Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Happy Holidays and It's Not All Rainbows....

Christmas is my favorite holiday.  I love the lights. I love how the season helps us focus on service, increase our empathy, and authentically accept the good and the bad. And of course I love the books that encourage all of this.

IT'S NOT ALL RAINBOWS, by Jessika von Innerebner is all about joy and how it's okay to have bad day. 

"Everyone knows unicorns are perfect.  They bring glitter and happiness to everyone around them.  Their smiles alone make rainbows appear.  When you're a unicorn, every day is filled with...MAGICAL AWESOMENESS! That is how it was for Kevin...
until the morning he woke up on the floor."

Even unicorns have bad days. We all have bad days. And that's okay. Jessika does an incredible job of making us laugh with clever text and colorful illustrations. She manages to make a story about unicorns kind of serious, yet hilarious and heartwarming at the same time.

"Kevin kept a smile on his face even though his insides didn't feel smiley at all."  When Kevin finally admits that he's having a horrible day, to his surprise, other unicorns admit that they have hard times too. Realizing that he is not alone makes all the difference in accepting his feelings.

It's okay to have a bad day.

I love this message as a therapist, as a parent, and as a person. We all need this message. Especially on our hard days.

Because really, it's not all rainbows.

Other stellor bibliotherapeutic 2019 mentor texts: 
1. READY, SET, GO-RILLA, by Melissa Stoller and Sandy Steen Bartholomew: About  competition and being okay with losing.
2. THE ITTY BITTY WITCH, by Trisha Speed Shaskan and Xindi Yan: About feeling small, yet realizing that power doesn't come with size.
3. NOT QUITE SNOW WHITE by Ashley Franklin and Ebony Glen: About being comfortable with who you are.

Next week the ReFoReMo team will be highlighting some of our favorite mentor texts of 2019!  

What's your favorite book about feelings?


  1. I'm a big fan of Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang. Great text and that illustration of monkey - you can't help but laugh!

    1. I also love that one! So good for kids and adults alike!

  2. Love it! I need to get this book for my husband (his name is Kevin). I love Alexander and the Horrible, Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (and I might have mixed up the title-but this book is awesome).

  3. I love Giraffe Problems by Jory John.