Author: Lori Orlinsky
Pub. Date: April 16, 2019
Publisher: Mascot Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook
Pages: 38
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month so today we’re highlighting the National Bullying Prevention Center pick Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) by Lori Orlinsky! Perfect for kids who feel like (or genuinely are) shorter than their peers, Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) helps kids feel better about themselves and realize that there is more to them than just their height.

Honestly, one of the best part of this entire book is the dedication page where Lori reminds her own children that their height is not the sum of their worth nor should it stand in the way of their dreams. Lori, after all, is writing from her own experience (as you can see in her ‘about the author’ section). And you can tell how much the message means to her.

Told in rhyming verse and accompanied by adorable illustrations from Vanessa Alexandre, Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) is an affirming book that would be perfect for bedtime or any time a child in a similar situation to the book’s protagonist needs a little bit of a pick me up. It’s definitely a cute book with a great message!

About the Book

Being small is the worst! No one ever picks me for their sports team and my feet hurt from standing on my tiptoes all the time. There can’t be anything good about being small…right? Being Small is a picture book about a little girl who is scared to go to school because she’s the shortest kid in the class. She talks about all of the reasons that being short is a challenge, but her mother presents to her funny and unique advantages that only she has because of her height, instilling self-confidence in her. This book is a must-read for any child who has ever fallen behind the curve on the growth chart.

“A wonderful, read-aloud picture book…highly recommended for personal and public library children’s collections.” —Midwest Book Review

“The story itself works well; the artwork is colorful, detailed, and draws the reader in. Kids of this early age group will love it. Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All) by Lori Orlinsky is highly recommended.” —Readers Favorite

“With lovely illustrations that help to tell the little rhyming story well, this is a great book for children who would like to know that their height is never an issue in life; they re beautiful just the way they are! Highly recommended for kids everywhere!” –Jed Doherty, Host/Executive Producer, Reading With Your Kids Podcast

Download some coloring sheets from BEING SMALL (ISN’T SO BAD AFTER ALL)!


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About the Author

Lori Orlinsky is a multi award-winning children’s book author, freelance writer and marketing director who lives in Chicago. Lori is the mother of two little ladies who are small but mighty. Lori is certified by the CDC in Bullying Prevention and Response Training, and is an Ambassador for the National Bullying Prevention Center.  At 5″1, she wishes her children’s picture book “Being Small (Isn’t So Bad After All),” was around when she was growing up. Lori’s books are published by Mascot Books.

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