I Think I Think a Lot
A young girl notices, and celebrates, her way of looking at and experiencing the world.
I think. I think a lot. I think I think a lot. More than most other kids." A young girl notices and wonders about the ways she and her classmates approach doing good work, caring about people's feelings, and showing they're grateful. She comes to accept herself just as she is and celebrates the differences between herself and her classmates. "I care a lot. Not more than other kids, just in my own way."
Inspired by the author's experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), I Think I Think a Lot can be a starting point for discussions about overthinking or obsessive thought and about the many ways individuals see and experience the world. The neurodivergent main character allows readers to see themselves and others in the story and emphasizes self-acceptance in the face of comparison.
Jessica Whipple (authorjessicawhipple.com) is a writer for adults and children. She is the author of Enough Is . . . (Tilbury House) and I Think I Think a Lot . Her poetry has been published in print and online literary magazines. When she's not tinkering with words, Jessica loves to create with anything else she can get her hands on. She has refinished antique dining chairs, crocheted sweaters, designed and built miniature mouse houses, and once hoarded a mess of zebra grass with the hopes of making a wreath. Jessica lives in Eastern Pennsylvania. To read more of her work, visit her website or follow @JessicaWhippl17 on Twitter.
As a young girl, Josee Bisaillon loved drawing cats and houses. She really enjoyed school and always returned home full of stories to tell. She liked being in the classroom so much that she pursued her education all the way to university, where she studied graphic design. It was there that she fell in love with illustration. Since 2005, with scissors and brushes in hand, Josee has illustrated more than 40 children's books, as well as magazines and newspapers for adults. Josee lives just outside of Montreal with her spouse,their three children, one hairless cat, and many paper characters.
Hardcover Picture Book