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Children's Fiction Self-esteem & Self-reliance

The Reflection in Me

by (author) Marc Colagiovanni

illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

Scholastic Inc
Initial publish date
Mar 2024
Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Emotions & Feelings, Love & Romance
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 3
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2024
    List Price

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In the follow-up to When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left, comes a heartwarming and joyful celebration of self-love from #1 New York Times bestselling creator Peter H. Reynolds and talented author Marc Colagiovanni!


"I like being you," said the reflection in the mirror. “To me, you are perfectly perfect."

This is a story of self-love that teaches children that their physical layer is just that -- one layer -- and below it lies a rich tapestry of attributes that make them unique and wonderful. Through Marc Colagiovanni’s powerful text and Peter H. Reynolds's inspirational artwork, this picture book offers readers a wholly original exploration of self-love and self-acceptance.

Originally released as an animated short, which has over 1.4 million views on YouTube, this is the second of two new picture books created in collaboration with Marc and Peter that is sure to inspire, affirm, and reassure at key milestone moments in every young reader's life.The Reflection in Me serves to empower children and readers of all ages to find the courage to look inside and love themselves just as they are.

About the authors

MARC COLAGIOVANNI est un auteur de livres pour enfants qui pratique actuellement comme avocat dans l’État du Rhode Island. Même s’il aime bien cette profession et qu’il est honoré d’en faire partie, sa véritable passion, c’est d’écrire. Il est l’auteur des livres Quand ça ne tourne pas rond, change de direction et The Reflection in Me, tous deux illustrés par Peter H. Reynolds. Marc est né, a grandi et habite à Cranston, au Rhode Island, avec sa femme et ses trois filles.


MARC COLAGIOVANNI is a children's book author who is currently a practicing attorney in the state of Rhode Island. While he is honored to be a part of the legal profession and enjoys the practice of law, his true passion is writing. He is the author of When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left and The Reflection in Me, both illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Marc was born, raised, and currently resides in Cranston, Rhode Island, with his wife and three daughters.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for When Things Aren't Going Right, Go Left:

"Resilience and optimism win the day -- and the long game -- in an encouraging fable about finding one's way." -- Publishers Weekly


Praise for Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds:

An Amazon Best Children's Book of 2021

* "In Reynolds' established tradition, this story is simple and full of heart, celebrating the wonder and possibility of being human and being in relationship... Sweet and timely for today's families." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Reynolds tells the story simply and illustrates it expressively... A reminder of what really matters." -- Booklist, starred review


Praise for Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds:

"What is remarkable about the book is that even though the instructions and the brief sentences explaining them are at times vague, the illustrations expand on them in ways readers will find endearing and uplifting... Both beautiful and inspiring as graduation gift or guide to life." -- Kirkus Reviews


Praise for Say Something! by Peter H. Reynolds:

"A motivational must-have for every collection." -- School Library Journal

"This book's encouragement to kids to find their voices can also be used to start a conversation about how they can make a difference in their world." -- Kirkus Reviews


Praise for The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds:

"Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books -- make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat." -- Travis Jonker, School Library Journal

"Capture[s] the beauty of words and the wonder of sharing them with others... enchanting." -- Kirkus Reviews

"Packs a powerful punch... capture[s] both the joy of learning and the power of kindness." -- School Library Journal


Praise for Happy Dreamer by Peter H. Reynolds:

"The message of acceptance and patience comes through clearly, and the exhortation to 'carve your own path' and 'show the world who you are' will be appreciated by anyone who has ever felt misunderstood." -- Booklist

"Celebrates individuality, self-expression, and the joys of being a dreamer... a liberating validation of dreaming as restorative, comforting, and powerful, while giving kids full license to be themselves." -- Publishers Weekly

"A sweet gift to praise spirited individuality, this choice encourages readers to dream big. Let those sparkles fly!" -- Kirkus Reviews

Other titles by Marc Colagiovanni

Other titles by Peter H. Reynolds