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  • Writer's pictureAimee Satterlee

I Am a Thundercloud

Relating big feelings through sounds, sensations, and colors of nature, I AM A THUNDERCLOUD by Leah Moser and Marie Hermansson will be published tomorrow, April 2, 2024, from Running Press Kids/Hachette!

In I AM A THUNDERCLOUD "a young child is having a bad day—they BOOM, ROAR, CRASH, and CRACKLE like an angry thundercloud. Tense body language, an inability to say the “right” words, the instinct to hide are like a brewing storm within the child. But like the sun breaking through, our protagonist processes big emotions by relaxing, asking for help, opening up, and pausing to permit themselves to breathe. This powerful picture book reminds us that having the ability to recognize how we are feeling not only increases our emotional intelligence and helps us process our own emotions, but it also allows us to recognize and empathize with others who are struggling with their emotions."

I AM A THUNDERCLOUD is the perfect addition to SEL (Social-Emotional Learning) libraries and calm-down corners in classrooms and at home. As a mom of 3 children who often have big feelings, I love how this book takes those confusing stormy days and makes them feel comfortable and lighter by giving kids agency and power even when they feel out of control. The main character uses mindfulness strategies such as breathing to calm the storm they feel inside. And the art in I AM A THUNDERCLOUD is dreamy and beautiful with the perfect calming color palette.

Use these colors to show how you're feeling inside. Angry like a thundercloud? Bright like a rainbow?

I AM A THUNDERCLOUD by Leah Moser and Marie Hermansson


Leah has generously offered to giveaway a copy of I AM A THUNDERCLOUD AND this Rainbow 3D Coloring Set! Please go to my X (Twitter) to enter the giveaway and Instagram for an extra chance at winning this BOOK + GIFT combo!



Please help spread the word! Only 5 spots left in the POP-UP Party!

Do you know someone who debuted a picture book in 2023 or earlier? Do you know someone who has multiple picture books published? Ask them to come join the party! A BOOK + GIFT POP-UP Party! And a bonus to joining the POP-UP Party, you will also be featured in the BIG end-of-year holiday BOOK + GIFT list! Just in time for holiday shoppers to find the perfect books and gifts for children on their lists!

Last year's POP-UP Party was a blast! We had 10 creators join us and had multiple giveaways!

Just fill out the Google Doc to join! The BOOK + GIFT Pop-Up Party sign-up for non-debut creators is officially OPEN! (The form will close when we have 10 creators! )

Note: If you have already been featured on BOOK + GIFT (yay!) you are still eligible to join the Pop-Up Party so long as you submit a different book than what was featured on BOOK + GIFT previously.


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