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Review: “I’m Sad” by Michael Ian Black

Learning to navigate your emotions can be tough for anyone. It can be especially tough for a kid who’s just beginning to figure things out and put words to their experiences.

That’s why it’s so great to have picture books that can help children and their adults to navigate the emotional learning process together. “I’m Sad” by Michael Ian Black gently and humorously addresses sadness through three friends--a little girl, a flamingo, and a potato. When the flamingo is sad, the three friends have a frank discussion about sadness. Black gives kids the space to feel by assuring them that “I don’t like you just when you’re happy. I like you all the time. When you’re sad or angry or bored or anything else.” Give this sweet and silly picture book a try--it’s good for adults, too!


--Andrea W., Youth Services