My Grateful Book

Children - Picture Book
21 Pages
Reviewed on 02/26/2019
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Author Biography

A business owner, busy wife and mother of two
adorable young ladies, living and loving life in
Yanchep, Western Australia.
Originally from Dunedin in New Zealand, my
love of reading came from my mum and big sister
reading to her at an early age, the wonderful stories
of Winnie the Pooh and Beatrix Potter. “These authors
inspired and influenced me greatly. Amazing people
and their beautiful words took me to another world as
a child, where anything is possible and encouraged
me to dream of becoming a writer myself someday.”
It wasn’t until she met her now-husband (Kerry) that
I really started believing that my dream may become
a reality. “I overheard Kerry talking to a friend, and he
said; “She will write a book one day I know she will.” “I
looked at him and realised he meant what he said,
and although I had only thought of it as a dream, he
really believed I could do it. I showed the first draft
of My Grateful Book to a friend, and suddenly the
dream took on a life of its own. I thought about the
finished book, and with tears in my eyes, my heart
just soared.
We had great feedback on My Grateful Book and
now My Welcome Book, the second in a series
focused on encouraging and supportive life lessons
for small children, is receiving fabulous feedback too.
With the second book out I’ve finally started calling
myself an Author.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Dawn Weaver for Readers' Favorite

My Grateful Book by Diana Smith is an enchanting book which gently touches on the little things for which a child, or an adult, can be thankful. Whether at home or at school, out of doors or in the water, observing the rain or enjoying sunshine and rainbows, there are always gifts around us, if only we can train our eyes to look for them. Diana Smith teaches us to take delight in the little moments around us which add so much to our lives, whether those moments involve fish or flowers, butterflies or broccoli—yes, broccoli! Skillfully weaving soft hues and vibrant color, illustrator Sara Jane Marchant effectively brings the prose to life, guiding us along on a beautiful journey of gratitude.

My Grateful Book by Diana Smith is the perfect book to read at bedtime—or any time a child is struggling with appreciating life! While reading it, I could picture being snuggled up at night with my child or grandchild and being carried away to a soothing, quiet place by its lovely prose and soft, charming illustrations. I wish I'd had this book when my children were younger! It will definitely be on the list of books to get for future grandchildren or for friends who are having little ones. My Grateful Book would be an excellent addition to classroom libraries as a source of calm in the midst of potential chaos! It has the potential to open up discussions on gratitude for children of all ages.