When Sadness is at your door

I'm so pleased that @randomhousekids is the publisher of the American co-edition of my book. I've got many questions from people about this one. As you can see the title is “When Sadness is at your door” and the cover is also a little bit different. It also has a dust jacket, with a little bio and photo of me (made by my talented friend @signe_fotar , check out her profile for some beautiful landscape photography) . I don't think this is very uncommon, for books to change cover in different countries? The USA is a different market after all.I can assure you however, the insides of this book are exactly the same. For those that wonder and have asked me about it before. From what I gather, the book is well received in the USA and if you want you can read some of the reviews, of which I put some links on one page on my website (link in bio). Seeing them all together, which isn't even counting all those mentions on social media, is quite overwhelming and I can hardly believe I made this book that people write about. I'm just pretending I find this all very normal and try to go along with it... #evaeland @andersenpress #whensadnesscomestocall @randomhousekids #whensadnessisatyourdoor #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth #letstalkaboutsadness #smallactsofselfcare #consolationandcomfort #repost @randomhousekids・・・We have seen such an incredible response to this sweet picture book. We know that talking to your kids about feelings, especially sadness, is NOT easy. In this book, author and illustrator Eva Eland gives sadness a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify sadness and distinguish it from ourselves. Shop our #linkinbio for the must-have read.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀#WhenSadnessIsAtYourDoor #EvaEland #Books #Bookstagram #PictureBooks #EmotionalLiteracy #Reading #ChildrensIllustrations.📸 @book.nerd.mommy

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I’m so pleased that @randomhousekids is the publisher of the American co-edition of my book. I’ve got many questions from people about this one. As you can see the title is “When Sadness is at your door” and the cover is also a little bit different. It also has a dust jacket, with a little bio and photo of me (made by my talented friend @signe_fotar , check out her profile for some beautiful landscape photography) . I don’t think this is very uncommon, for books to change cover in different countries? The USA is a different market after all.
I can assure you, however, the insides of this book are exactly the same. For those that wonder and have asked me about it before.
From what I gather, the book is well received in the USA and if you want you can read some of the reviews, of which I put some links on one page on my website (link in bio). Seeing them all together, which isn’t even counting all those mentions on social media, is quite overwhelming and I can hardly believe I made this book that people write about. I’m just pretending I find this all very normal and try to go along with it…

#evaeland @andersenpress #whensadnesscomestocall @randomhousekids #whensadnessisatyourdoor #picturebook #childrensbookillustration #childrensbooks #mentalhealthawareness #childrensmentalhealth #letstalkaboutsadness #smallactsofselfcare #consolationandcomfort #repost @randomhousekids・・・We have seen such an incredible response to this sweet picture book. We know that talking to your kids about feelings, especially sadness, is NOT easy. In this book, author and illustrator Eva Eland gives sadness a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify sadness and distinguish it from ourselves. Shop our #linkinbio for the must-have read.

#WhenSadnessIsAtYourDoor #EvaEland #Books #Bookstagram #PictureBooks #EmotionalLiteracy #Reading #ChildrensIllustrations.📸 @book.nerd.mommy

 

Risography

For those of you who wonder about how I made the artwork for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, I’m reposting something I posted a while back over @pictureaday_artists. If you like picture books and art, do check out this account, as an international artist takes over each week. This week it’s @phoebe.swan with her lovely, bold artwork. She just published her debut book as well, with a very important message. #repost @pictureaday_artists・・・Where all the magic happens. The risograph machine looks like an ordinary copy machine but it uses a similar principle as screen printing, where ink is pushed through little holes. But it’s a lot quicker and cleaner, once you have figured out how to prepare your layers and which settings you want to use. On the wall the very blue image in the middle is mine and the one with the chair and ladder (swipe for a close up). You might also recognise work made by @melissa.castrillon, @hwillustrator and @signeit. I don’t know who made the other prints . If you do, let me know in a comment below and I’ll include their names in this post. (I do know the top one in the left now, it’s by @doodleyboo and hanging upside down apparently)Layers for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (published by @andersenpress) have been made with the risograph machine, but as colours are so limited, we chose to select our own colours and have them printed in exact Pantone colours (rather than the usual CMYK). I love this extra care that went into the production of the book, it’s details like this that can make a big difference. #risography #printmaking @cambridgeschoolofart @csacbi #printmakingstudio #evaeland #whensadnesscomestocall
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Where all the magic happens. The risograph machine looks like an ordinary copy machine but it uses a similar principle as screen printing, where ink is pushed through little holes. But it’s a lot quicker and cleaner, once you have figured out how to prepare your layers and which settings you want to use.
On the wall the very blue image in the middle is mine and the one with the chair and ladder (swipe for a close up). You might also recognise work made by @melissa.castrillon, @hwillustrator@doodleyboo  and @signeit.
Layers for ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ (published by @andersenpress) have been made with the risograph machine, but as colours are so limited, we (art director Beccy Garrill, editor Libby Hamilton and me) chose to select our own colours and have them printed in exact Pantone colours (rather than the usual CMYK). I love this extra care that went into the production of the book, it’s details like this that can make a big difference.

