Tristezza non mi fai paura!

We had to cancel our trip to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna last minute. “Sometimes Disappointment arrives unexpectedly”. It’s a small consolation to know that the Italian edition of my book, published by #nordsudedizioni, has been spotted in the bookstore by my dear friends @artsofsong and @margaretsturton, who are hopefully eating lots of gelato on my behalf. Also, I know my work is in good hands with the wonderful people from @andersenpress who will be working very hard this week at the fair. I wish everyone at the fair a good time this week! #repost @lamicofritzofficine・・・Non tutta la tristezza viene per nuocere, ci sono giorni in cui arriva senza nessuno preavviso, ma non ha cattive intenzioni, vuole solo essere accettata. Allora bisogna accoglierla, ascoltare in silenzio ciò che vuole dire e invece di respingerla possiamo provare ad abbracciarla, senza paura. Magari ha bisogno solo di dormire con un amico vicino. “Quando ti sveglierai, non preoccuparti se sarà andata via. È un nuovo giorno per lei e anche per te.” Un libro che arriva come una carezza: gentile, delicato e caldo. Ci insegna a non avere paura delle nostre emozioni, ma ci sprona a riconoscerle e a essere capaci di accettarle. Bello. #tristezzanonmifaipaura #evaeland #marinellabarigazzi #nordsudedizioni #whensadnesscomestocall #book #bookforkids #instabook #bookstagram #libribelli #cipiace #albiillustrati #illustration #kids #emozioni #emotions
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We had to cancel our trip to the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna last minute. “Sometimes Disappointment arrives unexpectedly”. It’s a small consolation to know that the Italian edition of my book, published by #nordsudedizioni, has been spotted in the bookstore by my dear friends @artsofsong and @margaretsturton, who are hopefully eating lots of gelato on my behalf. Also, I know my work is in good hands with the wonderful people from @andersenpress who will be working very hard this week at the fair. I wish everyone at the fair a good time this week!

 

#repost @lamicofritzofficine・・・Non tutta la tristezza viene per nuocere, ci sono giorni in cui arriva senza nessuno preavviso, ma non ha cattive intenzioni, vuole solo essere accettata. Allora bisogna accoglierla, ascoltare in silenzio ciò che vuole dire e  invece di respingerla possiamo provare ad abbracciarla, senza paura. Magari ha bisogno solo di dormire con un amico vicino. “Quando ti sveglierai, non preoccuparti se sarà andata via. È un nuovo giorno per lei e anche per te.” Un libro che arriva come una carezza: gentile, delicato e caldo. Ci insegna a non avere paura delle nostre emozioni, ma  ci sprona a riconoscerle e a essere capaci di accettarle. Bello. #tristezzanonmifaipaura #evaeland #marinellabarigazzi #nordsudedizioni #whensadnesscomestocall #book #bookforkids #instabook #bookstagram #libribelli #cipiace #albiillustrati #illustration #kids #emozioni #emotions

Libraries

Lovely @sarahturpinillustrator found my book in the library. I love libraries. I have the most fond memories of visiting my local library as a child. I always took as many books as I could on my card. I even pretend played ‘library’ with my friend in my spare time. There have been points in my life where I have questioned why I would keep carrying books from A to B, if I didn’t even manage to read half of them. I also remember calculating as a child how many pieces of my favourite candy I could’ve bought with the fines I accumulated over time. I don’t think as a child I was really aware of how much reading enriched my life - and that actually, growing up without a TV the first 11 years of my life gave me so much more than what I missed out on. I really believed it was important to know your Sesamstreet and whatever else they all watched. #whensadnesscomestocall @andersenpress #evaeland #library #repost @sarahturpinillustrator・・・Well look what I just found in my library @evaeland
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Lovely @sarahturpinillustrator found my book in the library.
I love libraries. I have the fondest memories of visiting my local library as a child. I always took as many books as I could on my card. I even pretend played ‘library’ with my friend in my spare time (I’m old enough now not to care about how uncool that sounds).
There have been points in my life where I have questioned why I would keep carrying books from A to B, if I didn’t even manage to read half of them. I also remember calculating as a child how many pieces of my favourite candy I could’ve bought with the fines I accumulated over time.
I don’t think I was really aware as a child of how much reading enriched my life – and that actually, growing up without a TV the first 11 years of my life gave me so much more than what I missed out on. Though at the time, I really did believe it was important to know your Sesamstreet and whatever else they all watched.

Say hello to Sadness

Say hello to Sadness, because today is publication day of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’!

Many thanks to the wonderful team at @andersenpress, in particular Libby @libbyhamham and Beccy @bexgarrill for their superb editing – and art directing skills. It’s an understatement when I say that I couldn’t have made this book without them.

I finished this book during my study at the @cambridge_school_of_art @csacbi and developed the blueprint of it with the help of wonderful tutors (and classmates!). Only a few of them are here on Instagram but thank you for some amazing and insightful tutorials @pamsmyillustrator @kmanolessou @davidhughesinc and friends and classmates for all the support, cakes interesting conversations.

And last but not least, thanks to my family (@welcometotheprocess @aldo_eland) and @mauri.mendes for continuing support. And Mauri in particular for making sure I’m always fed, hugged and cheered on along the way!

This is an illustration from the book. I am still surprised sometimes at how much lighter the feeling of sadness becomes, when I simply accept its presence and stop resisting it, one way or the other. This is one of the experiences I’d like to share with the reader (be it a child or an adult). Maybe sadness isn’t all that scary and overwhelming when we can face it directly, with kindness and curiosity.

How do you usually cope with feelings of sadness? Can you ‘sit’ with it sometimes and just let it be? I have to confess that it’s one of the lessons I’m still learning myself.

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The importance of self-care

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This year I skipped writing a long list of resolutions. Instead, I wrote down some of the things I accomplished and enjoyed in 2018. It’s so easy to forget how beautiful and special life can be when we are continually focusing on what needs to be done to move forward and trying to meet whatever expectations we have set for ourselves.

These are details from the endpapers in the back of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’. They seem to sum up perfectly the sentiment I’m feeling lately. As I’m thinking about sadness and wellbeing quite often lately, it came to my attention just how important self-care is in this regard. Especially in those moments where you need it most, it might be difficult to be kind towards yourself.
For me having enough sleep seems to be the beginning, after which all else becomes easier… like being able to enjoy the good things in life, and not feeling stuck in a permanent state of feeling overwhelmed by everything.
What are the things you do to take care of yourself and recharge?

On drawing

For me, drawing and writing have both always been very important - using them both as tools to express, revise, construct, negotiate and develop thoughts and feelings. ⠀Drawing can calm me down and writing helps me to think more clearly.⠀⠀This is one of the illustrations from the book, showing some of the few suggestions of what you can do with Sadness. As the book only has 12 spreads, I could only include a few suggestions from all the ideas I had and things I found during my research. Maybe I should find a place for all those others as well.⠀⠀Do you have a creative outlet? Does it help you to deal with difficult emotions? ⠀⠀‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (@AndersenPress, out on January 3d). Pre-order link in bio.⠀⠀#WhenSadnessComesToCall #evaeland #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth

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For me, drawing and writing have both always been very important – using them both as tools to express, revise, construct, negotiate and develop thoughts and feelings. ⠀
Drawing can calm me down and writing helps me to think more clearly.⠀

This is one of the illustrations from the book, showing some of the few suggestions of what you can do with Sadness. As the book only has 12 spreads, I could only include a few suggestions from all the ideas I had and things I found during my research. Maybe I should find a place for all those others as well.⠀

Do you have a creative outlet? Does it help you to deal with difficult emotions? ⠀