Your Magic Backpack books meet a need for 8- to 12-year-olds and beyond! Using simple metaphors, kid-friendly language, and a diverse cast of characters, this series helps readers young and old learn how to navigate big feelings and tough topics.


The students at Sunnyvale Elementary carry a lot in their backpacks – including some things you can’t see quite so well, like big, confusing emotions. Today, one fiery red book keeps spilling out and exploding onto everyone: ANGER! It’s time for the kids to use their best detective skills to figure out what’s underneath those angry feelings. Become a backpack detective like this diverse group of students and you can learn to:

Stop when I’m furious.
Pause and be curious.
What is underneath the mad?
Am I lonely, stressed, or sad?

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“I strongly recommend this book to all adults who embrace the goal of helping children in their lives learn to experience and regulate all of their feelings.”

- Jonathan Baylin, Ph.D., Author of Brain-Based Parenting

“ essential guide to cultivating emotional intelligence for kids.” 

- Renee Jain, Author of NYT best-seller Superpowered


While there are no quick fixes for all of life’s complex problems, What’s Inside Your Backpack? highlights some of the ways we can nurture resilience in body and mind. Using the metaphor of books and bookmarks, author Jessica Sinarski offers gentle, effective strategies to help children impacted by trauma. By sharing their burdens with people they trust, kids can lighten their load and realize just how strong and courageous they really are!

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“This straight-forward story arms parents and educators with a tool for talking with children about the heavy feelings they're carrying. It's an incredibly timely book that’s so relatable, which means it's bound to help start important conversations of hope and healing for many.”

- Julie Beem, Executive Director, Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc.

“Such a sweet book about some big, sad feelings. I believe this will be so helpful to many children and adults. Five out of five stars.”

- TJ, Amazon Review

“I highly recommend this book for any caregiver, teacher, counselor, or psychologist. You'll find gems of wisdom for yourself as well!”

- Kristen, Amazon review

Teachers and educators, find our classroom and elementary counselor bundles at BRAVEBRAINS


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