Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Memory Book and The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland + Giveaway

The Memory Book and The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland

The Memory Book:

I will always remember you . . .

Joanna Rowland's best-selling The Memory Box: A Book about Grief has helped thousands of children and families work through the complex emotions that arise after the loss of a loved one. Now, with The Memory Book, Rowland has created a beautiful grief journal to help readers put her methods into practice.

The Memory Book helps grieving families process their emotions together by remembering their lost loved one and creating their own memory album full of photos and keepsakes of the person they lost. With gentle prompts and ideas for journaling, drawing, and talking through grief, this journal will bring comfort in the midst of loss and be a keepsake for families for years to come.

The Memory Box:

"I'm scared I'll forget you…"

From the perspective of a young child, Joanna Rowland artfully describes what it is like to remember and grieve a loved one who has died. The child in the story creates a memory box to keep mementos and written memories of the loved one, to help in the grieving process. Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box will help children and adults talk about this very difficult topic together. The unique point of view allows the reader to imagine the loss of any they have loved - a friend, family member, or even a pet. A parent guide in the back includes expert information from a Christian perspective on helping children manage the complex and difficult emotions they feel when they lose someone they love, as well as suggestions on how to create their own memory box.

Author Joanna Rowland grew up in Sacramento, California where she still lives today with her husband and three children. She teaches Kindergarten by day and writes picture books at night. In the summer you'll find her at the pool coaching synchronizing swimming or cozying up with a book.  

Illustrator Thea Baker grew up in a country town in England. She is currently living in Australia and working internationally as a children's illustrator. Thea obtained her BA (Hons) Degree in illustration at the prestigious Falmouth University. Her dissertation was on the subject of grief in children's books

The Memory Box is a 2017 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards winner—a contest intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children's books and their creators, and to support childhood literacy and life-long reading.

The Memory Box received the Mom's Choice Award Gold Medal. The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.

The Memory Box was chosen as a finalist for the 2017 Midwest Book Award in the Children's Picture Books category. The awards recognize quality in independent publishing in the Midwest, including creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book's unique contribution to its subject area.

Beaming Books publishes high-quality children’s books that help kids thrive in every part of who they are–emotionally, socially, and spiritually. With topics ranging from self-esteem to kindness, ethics, and faith, our books are designed to spark the imagination and equip kids and families to live full and flourishing lives, together.


"A small children's book can't say everything, but it can say something very important. This wonderfully illustrated book does just that. Joanna Rowland gently reminds a hurting child that amid the pain of losing a loved one to death, their love remains alive in memory and relationships, and that love is not diminished even as the child is called to go on living. Many young (and old!) hearts will find real comfort and courage in these pages."
—Sue Atkins, author of Parenting Made Easy: How to Raise Happy Children


"Baker's mixed-media collages integrate bits of fabric and softly textured papers, creating a homey atmosphere that dovetails nicely with the girl's homemade box."
—Publishers Weekly

"Heartfelt and comforting, The Memory Box is beautifully illustrated by Thea Baker and will help adults talk about this very difficult topic with children ages 4 to 8."
—Midwest Book Review, The Psychology Shelf

Help Kids Heal While Honoring a Lost Loved One: The Memory Book and The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland is available at Beaming Books Publishing.

Enter below to win The Memory Book and The Memory Box by Joanna Rowland 

One winner will receive a finished set of The Memory Book and The Memory Box. This giveaway is open to US/CA only, ages 18+ and ends on 3/25/20. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!

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  1. What a beautiful book (idea).

  2. This is a wonderful book for those dealing with grief. I teach junior high students and read children books daily... this would be a wonderful addition.

  3. I think this is a wonderful idea.

  4. It looks like something that would help some cope.

  5. I love it think it would be great for my little niece

  6. sounds interesting

  7. It is so important to help in time of emotional need, thank you for a wonderful tool.

  8. This duo would be of great help to children and families who have lost someone dear to them.

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  9. I can’t even believe that I am going to say this, but we can really use books like these lately
    with all that is going on. These books may be easier for a child to understand than the Bible.

  10. I think it is thoughtful and helpful during the grieving process.


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