I Am Quiet

By Andie Powers
Illustrated by Betsy Petersen
Bala Kids
Ages 4 to 7

When the world sees an introverted child, they think they see shyness and timidity, but behind Emile’s placid eyes is a universe of whimsy and imagination. This warm story is a wry look at the difference between shy and quiet, but more importantly, offers reassurance to introverted readers, who have no doubt already received a great deal of unwanted and unnecessary feedback about how they should be more “outgoing.” Artist Betsy Petersen’s playful illustrations nicely depict the protagonist’s vibrant inner life. 

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