids and parents alike embrace the chaotic joy of BIG feelings. The story follows Matthew, a young boy who can’t help feeling silly in a yeti-sized way!
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Author: Meredith Rusu
ISBN: 978-0829457056
Publication Date: August 29, 2023
Age Group: 4-6 years old
Publisher: 4U2B Books & Media
Genre: Children's Fiction
Pages: 40
Format: Hardcover
Price: $19.99
Synopsis: What happens when your inner yeti comes out to play? Matthew is a young boy with BIGBIG feelings—so big it sometimes feels like there’s a YETI just bursting to get out! And when Mathew’s yeti comes to play, he’s bound to stay all day. That silly yeti comes out of Matthew’s feet, his nose, his hair, his burp, and even his BUTT! Bound to make any child roar with laughter, There’s a Yeti in My Tummy teaches kids that strong feelings are okay, and so are their inner yetis. Along with Matthew, kids learn to channel those feelings in constructive, positive, and loving ways. And parents will pick up a few tips on language to help children understand when and how to rely on their inner yeti. An imaginative and fun story told in delightful rhyme by Meredith Rusu and crazy-fun illustrations by Martín Morón, There’s a Yeti in My Tummy is a big, bold, instant classic. There’s a Yeti in My Tummy is the first book in The Mighty Moods series from 4U2B Books & Media, where we strive to create resources that enable children to become joyful, compassionate, and brave, and that empower parents and adults to instill those qualities in children.
For children struggling with anxiety around fire drills and other school emergency safety procedures, Sammy The Sasquatch by Claire Marie hopes to ease that stress and normalize practicing safety measures with a playful narrative. Sammyteaches kids all about lockdowns and empowers them to keep themselves safe.

Author: Claire Marie
ISBN: 979-8987429907
Publication Date: April 18, 2023
Age Group: 4-6 years old
Publisher: Sammy & Friends
Genre: Children's Fiction
Pages: 30
Format: Paperback
Price: $11.40
Synopsis: Little readers and their loved ones are invited to the magical world of Crittertopia and introduced to the Critter Elders whose magic helps keep it safe in Claire Marie's new and empowering children's book Sammy the Sasquatch: Welcome to Crittertopia. Readers in the 4 to 8-year-old age group and beyond meet Sammy the Sasquatch and her friends in Crittertopia who gently teach us all about doing lockdowns, locks, lights, out of sight, and how kids can be empowered to keep themselves safe.
Yeti and Sammy alike hope to help kids feel safe and confident as they learn to navigate the world!