Author Brian Wray is coming to Cover to Cover! He will share his new book Max's Box with young readers during storytime.
Max’s parents give him a very special gift: a tiny, magical box that will hold everything, from his toys to his feelings. Max learns, however, that feelings can’t be put away as easily as toys. Each negative emotion he feels—anger, embarrassment, sadness, loneliness—gets added to the box, which grows and grows. Eventually it is so large that it keeps him from doing what he loves, like riding his bike and climbing trees. With some help from his friends and family, Max is able to turn the box into something beautiful and let it go. This simple but powerful story not only teaches children how to “control” their emotions but discourages suppressing them, the illustrations becoming more colorful and vibrant as Max moves out from his box’s shadow.
Brian is also the author of Unraveling Rose. Rose is a stuffed bunny who loves the little boy she lives with and all the fun they have together. They play in the park, paint pictures, and read stories. Everything is perfect, until she discovers a loose thread dangling from her arm. Rose tries to ignore the little string, but it is no use. No matter how hard she tries, Rose can’t stop pulling at it. Before long, the thread is all she can think about. Slowly, her arm unravels, its stuffing falls out, and Rose can no longer do the things she loves doing. Can Rose find a way to forget about the little loose thread? The story offers a great way for parents and teachers to talk to children about what happens when impulsive and obsessive thoughts get in the way of enjoying everyday life, and what to do about it.
Author Brian Wray was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been writing stories and sharing them with other children for as long as he can remember. After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in film, he moved to Brooklyn, New York. He has been writing professionally since 2003, when he was awarded the Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Since then, he has written for Walt Disney Studios. He also earned a variety of television producing credits. Inspired by his work at Disney and the bottomless imagination of his daughters, he has moved his focus back to storytelling for the younger crowd. Brian writes from Brooklyn, where he lives with his wife, two daughters, and an endless supply of ideas.