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Written by Jessica Sinarski

Illustrated by Zachary Kline

Riley the Brave's
Sensational Senses
About the book

Sensory and emotional challenges can make it tough to have fun – even at exciting places like the fair. All of the smells, sounds, and sights can just be too much! When sensory overload threatens to ruin the day, this brightly illustrated story will help families find their way through.

Riley the Brave is a little bear with big feelings. He really wants to have fun at the fair, but sometimes he struggles just making it to school, especially on the STINKY, BUMPY, NOISY bus! It is hard for Riley to focus and have fun when he is feeling so many confusing sensations. He has porcupine moments, turtle moments, and even tiger moments roaring at his teacher! How can he ever go to the fair? ​

This book teaches children about their senses through a playful story with real-life strategies for emotion regulation. An educational afterword for grown-ups includes tips for helping the brave cubs in your life. 

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Dig deeper with a digital resource bundle!

Make the most of Riley the Brave's Sensational Senses and get bonus activities, tips and tricks, and practical solutions for your sensory journey.

The Riley the Brave's Sensational Senses resource bundle includes:

  • My Sensational Choices activity

  • My SOS Rescue Plan

  • Discussion guide

  • Printable poster

And more resources for you, your child, and the other important adults in your child's life!

Praise for Riley the Brave's Sensational Senses

The perfect book to help children tend to their sensory needs so they can learn, play, and BE their awesome selves with confidence!”

-Debbie Reber, founder and CEO, Tilt Parenting, author of Differently Wired

"My daughter loves Riley the Brave! Riley reminds her that everybody is different and it’s okay (and very brave) to ask for what she needs to feel safe and comfortable."

-Melissa "HR Mom" Griffin


“A great, warm and empathetic resource offering a wealth of ideas and strategies to support children with sensory difficulties.”

-Sarah Lloyd, author of Building Underdeveloped Sensorimotor Systems in Children with Developmental Trauma

“I love this book! This is a great addition to the Riley the Brave series.”

-Debb Oliver, Ed.D. Co-Founder and CEO of MindfulSEAD, Author Leading Schools with Social Emotional Academic Development (SEAD) and The Learning Transformation