Sometimes When I'm Bored (Hardcover)

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Sometimes When I'm Bored By Deborah Serani, Kyra Teis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Deborah Serani, Kyra Teis (Illustrator)


A sensitive and supportive story to help children learn practical strategies for coping with boredom and loneliness.

“Momma, I’m bored.” Sometimes When I’m Bored addresses a common complaint from children: boredom and loneliness. Along with the main character, children learn how to recognize boredom and see the opportunities it might present. “Well, what a wonderful thing to be! When you're bored, something special is waiting for you.”
Helping young children learn how to redirect feelings of boredom deepens problem-solving skills and builds the ability to shift negative thoughts to more positive ones. Using gentle and straightforward language, Sometimes When I’m Bored describes a child’s experience with boredom and loneliness and the many fun ways to relieve the feeling of boredom.
A special section for adults offers more information on how boredom can be spotted in children of varying ages—including infants—and discusses how to help children relieve feelings of boredom. Especially useful for counselors, social workers, teachers, parents, and any other adults caring for children who experience boredom and loneliness.
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About the Author

Deborah Serani, Psy.D., is an award-winning author and psychologist in practice for thirty years. She is also a professor at Adelphi University, and her writing on the subjects of depression and trauma has been published in academic journals.

Dr. Serani is a go-to expert for psychological issues. Her interviews can be found in Newsday, Psychology Today, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Associated Press, and affiliate radio programs at CBS and NPR, among others. She is also a TEDx speaker and has worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

She lives on Long Island, New York.

Kyra Teis is a children’s book author-illustrator, a graphic novelist, and an avid sewer of costumes and clothing.

She works in a cozy studio in central New York, which is crammed full of books and fabrics from all over the world. When she’s not making art, you can find her and her husband cheering wildly at their two daughters’ soccer games and musical theater productions.

Praise For…

  • Mom’s Choice Award Winner
  • A Best Indie Book of 2022, Kirkus Reviews

“An insightful, encouraging book full of self-guided remedies.”
— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Send readers on their own quest to find something special when they feel bored.”
— Booklist

“What a wonderful book for children and adults alike. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly researched, Sometimes When I’m Bored is both a fun and invaluable resource.”
— James Danckert, Ph.D., professor of psychology at University of Waterloo and author of Out of My Skull: The Psychology of Boredom

“A colorful children’s book that highlights the challenges of being bored as a child in an inquisitive and reflective way. It also teaches children how to navigate this complex emotion.”
— Chanticleer Book Reviews

“Will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to picture book collections.”
— Children’s Bookwatch
Product Details
ISBN: 9781631986956
ISBN-10: 1631986953
Publisher: Free Spirit Publishing
Publication Date: July 19th, 2022
Pages: 40
Language: English
Series: Sometimes When