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Children’s Book Review: Sometimes When I Am Sad by, Deborah Serani, Psy.D.

Book Title:  Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani
Category:  Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7)
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Free Spirit Publishing, 40 pages
Release date:   April 2020
Content Rating:  G.  Rated G.

“Sometimes When I’m Sad” is a sensitive and supportive story to help young children recognize and cope with sadness. Written by psychologist, Deborah Serani, Psy.D. and illustrated by Kyra Teis, this award-winning children’s book is also an invaluable resource for parents, teachers, caregivers and other mental health professionals. “Sometimes When I’m Sad” has been endorsed by Jo Frost, The Supernanny and pediatric depression expert ,Dr. Joan Luby.

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Deborah Serani, Psy.D. is psychologist in practice over 30 years. She is also a senior professor at Adelphi University and has been published in academic journals on many psychological subjects. Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found at ABC News, CNN, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, Reader’s Digest, The Washington Post and USA Today, and affiliate radio station programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She is also a TEDx speaker and has lectured nationally and internationally. Dr. Serani has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit – where a recurring character, Judge D. Serani, was named for her. Dr. Serani is an award-winning author, writing about psychological topics in many genres.

Connect with the author:  ​​website ~twitter ~facebook ~ goodreads


I am always on the lookout for a children’s book that can not only entertain but teach. So I am thrilled to introduce you to Sometimes When I’m Sad by Deborah Serani, Psy.D. This book combines expressive illustrations with easy to understand words that are meant to spark thoughtful conversation.

Like the companion book – Sometimes When I’m Mad – there isn’t really a story to follow. Instead, Sometimes When I’m Sad explores the many ways that sadness can manifest itself and how to deal with it. While I do prefer books with more of a plot line, especially for younger children, the lack of plot allows the reader to pick and choose what parts of the book to read outloud and customize the book for the listerner or situation.

All in all, this is a lovely book. The illustrations are especially wonderful and really bring the lesson to life.

I give this book 4 Sips



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