A Playful & Comforting Picture Book to Help Children Overcome Their Fears and Know God is With Them
In what is sure to become a favorite of both young children and parents alike, author Caroline Coleman offers her first children’s book—If I Were a Tiger
(WaterBrook; on sale 10/25/22)—a whimsical and comforting rhyming picture book about a young boy who imagines himself as a tiger to overcome his fears—only to realize that he can trust in God.
On the inspiration for If I Were a Tiger
, Coleman says, “I wrote it the first week of the pandemic …I wanted to write something fun and playful that might also help children (and adult readers like me) to ask for God's help when we're afraid.” She says she was also inspired by her son Luke (now 27) who used to wear his Halloween tiger costume year-round. Meet Tim Bone. He has a big imagination, and when it roams wild, he’s afraid of a lot of things. He's scared of the moon and the wailing typhoon, and he won't wear his sneakers because he fears hidden creatures. Tim's nervous at home, at school, and at play!
Fed up with being frightened, Tim comes up with a bold solution: He’s going to become a tiger so he can be fiercer than his fears! There’s just one problem: If he’s a tiger, he can’t be Tim. Could there be a better solution? What if Tim puts his trust in God—who made both boys and tigers—instead?So instead of pretending or hiding away, I kneel, close my eyes, and begin to pray.I remember God loves me and calms all my fears. He holds my right hand and dries all my tears.
This encouraging storybook invites kids of all ages to live in the comforting truth that no one has to carry their fears alone, and offers the reminder that God is only a prayer away. If I Were a Tiger
, which releases just before Halloween, makes a great gift for the Christmas season and throughout the year. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Caroline Coleman
loves to write for all ages. She has a fiction MFA from Brooklyn College, an English degree from Princeton, and two law degrees she doesn’t use anymore. She is also the author of the novel Loving Soren
. She lives in New York City with her family and is no longer afraid of the dark. For more information, visit:
https://www.instagram.com/caroline.coleman.969/ ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR: Nadya Bonten-Slenders
has been drawing and writing ever since she was a little girl. As a freelance illustrator, she mostly focuses on painting commissions and the creation of whimsical animal prints. After the birth of her son, Luke, she found a great passion for picture books. Through her art and stories, she invites young children and their parents to visit a world of imagination through meeting her cute, whimsical, and adventurous characters. She lives in the Netherlands with her husband, son, and bunny. On-Sale: October 25, 2022
Juvenile Fiction - Religious
ISBN 9780593235546 ● Hardcover ● 40 Pages ● $12.99 US ● $15.00 CAN
eBook ISBN 9780593235553 ● eBook $7.99 US ● $10.99 CAN