Starfish

by Lisa Fipps

“…every kid who’s ever been told, “You’d be so pretty or handsome, if . . .” You ARE beautiful. Now. Just as you are. You deserve to be seen, to be heard, to take up room, to be noticed. So when the world tries to make you feel small, starfish!”

In this critically acclaimed novel in verse, Ellie has been bullied about her weight since she was five years old. She made “Fat Girl Rules” that she follows, including not eating in public. With a strong support network — a friend, her father, and a therapist — will she be able to put the Fat Girl Rules behind her and show the world her fabulous self? “Highlighting the importance of body positivity, this book shows the impact that therapy can have on helping someone handle difficult emotions and developing skills to voice their needs and opinions to others,” says an expert from the Child Mind Institute.

The Comfort Book

by Matt Haig

“You have survived everything you have been through, and you will survive this too. Stay for the person you will become. You are more than a bad day, or week, or month, or year, or even a decade. You are a future of multifarious possibility. You are another self at a point in future time looking back in gratitude that this lost and former you held on. Stay.”

From the author of the bestseller, The Midnight Library, is a book of encouragement and hope for anyone who needs a boost in mood or a friendly reminder that things will get better no matter how bad they seem at the moment. The Comfort Book is a collection of notes, lists, and stories written over a span of several years that originally served as gentle reminders to Haig’s future self that things are not always as dark as they may seem. Incorporating a diverse array of sources from across the world, history, science, and his own experiences, Haig offers warmth and reassurance, reminding us to slow down and appreciate the beauty and unpredictability of existence.