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Catherine Hernandez publishing new book for kids, Where Do Your Feelings Live?

Where Do Your Feelings Live? is a picture book for ages 4-7 and will be published on May 17, 2022. Check out the cover and a book page from the forthcoming book.

Where Do Your Feelings Live? will be published on May 17, 2022

Catherine Hernandez, left, and Myriam Chery are the creators of picture book Where Do Your Feelings Live? (Noor Khan, Gina Simard)

Catherine Hernandez is a Canadian writer, author and playwright. Her 2017 novel Scarborough will be championed by actor Malia Baker on Canada Reads 2022.

Scarborough was a shortlisted finalist for the 2017 Toronto Book Award, the 2018 Trillium Book Award, the 2018 Edmund White Award and was on the longlist for Canada Reads 2018. The novel was also adapted to screen as a feature film and premiered at TIFF in 2021.

Hernandez's other books include the dytopian novel Crosshairs and the children's book I Promise, which was named one of the best Canadian picture books of 2019.

Hernandez is back with a new picture book called Where Do Your Feelings Live? Check out the cover and interior art below.

Where Do Your Feelings Live? is a children's book about love, compassion and caring for others. Featuring art by Quebec illustrator and co-creator Myriam Chery, young readers are encouraged to show compassion to themselves, their families and their communities, and to imagine where inside themselves they keep their feelings.

"I created the book shortly after the beginning of the pandemic. I began doing these short circle times on my Facebook page for kids to watch while in lockdown. We would read a book, sing songs — and most importantly I would check in to see how they were feeling. Kids loved it. I received drawn pictures, photos and letters from children watching," Hernandez told CBC Books.

"Most of the time, I would have to hold back tears thinking of the many lives lost each day and the conflict arising around the world. One day was particularly challenging for me and I wanted to show the children how one can visualize their feelings as a sweet animal living somewhere on their body. I had them all imagine giving that feeling a cuddle and telling it that it had every right to be the feeling they are," she added.

"With the help of Myriam Chery's tender illustrations, children are given the chance to visualize where their feeling lives in their body. Imagining these emotions as a vulnerable animal in need of care, they nurture them into a place of safety and belonging."

Where Do Your Feelings Live? is a picture book for ages 4-7 and will be published on May 17, 2022.

A book page from Where Do Your Feelings Live? by Catherine Hernandez, illustrated by Myriam Chery. (HarperCollins)

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