Your Joy Is Beautiful
The Magic of Remembering That You Are Enough, Just as You Are
by Zahabiyah Yamasaki
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Pub Date 23 May 2023 | Archive Date 13 Oct 2023
”I love the compassion you have in your spirit. It ripples out to the world and all who are near it.”
Your Joy is Beautiful is an endearing and affirming picture book that reminds children of the joy that exists within and around them, helping them feel seen and celebrated. Showcasing diverse families and children of all backgrounds, lived experiences, and abilities, it reveals the magic in the seemingly small – but sacred – everyday moments in our busy lives.
By giving children the language of compassion, kindness, and empathy, we can let them know that they are enough. That they are worthy and deserving of love just as they are.
Let’s remind them of the power they hold to create a ripple effect of good out into the world.
Perfect for use in the therapy office or early-learning classroom, and as a gift for baby showers, and birthdays, Your Joy Is Beautiful is an awe-inspiring book for all children and their adults.
“Your Joy Is Beautiful represents the power and hope that comes from children growing up knowing how enough they are, how much they matter, and how deeply they belong. Zabie’s compassionate voice, supportive nature, and trauma-informed approach shine in this inclusive, heart-filled offering that will create a depth of connection, empathy, and love for all who read it. Filled with stunning illustrations and magical reminders, Your Joy Is Beautiful contains a message of kindness we all desperately need in today’s world. A perfect book for parents, caregivers, teachers, and anyone looking to remind the children in their life, or the inner child within themselves, that they have always been enough, just as they are.”
―Lisa Olivera, author of Already Enough: A Path to Self-Acceptance
“We often unintentionally set high expectations for our children to achieve and to compete. I’m so grateful that we have messaging in places like Your Joy Is Beautiful to reassure our kids that they are more than enough exactly as they are, and that qualities like kindness and compassion mean something and have the power to improve their own world and the world around them.”
―Kristin McGee, OnePeloton yoga instructor, celebrity trainer, and author of Chair Yoga
“An inspiring and empowering reminder for all of our children, and the children inside of all of us!”
―Chris Willard, PsyD, author of Alphabreaths and Breathing Makes It Better
“Your Joy Is Beautiful is a wonderfully illustrated book that highlights the strengths of your child. Beautiful pictures, inclusivity, and practical strategies at the end of the book provide an opportunity to connect with your child. We particularly love the incorporated yoga poses, which are great for relaxation and emotional regulation!”
―Chelsea Bodie, BSc., MACP, R.Psych, and Caitlin Slavens, BAACS, MC, R.Psych, the @mamapsychologists on Instagram
“Zahabiyah Yamasaki has written a delightful book that is, indeed, both joyful and beautiful. It is a must-read for the children in your life. The message of this book cannot be repeated often enough. You are enough and I am here with you. She reminds us that there is wonder and awe in each and every day. I highly recommend this book.”
―Joanne Spence, MA, C-IAYT, author of Trauma-Informed Yoga: A Toolbox for Therapists: 47 Practices to Calm, Balance, and Restore the Nervous System
“The perfect positive affirmation book for every young child, Your Joy Is Beautiful lovingly captures and connects us to the parts of us that are good, kind, and joyful, and celebrates these as gifts we offer to ourselves and to the world. With bright and cheerful illustrations, affirming text, and practical and empowering back-of-book exercises for children, Zahabiyah Yamasaki, MEd, has done a beautiful job imparting the powerful message that we are enough just as we are. Wonderful for school, therapeutic, and home libraries, this book is a true gift to all who read it and is one I cannot wait to share with my own family.”
―Andrea Dorn, MSW, LISW-CP, author of When Someone Dies: A Children’s Mindful How-To Guide on Grief and Loss and The Mindful Steps Series™
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Thank you to NetGalley, along with the publisher for the eARC. I loved the illustrations throughout the book- very colorful and eye catching! This book is very diverse and would make a great addition to a classroom library!
Your Joy is Beautiful is a wonderful book of affirming and endearing ideas that every child needs to hear. The ideas of being strong, brave and resilient, paired with the ideas of being kind and empathetic, will help children have more joy in their lives and also to bring joy to others around them!
I absolutely love the exercises to empower children at the end of the book, the self-care wheel, and the affirmations paired with physical movement that are included at the end of the book. While it is written for children, it also gives parents/educators tools to help instill these positive ideas in our kids. ❤️
Thanks Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this eARC in exchange for my honest review on the book!
A great book of affirmations to tell your children. Each page is a line of relatable things you love about your kid, with illustrations to match, and then it gives examples of things you can do/make with your kid for empowerment at the end.
Calming and heartwarming, Your Joy is Beautiful will be a good positive affirmation friend you could give to your children. Easy to understand with great representation and colorful illustration. I love how it provided the activities at the end of the story. Worth to try!!!
I loved this! What a gorgeous, empowering book for grownups to share with their children. It instills such a lovely, and important message. The illustrations are beautiful throughout- really vibrant, and colourful, and the way the story is told in rhyming couplets, is really engaging. The book is inclusive, and really champions all the positive traits and skills that make children thrive. Developing a positive mindset early on, will really help them through to adulthood. There’s an activity section at the back to help build these important life skills. Would definitely recommend.
Thank you to Jenny Miller, and Netgalley for an eARC of this book to read and review.
I loved this book and I look forward to sharing it with my class! The illustrations were beautiful! I love how the words rhymed, as younger students need something to sing along with!
I really appreciated how this book was told in a way to affirm good qualities, but also ended with recommendations for affirmations, yoga poses and more. I loved that the illustrations showed people with different abilities and from different cultures.
This is a beautiful story book that encourages children to find and spread joy through compassion, empathy, and self-empowerment. It’s absolutely lovely, as are the colorful illustrations by Eve Andry. Great for children, and an important reminder to adults as well.
Thank you Zabie Yamasaki, Jenny Miller, and NetGalley and publisher for providing this ARC for review consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.
I just absolutely adore the message this book presents. It's a hard world out there these days and our children need to learn the language of compassion, kindness and empathy because there isn't enough of that in today's society. Also making sure that our children know that they are worthy and deserving of love just the way they are is such an important message for a child to learn early on before going through the teenage years which can be so difficult for many.
The illustrations are beautiful and will keep a child's attention. The messages are important, but put in a way that I child will enjoy reading the book.