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Shows what it's like to have a "meltdown" after you become filled with negative emotions. The book's illustrations depict D's array of emotions, like anger and disappointment, in a way children will easily understand.
"Any day can be good if you try." It's OK to have bad days sometimes. Remember to be kind to yourself. If you have a bad day, try your best to keep you head up. Positive affirmations are a theme of the story.
Positive Role Models
When D has a bad day, Miss. King and his parents encourage him to "keep his head up" and persevere to make today a good day. D, despite having a bad day, is very self-aware and can identify when he's struggling. He knows his body's signals, like having a "scrunchy face" when he may be about to have a "meltdown."
The book predominately highlights Black characters of different skin tones, ages, and abilities.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Keep Your Head Up is a picture book about what it's like to have a terrible day that won't seem to get better. Written by award-winning journalist Aliya King Neil and illustrated by 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator of the Year Charly Palmer, the book is packed with emotions that leap off the page. Many readers, both children and parents alike, will be able to relate the book's narrative of what it means to have a truly rough day, and how hard such days are to navigate. Themes include positive affirmations, self-awareness, and support for children's emotional health.
Is It Any Good?
This book is a helpful read for children and parents. Keep Your Head Up reminds us the we all have bad days, and it's important to be kind and patient with yourself when you're overwhelmed by negative thoughts and feelings. The illustrations are full of details that capture the reader's attention and evoke emotion. Readers are likely to walk away with a feeling of empathy and a desire to identify or create their own positive affirmation for when they have a bad day.
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