My Thoughts Have Wings

(Author) (Illustrator)

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$19.99  $18.59
Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
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10.0 X 9.3 X 0.5 inches | 0.9 pounds

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About the Author

In a career that's included work as a journalist, a psychologist, and the founder of a national art consulting company, Maggie Smith added novelist to her resume with the publication of her debut, Truth and Other Lies, a women's fiction novel set in Chicago and released in March 2022 by Ten16 Press. It won NIEA's Juror Grand Prize, the Star Award for Debut Fiction from Women's Fiction Writers Association, Foreword INDIES Gold Metal for General Fiction, and was selected for the Women's Book Association Great Group Reads.In addition to her writing, Maggie hosts the weekly podcast Hear Us Roar (215+ episodes), blogs monthly for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and is Managing Editor for Chicago Writer's Association Write City E-Zine. She resides in Milwaukee WI with her husband and her aging but still adorable sheltie. Her second novel, a psychological suspense called Blindspot will be released in May 2024.

Leanne Hatch is the author and illustrator of The Brand-new, Never-used, Perfect Crayons; Rosie and the Pre-loved Dress; and Unraveled. With a background in both fine arts and fashion design, she divides her time between writing and illustrating for children, creating patterns for textiles, and designing accessories. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her family. You can visit her online at


"The cozy ideas will comfort nervous young readers and make a strong conversation starter for less-than-sure caretakers. 'Everyone worries, ' and barring a late-night banana bread craving, the soothing suggestions will surely bring somnolence on soft feathers. Fortitude against fluttering fears." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Offering a portrait of a family addressing a child's fears, this mindfulness-oriented work explores accessible techniques whose practice offers pleasure, too." -- Publishers Weekly

"The text is clear against the page, the vocabulary is simple, and the concept is one that children will not only understand, but will probably use in their own lives. Hatch's child-friendly, sweet illustrations really show how a child experiences the world. This is a generous tale that is also an excellent tool to give to children and psychologists." -- School Library Journal

"This one is for the anxious kiddos, and Smith enhances the relatability of the story by focusing on a young child's first-person experience of a mind that just won't turn off. Straightforward language allows the thoughts-as-birds metaphor to shine with its meditative sagacity. Hatch's hand-painted digital illustrations have a remarkable luminosity." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A picture book that confronts anxiety with thoughtfulness, and is a balm for the chaotic soul. Buy it for the child whose busy brain makes it difficult to fall asleep, and keep it for the calming effect it'll have on you, too." -- Bestselling author Isaac Fitzgerald, Today Show Spring Pick