Inspired by this timeless adage, You Are a Beautiful Beginning combines lyrical storytelling and lovely art, blossoming into a celebration of self-love, friendship, and community. With beautiful simplicity and hidden depth, this meditative and magical picture book encourages readers old and young to discover their own endless potential. Kelsey Garrity-Riley's inviting, gently magical art pairs beautifully with a lyrical, deceptively simple text by Nina Laden to create a picture book that is equal parts inspirational story and peaceful lullaby.
It is not wishing to be different. It is learning to love being you.
It is not the end of your story. It is a beautiful beginning, too.
This is another uplifting and original book from bestseller Nina Laden, the creator of Peek-A-Who and the author of If I Had a Little Dream and Yellow Kayak.
About the Author
Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children’s book author and illustrator. She was born and raised in the New York City area, the daughter of two artists. Nina writes, illustrates, and teaches occasionally. Her many books include The Night I Followed the Dog, Peek-a-Who, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, Roberto the Insect Architect, Once Upon a Memory, and Yellow Kayak. When she is not writing or drawing, she paddleboards, takes long beach walks, hunts for agates, forages for mushrooms, makes jewelry, and cooks up a storm, amongst other things. She lives on a little island in the San Juan Islands of Washington State with her husband, Booth, and their Siberian cat, Marley.
Kelsey Garrity-Riley is an illustrator living and working in eastern PA. She grew up in Germany and Belgium before moving to the US to pursue her love of art at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Kelsey's picture books include Goldie Takes a Stand, Other Wordly, Born to Ride, and Frankie's Favorite Foods.
“The children’s story emphasizes a positive sense of self and optimism for what the journey tomorrow will bring. On discouraging days, this book will help readers find their place in the world with greater love for themselves and others.” —Kirkus Reviews