Friday, June 5, 2020

Grow Through It! Awareness Tour

Enter for a chance to win a copy of  Grow Through It, by Jay Dee and a group of six illustrators!

One (1) grand prize winner receives:
  • A paperback copy of Grow Through It.
  • A $50 donation will be made in the winner’s name to UNICEF for COVID-19 relief efforts.
Nine (9) winners receive:
  • A paperback copy of Grow Through It.
Giveaway begins May 25, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 25, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

Written by Jay Dee
Illustrated by Jacob Chalkley, Darren Geers, Feras Khagani, Mike Shaposhnikov, Ishmam Ahmed, and Axel Schmidt
Publisher’s Synopsis: Ellen is stuck at home. There’s no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it. See how starting each day with purpose and gratitude can make all the difference! Created during the CV-19 pandemic, 100% of the proceeds from sales of this book are donated to coronavirus relief efforts.
Ages 5+ | Publisher: Kraine Kreative | May 17, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-0989810876

Ellen is like many of us - she receives the news of school closure and sheltering at home with thoughts of, "I hate this! It's not fair." Rather than try to argue that everything is fine, her mother agrees that it is unfair. Then she asks Ellen if she wants to simply get through this difficult time, or would she rather grow through it. Between her mother's guidance and her own realization that just getting by quickly becomes tiresome, Ellen tries new things and thinks of ways to help others.

The things Ellen does are well within the abilities of most children, especially those with some adult help available. Whether it is baking cookies for a neighbor, making drawings to mail to friends, or creating a special performance to share in a video chat with her grandmother - she finds ways to support others. In that way, she is much like the author and illustrators of this story. Yes, I said illustrators. You can see their various artistic styles in these images of Ellen.

Along with showing a realistic reaction to having her usual routine disrupted and being separated from her friends, Ellen's behavior throughout the rest of the story is also familiar for children in the current situation. Getting bored with too much screen time, feeling grumpy that parents have to work (even when they are at home), even having a meltdown and needing a timeout - many kids have done the same. Jay and the illustrators did a wonderful job of showing typical actions and feelings, and stressing that Ellen didn't always remember to "grow through it." That realism makes "growing through it" something anyone reading the story can try.


Jay Dee
Jay is an author, a certified coach, and the freshly crowned video chat expert for his nieces and nephews. As the coronavirus lockdown seemed to put life on pause, he was inspired to create a book that reminded kids (and himself!) that even days spent sheltering in place are opportunities to grow. Jay lives in San Francisco and is the author of the bestseller, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas. Find his other books at


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The Fairview Review is participating in the blog tour in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and Jay Dee.

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