The Shy Monster
The Shy Monster

The Shy Monster

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Author: Shamirrah Hill

The Shy Monster is an adorable story about a little girl who struggles to overcome her shyness. Her shyness is depicted as a mean monster who bullies her, making her scared to speak up and go after her dreams. One day, she learns a new strategy for overcoming her fears. Join her in her transformational journey as she develops her courage and self-confidence. 

This book is perfect for elementary school children ages 6 - 10 who struggle with

  • shyness
  • social anxiety
  • fear
  • making friends
  • adjusting to a new school
  • trying new activities
  • using their voice
  • expressing themselves

This colorful picture book teaches social-emotional learning (SEL) and equips children to grow in the areas of

  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Awareness
  • Social Awareness
  • Self-Esteem
  • Bravery/Courage

The rhyming pattern of the story & the confidence-building affirmations included, make this book fun, memorable, and powerful. Children will be able to recite the affirmation they learn in this book anytime they start feeling shy, so they will remember… 

Shy Monster, your voice can’t hurt me

I do not believe what you say

You can say scary things if you want to

but I’m going to speak up anyway!

Parents, Educators, & Counselors

You will love the discussion questions and social-emotional development tips included in this book. The author, Shamirrah Hill, was once a shy little girl and is a former K - 12 theatre teacher who has over 15 years of experience in helping kids break out of their shells through the performing arts. The discussion questions, which she’s used in many of her classrooms, will help your little ones process the story and make connections to their own lives. The Shy Monster also makes a great birthday gift & is a great classroom tool for helping confident students to develop compassion for their less confident classmates. (For a FREE confidence-building lesson plan & coloring page, visit the author’s profile!)

Librarians & Bookstore Owners

Adding this book to your collection is a perfect way to support diversity and representation in children’s literature. This book is written by a Black author, includes illustrations by an African-American illustrator, and features a young Black girl as the main character. 

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Shamirrah Hill; 2nd edition (September 8, 2017)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 38 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0692938052
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0692938058
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 6 - 10 years
  • Grade level ‏ : ‎ 1 - 5
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 3.68 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.09 x 8.5 inches

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