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The Books

Hi, Henry the Hedgehog here! Are YOU ready for an adventure through a story using emotional intelligence?

HOW to label and experience one emotion (anger, sadness...).

QUESTIONS to ask you about your experience with that emotion.

FUN FACTS about hedgehogs (like me!), otters, and nature.

By reading my books, you—and your parents, caregivers, teachers, and counselors—will LEARN...

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BONUS for PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, TEACHERS & COUNSELORS

In each book, you'll find a detailed guide with actionable strategies and tips to help you navigate each emotion with your little ones.

There are 5 books in the series. Stay tuned for book #6!

Book #1 — Focuses on Anger

Amazon Best Seller

Do you feel impatient or angry when you can’t find something? Does your face turn red, and you can’t seem to stay calm?

 

Anger can make you feel out of control. In this adventure, I become angry when I can’t find my raspberries. My best friend, Patrick the Porcupine, calms me down.

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Are you being picked on or teased for being different? Do you often feel sad when you feel like you don’t fit in?

 

Sadness comes in all forms and can make you feel alone. In this adventure, I help Shelly the Skunk through her sadness because she doesn’t feel like she belongs.

Book #2 — Focuses on Sadness

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Book #3 — Focuses on Fear

Do you get scared and want to hide when you have to change your school, move to a new home, or find all new friends?

 

Fear of the unknown can make us scared because we don't know what to expect. In this adventure, I help Brock the Beaver through his fear of moving to a new place.

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Book #4 — Focuses on Grief

When a parent, grandparent, friend, or pet can no longer be with you, you may feel happy one moment and sad the next.

 

Grief can cause you to feel many different emotions, which can be confusing. In this adventure, I help Roxy the Rabbit understand and feel her grief. She learns that it's okay to not know how to feel and there's no one "right" way to heal grief.

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Book #5 — Focuses on Anxiety

Do you sometimes worry when you don’t know what to do? Do you have a tummy ache, feel scared, or your hands shake?

 

Anxiety can make you feel worried or afraid. In this adventure, I help my friend, Olivia the Otter, understand her anxiety and that asking for help is the brave thing to do.

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Hi! I'm Henry the Hedgehog.

I love adventures, don’t you? My favorite activities include searching for huge red raspberries, swimming in the nearby watering hole, and hanging out with my friends: Patrick the Porcupine, Shelly the Skunk, Brock the Beaver, Roxy the Rabbit, and Olivia the Otter.

On my adventures, I feel many emotions, such as anger, sadness, fear, grief, and anxiety. But, by working with my friends, I learn how to solve a problem and handle my emotions in a better way. You can do it, too! 

It’s okay to talk about your feelings, and that’s what we’re going to do. I’ll give your parents, teachers, and counselors the tools they need to have important conversations with you about your feelings. 

Let's make a new friend! I'd like to introduce you to my friend (and author), Dr. Renea Skelton. 

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What Readers Are Saying...

"This story reminded me of when I was a child watching Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood. In a light, lively manner, the author dives into the subjects of change and fear. Two common things most children experience the most of in varying degrees. "

Clarence C.

Amazon Reviewer

"Young listeners can be prompted to answer or think about the questions posed throughout the book. This book is written at a level that makes it suitable for young readers to try on their own. Most highly recommended."

Jack M.

Readers' Favorite Reviewer

"This sweet story is a fantastic gift to any child who struggles with self-image. It's cute, colorful, and the animal characters are sure to be loved by kids of all ages! This book is excellent for both parents and teachers to read to their kids!"

Jennifer S.

Amazon Reviewer

My Readers (and Friends!)

Free Coloring Pages

Download these fun (and free) coloring pages of me and my friends!

  • What is "emotional intelligence" and why is it important?
    Emotional intelligence is the "ability to identify, manage, and regulate your own emotions and the emotions of others." Why is this important? Research has found that people with high emotional intelligence are happier and more successful in life. Children (and adults) who are emotionally intelligent have these skills: Self-Awareness: They understand their own emotions. Self-Regulation: They can regulate and manage their reactions. Decision-Making: They make better, more informed choices. Empathy: They understand the emotions of others. Social Skills: They can build social connections with others. Children who develop their emotional intelligence are able to empathize with others, solve problems, and develop healthier relationships.
  • Can the author write a personalized note to my child in the book?
    Yes, of course! If you buy the book(s) through this website, Dr. Renea Skelton can handwrite a note on the first page of the book that is personalized with your child's first name. When you add a book to your cart, there's a box where you can type your child(ren)'s name(s) to let Dr. Renea know who to personalize the note to.
  • Can the books in the series be read out of order?
    Yes, absolutely. If your child is struggling with the loss of a loved one, for example, you can read The Harvest Moon Festival at Big Rock (Book #4) first, which helps them understand and cope with their grief. You can always come back to the other books in the series, as needed. Reading all books in the series will give your child a more well-rounded understanding of emotions and further boost their emotional intelligence.
  • Are these printed or digital books?
    Printed. Each book in the series is full color, fully illustrated, and professionally printed on heavyweight paper. The books are the same quality you'd find in the children's section of any major bookstore.
  • What is your Return Policy?
    All books purchased through this website can be returned within 7 calendar days of receipt. To be eligible for a return, the book(s) must be unused and in the same condition as received. Please note: If you requested that your child(ren)'s first name(s) be included in the handwritten note by the author on the inside of the book, then your order is not eligible for return. To initiate a return, please email connect@drreneaskelton.com with your Order Number (found in the confirmation email you received after purchasing) and the reason for the return. ​ Customer is responsible for paying the return shipping cost. Refunds will be processed to the original payment method within 7 business days of receiving the returned item.
  • When will I receive my order?
    All orders placed through this website will be shipped via USPS Media Mail. Orders will be shipped out two (2) to seven (7) business days after order receipt. You'll receive a tracking number once your order has shipped.
  • Can I purchase the books through Amazon?
    Yes! All books in the series are available for purchase through Amazon here. However, by ordering through this website, you'll be supporting a small business. Also, if you'd like Dr. Renea Skelton (the author) to write a note of encouragement inside of the book, personalized with your child(ren)'s first name(s), please place your order through this website. If you're outside of the United States, please order the books through the Amazon link above, as the author only ships within the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions

My books will help you understand your feelings. As a result, you'll be able to solve problems and be resilient (like me!).

Are YOU ready for an adventure? Let's go!

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