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Sinarski - Riley The Brave Makes it to S

Written by Jessica Sinarski

Illustrated by Zachary Kline

Riley the Brave
Makes It to School
About the book
About the book

"I'm NOT going to school today!"

Riley the Brave is a little bear with big feelings. Some days he wakes up feeling cheerful and ready to brave the day. He has energy to get dressed, eat breakfast and have some fun!

But some days he wakes up feeling like a grumpy porcupine. His brow is scrunched and he thinks that it is going to be a terrible day. Today, Riley is having one of those days! What can be done to help him?

All children struggle to make it to school some days, and this can be even tougher for children who have had difficult life experiences and extra challenges at school. This book creates a safe space for conversations about big thoughts and feelings, and offers positive tips for families to try. It also features an educational afterword for grown-ups which explains how the book helps children, and how to get the most out of it.

Resource Bundle

Make the most of the rich lesson in Jessica Sinarski's Riley the Brave Makes It to School!

The Riley the Brave Makes It to School resource bundle includes:

  • Feeling Faces with Riley the Brave

  • Love Mark Activity Page

  • Morning Checklist Poster

  • Today We Talked About Porcupine and Turtle Moments

  • I am the Boss of My Brain (with Upstairs Brain Action Plans)

  • My Mixed-Up Feelings

  • All About Me

  • Bus Stop Paw-Shake Coloring Page

Praise for Riley the Brave Makes It to School

"Kids will see themselves in the pages of this book! And caregivers will find new tools to keep their mornings from falling apart.
Riley the Brave Makes it to School is a book children will love and caregivers will read with recognition and relief. Kids will feel understood and supported in their big feelings during transitions. After all, it's even hard for Riley to go to school some days. Parents will be empowered to try new ways of approaching these moments with playfulness, acceptance, compassion, and empathy as modeled by Riley's safe big critters. The Afterword (for grown-ups) is packed with information and practical tools. I highly recommend this insightful, realistic, and encouraging book for kids and caregivers alike."

-Lisa Qualls, Author of The Connected Parent


"We all have rough mornings. Smooth out the wrinkles with Riley the Brave! This story and the educational afterword provide a brain boost of empathy, connection, and fun!"

-Kendra Morris-Jacobson, MA, Director of Oregon Post-Adoption Resource Center


"A wonderful story tackling real-life issues - this book is a gift for parents and early childhood teachers everywhere."

-Terry Ball, Executive Director, Maryland Association of Elementary School Principals

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