Emerge: A Story of Confidence

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What It’s About

Alone in the dark, Little Seed feels scared. A reassuring message helps the adorable main character make a heroic journey from doubt to self-confidence. This captivating story teaches children that patience, courage, and self-belief can transform fear.

Parents will delight in watching children’s confidence blossom through reading the book and reciting Little Seed’s inspiring pledge.

Emerge features a gender neutral main character. It supports social and emotional learning and moral development for ages 3 to 8.

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Published by Big Orange Balloons Press

ISBN 9780996385015 – Hardcover
ISBN 9780996385022 – Paperback
ISBN 9780996385039 – Electronic

Ages 3 – 10. Gender neutral

5 Star Reviews

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“Children everywhere will relate to the main character, Little Seed, who experiences moments of doubt and fear. The captivating text and illustrations help children learn to trust themselves and look for the good all around them. Emerge is an unforgettable children’s book that will be a story time treasure for years to come.” ~Kristy Abbott, Author of Finding Home and The Ghosted Bridge

“Children from all walks of life face uncertainty every day. Dr. Rogers has given children a roadmap to overcome doubt and fear. Confidence is something many people (not just children) struggle with. Emerge is an important book that illustrates how courage, patience, and positive thinking lift us out of darkness.” ~Libby Logan Perez, Parent, Educator and School Librarian

Why I Wrote It

Anxiety. Doubt. Uncertainty. Fear.

Parents, educators, and mental health professionals know anxiety is an increasing problem at home and in the classroom. Most children who struggle with anxiety don’t know how to manage it. Their coping skills are limited to fight, flight or freeze responses.

Many adults are also lost for words when it comes to talking to young people about fear and anxiety. I wrote Emerge as a way of helping adults help children who suffer from anxiety and the accompanying loss of self-esteem. 

Emerge is especially suited to highly sensitive children, children facing illness, and those with special needs.

Create a Conversation

Is your child anxious? Fearful? Are you unsure how to address fears that seem irrational? According to the Child Mind Institute, anxiety issues begin in early childhood, but over 80% go untreated.

Reading a book together is a great way to talk to your child about their concerns and fears. Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or teacher, we all have a role to play helping children feel more confident. Emerge helps you create a conversation about:

  • Fear
  • Uncertainty
  • Change and growth
  • Courage
  • Building inner strength
  • Finding your way even when the world seems dark
  • Innate potential
  • Learning patience
  • Hope

Why Confidence Matters

Confidence is both inspiring and contagious. It’s a quality that all successful leaders have in common. Confidence is a complex personal attribute made up of traits such as perseverance, mental energy, spiritedness, resolve, determination, and optimism.

Like all life skills, confidence is learned.

The importance of confidence 

Confident children feel hopeful. Optimism sets the tone for how a child moves forward in life. Hopeful children are more likely to persevere regardless of setbacks. Confidence acts as a buffer against life’s hardships. Following a disastrous fire in 1914, optimism is the quality that allowed Thomas Edison to face potential ruin saying, “There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” Within weeks of the fire, Edison delivered a new innovation–the phonograph.

Confidence is contagious. Confident kids remember are aware of who they are and understand that life has hiccups, but hiccups don’t last. Confidence kids are often enthusiastic and bring out the best in  others. It’s a positivity that’s inspiring and attractive to others.

Confidence is taking the “long view.” It means seeing the big picture. It is being resilient to what’s happening at the moment in order to achieve a something bigger. Kids who can see the big picture can look beyond temporary challenges, like mistakes, misunderstanding, teasing, or exclusion. Confident kids don’t sweat the small stuff.

Confidence has a lasting impact.  Confidence is an acquired skill that helps us endure disappointment and difficulty. The impact of confidence keeps kids motivated and inspired. It gives them the will to try and the will to keep going. Confidence builds on itself and helps children achieve success and satisfaction.