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In, A Friend Would Say Goodbye, Nova's neighbor dies unexpectedly, and Nova is angry and feels betrayed because he did not tell her goodbye. She is confused and struggles with her feelings about losing her friendly neighbor. However, her mother encourages her to express her feelings and not keep her emotions bottled inside.Nova learns the importance of managing her feelings to cope with losing a loved one and remembering their good times together.This heartfelt story helps adults have difficult conversations about death and loss with children.
Michol Whitney was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As an educator, she has taught in parochial, private, and public schools. She graduated from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, and is certified to teach General Education, Special Education, and English Second Language students. As a teacher for over 20 years, she is well aware of connecting with children through storytelling and reading. She loves to read, write, and tell stories on demand. As a child, she enjoyed reading narratives written in verse. She used the family encyclopedia of rhymes to make short poems for her enjoyment. While in high school, she wrote a rap about herself and encouraged her girl group of friends to do the same. Inspired by current events, Michol uses what is going on around her for teaching moments and writing material. She believes that reading and writing allow children and adults to escape where they are and enter imagination and wonderment.
Kayla Hargrove loves to draw and create character designs and simple sketches. She is fascinated by art, and art has been a strong passion of hers ever since she was a child. Art has played an enormous part in Kayla's life and has helped shape her into who she is today. She loves turning her dreams into reality. Her art is adorable and heavily inspired by Western cartoons. She specializes in two-dimensional digital art. She has illustrated several children's books and is always looking to illustrate more.