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Natural Awakenings Charlotte

Books for Children and Teens by Charlotte Area Authors

My Big Notebook

by Carla Carlisle  

My Big Notebook (SPARK Publications) is a fun, private, guided way for elementary school-aged children to express their own thoughts, feelings, and experiences as an ongoing form of self-expression while coping with life and daily stressors. JC is your child’s buddy in a composition-style book. My Big Notebook includes evidence-based coping mechanisms packaged into fun journaling and coloring pages along with meaningful stories from JC’s life. Carla is a TEDx speaker and child and mental health advocate.

Ages 5-10. For more information or to purchase, visit

 Roly-Poly and the Light

by L. Leigh Love


This story is for anyone who has ever felt different. It is an uplifting and inspirational reflection of a child’s friendship with an unusual roly‑poly, Ayla, who shares wisdom of valuing self, differences and connecting with others. Whether young or old, this story enlightens us on how to appreciate our uniqueness, similarities, and differences. We see how this creates a more beautiful world, both within ourselves and with our connection to others. Leigh is an East Coast author and artist.

Ages 1-8. For more information or to purchase, visit or Also visit

B3 Goes to the Playground

by Charleszetta Smith Ford


B3 is a flying superhero, and she gets you moving! The Better Bodies Buddy (aka B3) meets EJ, a little frog who doesn’t like exercise. She teaches him that exercise is fun. EJ makes new friends in the process. 


Ages 5-8. For more information or to purchase, visit

 The Year of the Buttered Cat

by Susan Haas with Lexi Haas


Susan and Lexi Haas look back on the year Lexi discovered she would be disabled and the five gifts that gave her a path forward. Reviewers call the middle grade story “Laugh-out loud funny” (Booklist) and “Amusing and compelling” (Kirkus Reviews).


Ages 9-13. For more information or to purchase, visit Main Street Books, Davidson, That’s Novel in Camp North End, Charlotte, and

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