Maryann Cocca-Leffler

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Author(s): Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Illustrator(s): Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Publisher: Albert Whitman & CO.
ISBN-10: 080753756X
ISBN-13: 978-0807537565
Release Date: October 1, 2016
Category: Picture Book

Janine and the Field Day Finish

Synopsis:

    Today is field day and even though Janine is not good at sports, she is ready to compete. Her body just doesn’t work like the other kids’. But no matter what, Janine cheers for everyone and tries her best. During the big race, her classmate Abby trips and falls. Janine is right there to help. But Abby is crushed that she won’t finish the race. Through Janine's kindness, unyielding optimism and focus on personal best she shows Abby and her classmates that being a winner is not always about being number one. 
     Janine and the Field Day Finish is the sequel to JANINE (2015). Both books were inspired by Maryann's daughter Janine, who grew up with the challenges of disabilities, but always focused on the positive in life.
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Robbin Miller said on 11/10/2016:
Thank you for writing a story for accepting all people's differences. My picture book, Playgroup Time, also promotes the same theme as any picture book promoting inclusion is an opportunity for all to learn about all children's abilities.
Natasha Wing said on 11/08/2016:
Great to include this character to show other kids to be kind.
Patricia Clark said on 11/04/2016:
A book celebrating kindness. Wow...we need this!
Paulette Bogan said on 11/02/2016:
Looks like a great book!
Annette Gulati said on 11/01/2016:
Love Janine! Look forward to reading this sequel!
Vivian Kirkfield said on 10/20/2016:
Loved the first Janine book...and so thrilled there is a sequel! Keep them coming, Maryann...you and Janine are spreading an important message in a way that kids can relate to.
Lisa Wheeler said on 10/14/2016:
Love seeing you on the Book Blast. I read your books to my kids when they were young. Brings back good memories, Thank you!
Heather J. said on 10/13/2016:
I'm happy to know about this book! Congrats!
Jill said on 10/10/2016:
Love your book!
Jill said on 10/10/2016:
Love your book!

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I have wanted to write a book based on my daughter for years, but it was not my story to tell. Janine, now an adult, bravely gave me permission to tell her story inspired by her childhood experiences. Here is a note from the REAL Janine: 

“By sharing my story, I hope I will encourage others to be more tolerant and accepting of people’s differences and inspire children who have disabilities. I hope all kids learn to love who they are and don’t feel pressure to change to fit in.”






    Today is field day and even though Janine is not good at sports, she is ready to compete. Her body just doesn’t work like the other kids’. But no matter what, Janine cheers for everyone and tries her best. During the big race, her classmate Abby trips and falls. Janine is right there to help. But Abby is crushed that she won’t finish the race. Through Janine's kindness, unyielding optimism and focus on personal best she shows Abby and her classmates that being a winner is not always about being number one. 
     Janine and the Field Day Finish is the sequel to JANINE (2015). Both books were inspired by Maryann's daughter Janine, who grew up with the challenges of disabilities, but always focused on the positive in life.
Maryann Cocca-Leffler of Amherst, NH, is the Author and Illustrator of over
60 books for children. Maryann’s book,
Janine (2015) and its new sequel, Janine and the Field Day Finish (2016), was inspired by her daughter, Janine. Together they have developed a corresponding website, www.janinesparty.com with a mission to help change public perception of children with disabilities. Other books include, A Homemade Together Christmas, Bus Route to Boston, Jack’s Talent and Bravery Soup. Now a playwright, Maryann wrote a play based on her Princess KIM books. Princess K.I.M. The Musical won a National New Play Festival in 2012 and has had sold out performances on the East and West coasts.
Princess K.I.M. The Musical is now represented by Stagerights.com, a licensing agency in LA to bring the play National.

Maryann grew up in the Boston area and attended Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she received a BFA in Illustration. Her very first book, Thanksgiving at the Tappletons’ written by Eileen Spinelli, was published in 1982 and has been re-released in 2015 as a classic. When not in her studio, Maryann is traveling, visiting schools and attending her play. 
Email: mcleffler@aol.com

If you are interested in a school visit, please check out the VISITS link on my website:
www.MaryannCoccaLeffler.com
More info:
www.JaninesParty.com
www.PrincessKimTheMusical.com
"With a heartening lesson about friendship, competition, and what constitutes winning, this encouraging picture book nicely demonstrates the value of confidence and generosity." -Booklist 

"Her [Cocca-Leffler] colorful illustrations liven up this touching story of a child who does not fit in, but is self-assured enough not to worry about it. Readers will agree that this optimistic little girl has a mighty big heart."  -Kirkus 

“Cocca-Leffler introduces an unconventional girl named Janine who stays her own course, even though it deviates from those of her classmates. .... readers will have seen how Janine’s generosity and kindness have gradually won over her classmates, so it’s no surprise that all of them (save one) take her up on her offer. Cocca-Leffler’s portrayals of her heroine illuminate her thoughtfulness, resilience, and self-assuredness, and while the story’s message is far from subtle, it may encourage children who don’t fit in (and wouldn’t have it any other way).”- Publisher’s Weekly (RE: Janine 2015)

I have wanted to write a book based on my daughter for years, but it was not my story to tell. Janine, now an adult, bravely gave me permission to tell her story inspired by her childhood experiences. Here is a note from the REAL Janine: 

“By sharing my story, I hope I will encourage others to be more tolerant and accepting of people’s differences and inspire children who have disabilities. I hope all kids learn to love who they are and don’t feel pressure to change to fit in.”

    Guestbook Comments
    Robbin Miller said on November 10, 2016:
    Thank you for writing a story for accepting all people's differences. My picture book, Playgroup Time, also promotes the same theme as any picture book promoting inclusion is an opportunity for all to learn about all children's abilities.

    Natasha Wing said on November 8, 2016:
    Great to include this character to show other kids to be kind.

    Patricia Clark said on November 4, 2016:
    A book celebrating kindness. Wow...we need this!

    Paulette Bogan said on November 2, 2016:
    Looks like a great book!

    Annette Gulati said on November 1, 2016:
    Love Janine! Look forward to reading this sequel!

    Vivian Kirkfield said on October 20, 2016:
    Loved the first Janine book...and so thrilled there is a sequel! Keep them coming, Maryann...you and Janine are spreading an important message in a way that kids can relate to.

    Lisa Wheeler said on October 14, 2016:
    Love seeing you on the Book Blast. I read your books to my kids when they were young. Brings back good memories, Thank you!

    Heather J. said on October 13, 2016:
    I'm happy to know about this book! Congrats!

    Jill said on October 10, 2016:
    Love your book!

    Jill said on October 10, 2016:
    Love your book!

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