Posted by: Kathy Temean | December 1, 2022

Book Giveaway: BRAVE EVERY DAY by Trudy Ludwig

Trudy Ludwig has a new picture book, BRAVE EVERY DAY, illustrated by Patrice Barton and published by Alfred A. Knopf BFYR. They have agreed to share a copy of the book to one lucky winner. All you have to do to get in the running is leave a comment. Reblog, tweet, or talk about it on Facebook with a link and you will get additional chances to win. Just let me know the other things you do to share the good news, so I can put in the right amount of tickets in my basket for you.

Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, reblogging really helps spread the word for a new book. Thanks for helping Trudy and Patrice!

If you have signed up to follow my blog and it is delivered to you everyday, please let me know when you leave a comment and I will give you an extra ticket. Thanks!


From social-emotional learning expert Trudy Ludwig and award-winning picture book illustrator Patrice Barton (co-creators of The Invisible Boy) comes a story about managing anxiety and finding the courage to stand up for yourself and others.

Most kids love hide-and-seek, but Camila just wants to hide. Hiding is what she does best when she worries, and she worries a LOT.What if… I can’t… I’m scared!

A class trip to the aquarium causes her worries to pile up like never before. But when an anxious classmate asks for help, Camila discovers that her heart is bigger than her fears.

From social-emotional learning expert Trudy Ludwig and award-winning illustrator Patrice Barton, this tale of courage and compassion will embolden readers to face their own fears.

“A sweet and powerful gem of a book sure to help young worriers.” –Dawn Huebner, PhD, author of What to Do When You Worry Too Much.


Over the years, many school administrators and teachers have shared with me their growing concerns over the significant increase in anxiety among students as young as preschoolers. In fact, they consider it to be one of their top concerns, right up there with friendship and bullying issues! While one can easily attribute the COVID pandemic for the substantial rise of anxiety among youth, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that anxiety was already on the rise prior to the pandemic. The pandemic and its ongoing fallout have, unfortunately, turbo boosted this upward trend.

The reality is that everyone in life has fears and worries. These are normal and natural emotions. But there are times when our anxieties can overwhelm us. If we don’t talk about what worries us with people we trust, the fears we keep bottled up inside can become even bigger. Also, if left unchecked, they can negatively affect our relationships and the wonderful, yet-to-be-revealed opportunities and experiences heading our way.

Educators, parents, and counseling professionals who are familiar with my work to promote social and emotional learning skills in young children have shared with me their need for stories that help generate more thoughtful discussions about anxiety in an age-appropriate way. Having personal and ongoing experience with anxiety struggles myself, I knew I could tap into my inner fearful child to write BRAVE EVERY DAY.

Before writing my story, it helped me to think about my own worries and discover how they fall into one of three categories: What if? I can’t, and I’m scared. Next, as I thought about each worry, I asked myself, “Which situations are most likely to happen and least likely to happen?” I then brainstormed to figure out what I could say to myself to help push away negative thoughts and be more self-confident. (You’ll have to read my story to find out what those words are!)

When I submitted the BRAVE EVERY DAY manuscript to my editor at Alfred A. Knopf, I specifically asked if Patrice Barton could be the illustrator because she did such a brilliant job illustrating my stories The Invisible Boy and Quiet Please, Owen McPhee! I told my editor that I wrote specific scenes with Patrice in mind because she knows how to make my words come alive with her playful and poignant illustrations! Luckily, my editor wholeheartedly agreed with my request!

Now that the book is available, I hope BRAVE EVERY DAY will show readers of all ages that we worriers are true warriors because we push ourselves beyond our comfort zones every single day to do what needs to be done–despite our fears. When it comes right down to it, only when we are afraid can we truly learn to be brave.


Trudy Ludwig is a nationally acclaimed speaker and award-winning author of numerous children’s books including The Invisible Boy, a School Library Journal Best Picture Books Selection and a recommended back-to-school book by USA Today and Scholastic Instructor. Her books and presentations help empower children to be kinder and more inclusive in their social world.

Trudy has collaborated with leading experts and organizations including Sesame Workshop, International Bullying Prevention Association, Committee for Children, and  For more information about Trudy and her work, visit


Patrice Barton is an American illustrator of children’s literature. She has created the art for more than 20 books in the picture book and chapter book formats. Barton earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

Before illustrating for children, she worked as a house painter, a needlepoint designer, a copy shop technician, and a graphic designer. Her first illustration job was for the state of Texas, largely creating courtroom displays; she began freelancing during off-hours drawing for the children’s publishing market. Eventually Barton left that job and has been working for herself since then from her studio in Austin. Patrice’s work that has been included in Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibits.

This book, BRAVE EVERY DAY is the fourth book she illustrated for Trudy Ludwig. The first one was Trudy Ludwig’s The Invisible Boy,  She represented by The Cat Agency.

Trudy, thank you for sharing your book and journey with us. I love Camilia. While the o ther children want to play Hide and Seek, Camilia is so filled with fear, that all she wants to do is hide. But Camilia meets a little boy with the same fears, she finally realizes her heart is bigger than her fears and the more her empathy increases, her anxiety decreases. This book 9along with the back matter) will provide parents and teachers ideas to how to help frightful children and encourage anxiety filled children to say, “I’ll try. Patrice’s illustrations are wonderful. I have loved her work for years. Good luck with the book.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. What a great message! Sounds like a wonderful book.

    I subscribe to the email list.

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  2. Oh how I love Trudy Ludwig! I have bough The Invisible Boy over and over and over for friends and young friends. So excited that there is a new book by this wonderful team!


  3. This book is highly needed for all readers. I’m excited to read it too as it sounds heartwarming and will provide me and my family with tools to deal with anxiety. I’m an email subscriber and shared on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, and tumblr.


  4. I could use this book, LOL. It looks gorgeous!


  5. This looks fantastic. I shared on Pinterest, Twitter, and FB.


  6. Oh, my. That cover! I have to read this book. Thanks for featuring it here. I subscribe to your blog by email.


  7. Congrats on this book, Trudy and Patrice!! Can’t wait to read it! This is such an important book that will help so many readers – kids and adults!!


  8. This is such an important book, and I hope it reaches as many young readers as it can. I see anxiety among students in the high school classroom, and it seems helping readers while they are young is more important than ever. Thank you for writing this book. The illustrations look amazing. I’ll be sharing on Twitter.


  9. This looks perfect! So many young readers need this. Thank you! Congratulations!

    I follow by email and shared on Twitter.


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