Author Susan Verde returns to StoryMakers to share her new book, I AM ME: A BOOK OF AUTHENTICITY, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. This book celebrates the unique qualities that make you who you are and being true to yourself.

Kids! Join Susan and Rocco — get a piece of paper and write down a word that describes what makes you perfectly imperfect or a word that helps you find your spark! Keep it in a special place to remind yourself how uniquely YOU you are!

We are so lucky! Susan also shares a second new book with us, SALLIE BEE WRITES A THANK YOU NOTE. It’s a story about being grateful for the wonderful things in our life that aren’t stuff and remembering to be thankful. In the back of the book, Susan has included a guide to writing thank you notes! She shares the steps, and she and Rocco write notes of their own. There are many reasons to be thankful. 

Kids! Can you write a note of your own to thank someone who is special to you?

About the Books

Embrace individuality and being your authentic self in this companion to New York Times bestsellers I Am Human and I Am Love!

Sometimes I stand out in a crowd.
Sometimes I am not seen at all, and I feel alone.
I start to ask myself, why can’t I blend in? Fit the mold?
But when I stop and look, I see nothing in this world is exactly the same.

Sometimes we hide who we really are to conform to the way we think we are supposed to be in the world. Sometimes we compare ourselves to others and feel we don’t fit in. But when we realize we are something to be celebrated, and we proudly live out loud as our true selves, we can make our unique mark on the world—and share our joy!

From the New York Times bestselling team behind the I Am series comes a bighearted celebration of individuality, of being comfortable in our own skin, respecting others for who they are, living authentically, and loving ourselves. For anyone who’s ever felt like too much or not enough, I Am Me is an affirming reminder that difference is what makes life beautiful—and that each of us matters, just as we are.

From New York Times bestselling author Susan Verde, Courtney Sheinmel, and Heather Ross comes a warmhearted story about expressing gratitude, perfectly modeling how to write a great thank-you note!

When a surprise comes in the mail from Grandma, Sallie wants to text her right away: Thanks, Grandma!

But wait—how will Grandma know what Sallie is thanking her for and how it makes her feel? And every proper thank-you needs some swirlies, right? This calls for something special: a handwritten note.

The next day, Sallie hopes to get another package so she can write a second note. Nothing comes. But . . . she does get safely across the street on the way to school. Maybe that deserves a thank you!

Dear Crossing Guard . . .

With each new day, Sallie discovers more and more reasons to feel grateful. A warm and witty story about appreciating others, Sallie BeeWrites a Thank-You Note celebrates the simple kindness of saying “thank you.”

Watch Susan Verde’s STORYMAKERS HERE

StoryMakers with Susan Verde I AM ME | SALLY BEE WRITES A THANK YOU NOTE

The book also includes tips on how to write the perfect thank-you note!


Susan grew up in the heart of Greenwich Village in NYC. As a kid she kept a piece of chalk in her pocket (for spontaneous hopscotch) and her skate key around her neck, ready for the next adventure. She found inspiration everywhere and loved to write all about it! Now Susan lives by the sea in East Hampton, New York with her 3 children and their dog, Gizmo. She still finds inspiration everywhere and writes it all down! In addition to writing books for kids she also teaches yoga and mindfulness to children of all ages. She is a yogi herself and is still working on her headstand.

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