Picture Book Club and cake

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Look, it’s a happy Sadness cake that @fionawritesbooks made for the Picture Book Club in @waterstonesreading!
Thanks for all those who attended. It was lovely meeting you all, and a special thanks to Fiona for organising it and making this sweet Sadness cake.
Among other things, we talked a bit about how I worked on this book before I started developing it further with @andersenpress to the picture book ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ it became, and how my own understanding of dealing with emotions like sadness evolved along the way. I’ve learned so much from working on this book and I keep learning from it through the conversations I’m having with people. It’s quite a wonderful thing and has been a special journey so far.

Als Verdriet op bezoek komt

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The Dutch translation of my book ‘Als Verdriet op bezoek komt’ is very special to me. As Dutch is my native language I translated it myself, together with the editor from Leopold, who understands the book very well. I grew up with many of the books published by Leopold, so you can imagine when I heard it would be published by them, I was over the moon.

This is a repost from @dekinderboekwinkel in Amsterdam. You should check out all their other Book Face Friday posts, they’re so much fun!

Üzüntü Kapını Çaldığında

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As promised I’ll share more co-editions. This is such a lovely image, I’m not even going to try and take a photo myself of the Turkish edition of the book, published by @marticocukkitaplari. Thanks so much, @azraandmom for this post! Go check out their account to see more adorable pictures of Azra reading the book.

Lately, I’ve been wondering about how in different cultures we might deal with emotions differently. Does anyone have any thoughts on that? I know it’s a tricky question because comparing cultures quickly leads to generalisations that are never nuanced enough, but it’s fascinating to me and I’d like to get a better understanding.

This is a translation from #WhenSadnessComesToCall, published by @andersenpress.
#repost @azraandmom

Gebrauchsanweisung gegen Traurigkeit

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It’s about time I start sharing some of the co-editions here on my feed as well – and as tomorrow is the day that the German translation ‘Gebrauchsanweisung gegen Traurigkeit’ will be released with @hanser.hey, I thought I’d start with this photo they sent me, with a cacao sachet that customers will get in the bookshops.
I really love how this edition is printed smaller, to make it look even more like a user manual, which used to be the title I thought of first for this book. It’s so cute!

What are you doing this beautiful sunny Sunday? I’m going to move soon so I’m using it as an excuse to declutter @konmari.co style and am trying to focus on what sparks joy in my life. Consider it an early spring cleaning – so I can make more space for things that matter and creativity. If I had more pages in the book it could’ve easily be one of the things to do with Sadness (though children might not relate to that so much 🤔).

For those that only just started following me, this is a translation of ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’, my debut picture book, published with @andersenpress.

My own book in the bookshop

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Of course I had to see my own book in the bookshop for myself and what a lovely thing to find it prominently displayed in both book shops where I live, @childrenheffers and @waterstonescambridge. If you love books and buy them, buy them in an actual bookshop whenever you can! They are the most wonderful places in the world (in my opinion), and there is nothing like accidentally stumbling upon the perfect book that you didn’t realise you needed in your life until you found it. #ilovebooks and #ilovebookshops

Can you let me know when you spot ‘When Sadness Comes to Call’ in the wild?
Published by @andersenpress.

Also, you can already find the Dutch, Turkish and Spanish editions, and others will follow soon! I will share the covers of the translations soon as well.

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?

Sad books

‘Michael Rosen’s Sad Book’, illustrated by Quentin Blake, is probably one of the most well know children’s books about sadness. I remember when I came across it the first time – and read this first page, it felt like it pierced straight through my heart. I can’t remember reading any book that had this kind of impact on me on page one already. ⠀
When you struggle with feelings like sadness and don’t really know how to talk about it with others and start feeling isolated as a result, I think it can be such a powerful thing to see some part of you reflected in a book or other art form. Do you remember reading or looking at another art form and being moved in an unexpected way? Or a book that shifted your perspective on something important to you? ⠀

‘Michael Rosen’s Sad Book’, illustrated by Quentin Blake, published by Walker Books @bigpicturebooks

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