My Promise, written by Dr. Jillian Roberts and illustrated by Slavka Kolesar, is available on October 18 from Orca Book Publishers. Written for children aged 0–2, this lovely book is a simplified version of Dr. Roberts’s 7-Point Parental Compass, which was developed to help families face the complex issues of our modern world.
Dr. Roberts created the 7-Point Parental Compass because she noticed a lack of guidance for dealing with complex modern issues and questions that families may be facing. As the world rapidly changes in countless ways with new technological developments, the climate crisis, globalization, wars, pandemics and so on, more than ever, parents need extra advice on how to guide their children. Dr. Roberts hopes to help through her two main goals of the Parental Compass: strengthen the parent-child bond and support families in becoming effective problem solvers. Each stanza in this lovely book presents a key parenting element of the Parental Compass: start early, stay current, build resilience, nurture relationships, reduce stigma and prejudice, learn smart boundaries and offer unconditional love.
Praise for My Promise
“Gentle and quietly reassuring, this is recommended for board book collections aimed at new parents or caregivers.” —School Library Journal
About the Author and Illustrator:
Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Global News and CBC. She is the author of two bestselling and award-winning series of children’s books: the Just Enough series explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3–6, while the World Around Us series introduces kids ages 5–8 to issues like poverty and online safety. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Slavka Kolesar studied figurative painting at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and holds a BFA in visual studies and art history from the University of Toronto. She has illustrated many books, including La Légende de Carcajou, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, The Sun is a Shine and The Promise Basket. Slavka was the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club illustrator. She lives in Jaffray, British Columbia.