I have a Trace Moroney-related confession. I am a massive fan girl. When I first started out in teaching, I inherited a classroom that had a bare classroom library. So I enthusiastically set out to stock it. I bought whatever good-quality books I could find at second-hand book stalls and op shops. I got my hands on a box set of Trace Moroney ‘s “When I’m Feeling….” collection. At that time, I was teaching first grade and HOLY MOLY, those little books about feelings were so useful. I have loved, and used, her work for a long time.
So the name Trace Moroney takes me back to the start of my teaching career. This is a bit of a full circle, pinch-me moment to have Trace here on my blog! Her latest series, My Emotions, is another valuable set of books for your bookshelves and classroom libraries. Much longer in form than the “When I’m Feeling…” books, this new series explores the layers of emotions that come along with the process of an experience or event. It offers well- researched techniques to help children develop valuable coping skills and build resilience – so that when the experience inevitably happens, your child is better prepared and has more confidence to self-regulate their emotions.
Introducing Trace Moroney!
I am … Trace Moroney, a creator of children’s picture books that translates big feelings for little people™.
My work focuses on enhancing emotional and social literacy for children … and their parents and guardians too.
I am an author; illustrator; designer; publisher; company director; parent (to one son and two naughty pugs); psychology student; chief cook and loo-cleaner; and … am generous; kind; sometimes stubborn; intolerant of a**holes; energetic; authentic; self-deprecating; highly empathetic; and enormously passionate about life, the universe, and everything!
I find inspiration …from everyday life experiences; academic research; reading; listening; chatting with friends; and walking (preferably on bushy mountain tracks) – as this is when I can enter into an (almost) meditative state and find that the squillions of ideas and snippets of information tumbling around in my head — can formulate into an exciting idea for a book. Annoyingly and occasionally, I have forgotten a ‘brilliant’ idea by the time I get home – so, have learned to voice-record the idea on my mobile phone.
I am excited about … my new series entitled My Emotions! This new series explores the layers of emotions that come along with the process of an experience or event. It offers well-researched techniques to help children develop valuable coping skills and build resilience – so that when an experience or event inevitably happens, they are better prepared to navigate their way through it.
When I’m in a creative slump, I … go walking and/or throw myself into some extensive physical exercise! However, I rarely experience creative slumps – nor have time to have them!
I’m really proud of … my resilience! I have experienced several abusive relationships – from a parent, an ex-partner, and a few in between – and while it has been incredibly difficult to manage at times, I am most proud of my tenacity to ‘pick myself back up’ and ‘keep my eyes on the prize’ … in other words – keep focused on the abundance of good things in my life; the exciting goals to achieve … and to enjoy the journey.
I am proud to be the mother of my son. He has taught me so much about myself, and he is the most incredible young man I have ever had the privilege to know.
I only wish I had his capacity for being tolerant!
Someone once told me … never run with scissors!
- Define ‘forgiveness’ as: giving up the hope that the past can be any different.
- ‘Let it go’ … OK — so this is one that I am still working on!
My advice to you is …be kind.
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