New Children’s Book Author Encourages Open Communication about Emotions

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Mother of child experiencing brain tumor writes children’s books to share ideas about exploring emotions. ‘The Angry Monster Book’, by Debi Kennedy, offers ways for children to express their anger.

Debi Kennedy writes children’s books to help families explore emotions. She knows, through personal experience, that helping a child express feelings is both challenging and rewarding.

Debi’s daughter, Betsi, is experiencing a brain tumor and all the emotions that go with medical and non-medical interventions. Debi’s first book takes on the subject of anger.

‘The Angry Monster Book’ offers ways for kids to express their anger in safe, effective, healthy ways. Everybody gets angry and facing anger is not a fun activity. This book advocates openly discussing anger with children, giving them a supportive environment in which to get it all out.

Debi presents a different view of anger, “It is not about changing the anger it is about accepting it. The anger is saying something, take a moment to listen.”

Unfortunately, Debi and her family have had a lot of practice working with and through anger issues. Much of Betsi’s anger comes from being poked and prodded from every angle, physically, emotionally, and spiritually, by a wide range of health professionals.

Debi wants children to be able to express themselves and relieve the anger and fears. ‘The Angry Monster Book’ suggests alternatives including large muscle activities, counting exercises, and lots of discussion.

The main point is to be available and present for kids when they are in need. Suppressing emotions doesn’t make them go away, it just hides them for another day.

About Debi Kennedy:

After completing a master's in clinical psychology, Debi worked as a counselor with children in the foster care system. She then went on to finish 2 years of a doctorate program before retiring to pursue motherly endeavors.


Thom Kennedy

nJoy Books



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