Ezra’s Invisible Backpack – Picture Book for Positive Mental Health
“In a world where mental health remains stigmatized and language around emotions is yet to be taught, people of all ages move through life with a heaviness they’re unable to describe. Ezra’s Imaginary Backpack creates language around struggles all of us have but aren’t able to communicate. Ezra’s Imaginary Backpack fills a gaping hole left by the lack of education around emotion identification, mental health and the power of empathy. This book should on the shelf of every home, classroom, and therapist’s office as a necessary resource for people of all ages. ”
-Endorsement by Sydney Gideon, LSW at Symmetry Counseling
To the world, Ezra seems like a typical, happy fourth-grader, yet making friends and joining groups can be overwhelming for him. His teacher introduces the idea that everyone has an “invisible” backpack with bricks that others cannot see. These bricks represent obstacles, emotions, and worries that people carry with them each day. From this, Ezra begins to realize that a smile on the outside doesn’t always reflect what’s happening on the inside.
EZRA’S INVISIBLE BACKPACK is a picture book that shows us how kindness and communication with those around us can go a long way in making our classmates feel understood. The invisible backpack is a concrete tool for children to utilize in their daily lives to better express their emotions. It’s the perfect book to inspire empathy and empower children to identify and understand their emotions.
Plus, go further with discussion questions and tools at the back of the book that encourages positive mental health. A fantastic book for parents, teachers, and counselors alike!
– Published: May 25th, 2021
– Dimensions: 8 x 10
– ISBN: 978-1-7343195-8-3
– Softcover Bound
– E-Version available
– Publisher: BiblioKid Publishing
– Authors: Dina Rock & Hannah Cohen
– Illustrator: Gaspar D. Sabater