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Riley Can't Stop Crying
By (author): Stéphanie Boulay Illustrated by: Agathe Bray-Bourret Translated by: Charles Simard
Stéphanie Boulay ,

Illustrated by :

Agathe Bray-Bourret ,

Translated by :

Charles Simard


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
English, Translated from: French


Juvenile: Age (years) 6 - 8, Grade (CAN) 1 - 3, Grade (US) 1 - 3, Reading age 6 - 8
Mar 16, 2021
Print Run: 5000
$19.95 CAD


8.5in x 6.5 x 0.56 in | 400 gr

Page Count:

80 pages


35 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C106973
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Gender identity|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Self-awareness and self-esteem|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: siblings|Interest age: from c 6 years|Relating to Trans / Transgender people or gender minorities
BC Books for BC Schools 2021, Commended OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention 2022, Commended
  • Short Description
While his sister tries everything to help, a young boy isn’t sure why he can’t stop crying in this transitional picture book.
Such big feelings for such a little kid.

? “Insightfully emotional…A poignant, purposeful depiction of a ­family learning to recognize, confront, and heal internal struggles with self-love and self-worth. Children in need of encouragement will find comforting ­revelations about the value of individuality.”—School Library Journal, starred review

Riley is inconsolable. He can’t stop crying and nothing is making him feel better. His sister, Regina, tries her best to help him figure out what’s wrong, but four-year-old Riley isn't sure. It’s not his tummy, or his head, or the monsters under the bed. Regina and their dad try everything they can to make Riley smile, but nothing works until one day Regina has an idea. Maybe it’s Riley that is making Riley upset.

Regina knows what it feels like to be uncomfortable in her body, but she also knows that she’s pretty amazing and really good at a lot of things. So how can she help Riley see that he’s pretty amazing and really good at a lot of things? A charming story about a child’s search for his true self under the compassionate eye of his older sister.

Key Selling Points

  • An introduction to gender identity for young readers.
  • The quirky and comical illustrations help make a serious topic more approachable for young readers.
  • Features a nontraditional family, a single father raising his two children.
  • The length and trim size of this picture book make it the perfect transition for older readers who are moving from traditional picture books to early chapter books.
  • The French edition of this book, Anatole qui ne séchait jamais, won the TD Canada Children’s Literature award for a French-language picture book in 2019.
  • Author Stéphanie Boulay is half of the singing duo Les soeurs Boulay, a Canadian folk music group based in Montreal. Their first album won two Felix awards in 2013 including Album of the Year for the folk genre.

Author and singer-songwriter Stéphanie Boulay is half of the Quebecois folk group Les soeurs Boulay. When she’s not writing music, she’s writing award-winning books for readers of all ages that encourage them to be whatever makes them most happy. Stéphanie lives in Montreal.

Born and raised in Montreal, Agathe Bray-Bourret studied cinema at Concordia University before her passion for drawing made her change floors and enrol in film animation instead, the perfect mix of her two passions. She uses watercolor and gouache to show the humor of everyday life. Currently Agathe is illustrating a graphic novel and an animated short movie. She lives in Montreal.

Charles Simard is a Québécois editor and translator from Tiohtià?ke / Montréal. He works as poetry, fiction, and nonfiction editor for Talonbooks in Vancouver on Coast Salish Territory. His published work includes the essay Littérature, analyse et forme: Herbert, Tolkien, Borges, Eco (EUE, 2010) and a number of translations for Orca Book Publishers, including Elise Gravel’s The Wrench and Myriam Daguzan Bernier’s dictionary of sexuality, Naked!. As a lexicographer, he has collaborated on the making of the popular linguistic suite Antidote in its bilingual editions. He holds a PhD in literature from Université de Montréal and was a postdoctoral fellow at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

?“Insightfully emotional…A poignant, purposeful depiction of a ­family learning to recognize, confront, and heal internal struggles with self-love and self-worth. Children in need of encouragement will find comforting ­revelations about the value of individuality.” - School Library Journal, starred review

?“Boulay brings immense tenderness to both [Regina] and Riley’s journeys of discovery…Bray-Bourret’s quirky illustrations offer energy and lightness that balance the serious subject matter of gender identity…This picture book shows how we can give young children the freedom to be themselves.” - Quill & Quire, starred review

“Gentle-hued watercolor and gouache illustrations by Bray-Bourret...[create] a comedic effect...Boulay and Simard accessibly interrogate identity.” - Publishers Weekly

“A kind message.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Sensitive and nuanced...A beautiful combination of text and image, exploring gender expression, fluidity, and the power of being yourself when the world prioritizes conformity. Riley Can’t Stop Crying is a worthy addition to any home, school, or public library collection! Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“This is a book that perfectly captures in both words and pictures the struggle so many young children face to be themselves.” - The Globe and Mail

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