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Orca Fall 2022

My Promise
By (author): Dr. Jillian Roberts Illustrated by: Slavka Kolesar
Dr. Jillian Roberts ,

Illustrated by :

Slavka Kolesar


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:

Board book

Form detail:

Picture book, Self-covered
Board book , Picture book, Self-covered


Juvenile: Age (years) 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) P, Grade (US) P, Reading age 0 - 2
Oct 18, 2022
Print Run: 10000
$10.95 CAD


7in x 7 x 0.31 in | 220 gr

Page Count:

20 pages


10 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
Early years: family|Family psychology|Baby books|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Emotions, moods, feelings and behaviours|For children c 0–36 months
North America
  • Short Description
A stunning board book with a simple message: a promise to little ones that they will be loved unconditionally.
When you were born, I promised to take care of you.

A stunning board book that shows little ones they will be loved unconditionally and empowers parents and caregivers to raise well-rounded, resilient individuals.

With a simple message, Dr. Roberts aims to strengthen the parent-child bond and support families in becoming effective problem solvers. Each stanza in this beautifully illustrated board book presents a key parenting element/piece: start early, stay current, build resilience, nurture relationships, reduce stigma and prejudice, learn smart boundaries and offer unconditional love. These elements come from Dr. Roberts's 7-Point Parental Compass, which was developed to help families face the complex issues of our modern world.

Key Selling Points

  • Dr. Roberts is a child psychologist, professor and prolific author who is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Global News and CBC.
  • The 7-Point Parental Compass is a foundational tool used by Dr. Roberts in her popular seminars and webinars.
  • This book is an excellent resource for teaching children the basic tools of resilience, which is increasingly important in an ever-changing world.
  • Dr. Roberts is the author of the bestselling Just Enough series and World Around Us series.
  • Stunning illustrations from Slavka Kolesar support an important message.

Dr. Jillian Roberts is a child psychologist, author, professor at the University of Victoria and mother of three children. Considered a go-to child psychology expert for journalists, Dr. Roberts is a regular contributor to HuffPost, Global News and CBC. She is the author of two bestselling and award-winning series of children’s books: the Just Enough series explains topics like birth and diversity to children ages 3–6, while the World Around Us series introduces kids ages 5–8 to issues like poverty and online safety. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia.

Slavka Kolesar studied figurative painting at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto and holds a BFA in visual studies & art history from the University of Toronto. She has illustrated many books including La Légende de Carcajou, which was a finalist for the Governor General's Award, The Sun is a Shine and My Promise. Slavka was the 2017 TD Summer Reading Club illustrator. She lives in Jaffray, British Columbia.

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

“Gentle and quietly reassuring, this is recommended for board book collections aimed at new ­parents or caregivers.” - School Library Journal

“Truly lovely…For the child who needs a model, who needs a book that tells them somewhere parents are like this, then this book is a perfect fit. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Gentle, lovely, and soft. This is a perfect selection to give as a baby shower gift, and it is one that parents will enjoy reading with their young children.” - Children's Literature

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