Rockstar Book Tours: Interview & Giveaway ~ The Power of Piggie Bear (Mara James) ~ (US Only)

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YABC is thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE POWER OF PIGGY BEAR by Mara James Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours.

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About the Book:

Title: THE POWER OF PIGGY BEAR

Author: Mara James, Matthew Mew (Illustrations)

Pub. Date: March 2, 2021

Publisher: Brown Books Kids

Formats: Hardcover

Pages: 32

Find it:GoodreadsAmazon, B&N, TBD, Bookshop.org

Extraordinary Lives Foundation Founder and CEO Mara James releases her debut children’s picture book to promote Mental Health Awareness and Wellness!

Do you ever feel sad, lonely, or worried? What about angry, or scared? These feelings can be hard to fell, can't they? It would be much easier to just feel happy all the time! But everyone feels these ways sometimes, and it's nothing to be scared or worried about. As long as you know helpful ways to handle your feelings, everything will be OK! And that is what Piggie Bear is for! Piggie Bear shows children everywhere just how amazing they are, each and everyone. And Piggie Bear also shows children different techniques they can use to work through emotions that are hard to feel and understand. The Power of Piggie Bear is an important emotional tool, created for young children to learn how to identify, process, and manage their own feelings in a healthy way.

Mara Reads THE POWER OF PIGGY BEAR

 

 

Q&A With Mara James

What would you say the overarching theme is in The Power of Piggie Bear ?

The overarching theme of the book is improving children’s social and emotional learning. Society puts so much pressure on a child’s IQ, but if they don’t have a high EQ, they are less likely to live happy and fulfilled lives.

Piggie Bear’s favorite saying is, “I am amazing,” which is something all children should feel. However, there are days when Piggie Bear does not feel amazing, and Piggie Bear gives readers a couple of techniques for handling negative feelings. Can you tell us why you chose breathing and a self-hug as the two exercises to include in this book?

It is imperative that we follow the phrase, “I am,” with positive words. The Power of Piggie Bear teaches children to say, “I am Amazing!” Piggie Bear teaches deep belly breathing because, while most of us learn to take deep breaths to calm ourselves, we might approach this exercise in the wrong way. We can actually experience more anxiety when we breathe into our chests while taking deep breaths. Piggie Bear teaches children to breathe deeply into their bellies, which better calms the nervous system.

It has been proven that hugs can make us happier, reduce stress and fears, may protect against illness and may boost heart health. Therefore, Piggie Bear teaches children about the self-hug, which they can perform all by themselves.

Piggie Bear is never identified by gender or by color, nor is Piggie Bear ever identified as a pig or a bear—hence their name. Could you explain the thought process behind not disclosing Piggie Bear’s full character identity to the reader?

I wanted children to know that it doesn’t matter what gender we are, nor what we look like, because we are ALL amazing just the way we are! Wouldn’t it be great to teach children not to judge others at a young age? As a society, we are so judgmental, and this needs to change. This change begins with our powerful and loving friend Piggie Bear.

Instead of using a full storyline for The Power of Piggie Bear, you made this book more of an instructional self-help book for kids. Could you tell us why you made this decision, and how it is more effective for the audience you’re trying to reach?

I felt that the first book in the Piggie Bear series needed to be a straightforward introduction to Piggie Bear and his powerful teachings. When I tested this book with children, they all loved it (and adults did, too!), so it worked!

What message would you like readers to take away after reading The Power of Piggie Bear?

I want my readers to know that children are amazing just the way they are and help them identify emotions and develop self calming skills. I want everyone to love themselves!

In your opinion, what characteristics set The Power of Piggie Bear apart from other children’s books about emotional learning?

Piggie Bear provides children with a cute, friendly and loving friend that is always there for them. Just the thought of Piggie Bear will bring smiles to children’s faces and hearts. As children feel a connection with Piggie Bear while reading this book, they will be more open and accepting. They will remember Piggie Bear’s teachings, and they will have a new best friend!

Is there any chance that there is a sequel in the works for Piggie Bear?

Yes! I have several books in mind. Once our non-profit, the Extraordinary Lives Foundation, raises the funds to illustrate and publish the books, be on the lookout for:

  • Piggie Bear’s Power of Happiness
  • Piggie Bear’s Power of Sleep
  • Piggie Bear’s Power of Friendship

And many more!

There will be “power cards” that teachers can use in classrooms as emotional tools for children. Could you tell us what these are and how they can be utilized in lesson planning?

“Piggie Bear’s Power Cards” features forty-four fun and adorable cards that parents and teachers can use as tools to empower children, both emotionally and physically. Each card is uniquely designed to help increase children’s confidence and self-esteem and encourage physical movement. Parents and teachers can use these cards daily and turn them into a fun activity.

Tell us a little bit about your non-profit organization, the Extraordinary Lives Foundation (ELF). Was there a particular experience that led you to establishing this nonprofit?

In 2014, at the age of 48, I experienced a severe manic episode out of the blue and was diagnosed as bipolar. Throughout my healing journey, I focused on healing my inner child; I knew that I needed to begin ELF to guide other parents and help them and their young children. I encourage the prevention and early diagnosis of mental health challenges in children. I also encourage parents to explore holistic options as well as traditional medicine. The more children can learn about dealing with their emotions, the more resilient they will become. Early diagnosis and the proper treatment can help avoid self-medication with drugs and alcohol and discourage self-destructive behavior.

What does the Extraordinary Lives Foundation do?

Extraordinary Lives Foundation’s mission is to improve children’s mental health and wellness and support families by providing educational tools, resources, and awareness events. We encourage adults to recognize symptoms, overcome stigmas and reach out for help. Through prevention, early intervention, and holistic treatment, we believe many of the big problems facing today’s youth can be transformed within a generation.

ELF helps improve the mental health of children and their families in four ways:

  1. ELF hosts mental health awareness events.
  2. ELF creates therapeutic tools for children.
  3. ELF provides educational resources for parents, parents to be and teachers.
  4. ELF bridges the gap between traditional and holistic healing options.

Mental health affects people of all ages and in all walks of life. Our multifaceted approach is particularly focused on children but is designed to also reach families and their communities. I am on a mission to help heal and transform the world, one person at a time.

How can people help the Extraordinary Lives Foundation?

  • Follow us on social media.
  • Sign up for our email newsletter on our website: www.elfempowers.org.
  • Purchase Piggie Bear products.
  • Donate money to help us create more Piggie Bear products so we can give them to vulnerable children that need them the most!

About Mara James:

 

Originally from New York, Mara James relocated to California with her husband and her three children in 2007. They established Dr. James’s OBGYN practice, and for seven years, Mara managed the busy office. Then, in 2014, Mara unexpectedly experienced a manic episode and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Through her battle with mental health, many wellness professionals helped Mara heal and transform her life. Mara established the Extraordinary Lives Foundation and created Piggie Bear to promote mental health awareness and provide both children and their parents with the resources needed to pursue holistic wellness. Mara lives with her family in Orange County, California.

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About the Illustrator Mathew Mew:

 

Matthew Mew has been working with children’s books and materials as an author and illustrator for over thirty-five years. After graduating from UCLA with a degree in design, he worked for six years as a character illustrator in the Disneyland Creative Services Department. For the past thirty years, he has been a freelancer, designing and illustrating children’s products and print media for companies both large and small.

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Giveaway Details:

2 winners will win a finished copy of THE POWER OF PIGGY BEAR, US Only.

 
 

Tour Schedule:

Week One:

5/3/2021

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5/4/2021

YA Books Central

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5/5/2021

Jill Piscitello

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5/6/2021

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5/7/2021

cindysloveofbooks 

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Week Two:

5/10/2021

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5/11/2021

Rajiv's Reviews

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5/12/2021

@minnesota_mailer

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5/13/2021

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5/14/2021

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5/17/2021

michellemengsbookblog

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5/18/2021

Jazzy Book Reviews

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5/19/2021

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5/20/2021

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5/21/2021

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5/24/2021

@bookshelfmomma

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5/25/2021

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5/26/2021

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5/27/2021

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5/28/2021

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5/31/2021

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