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Kids Virtual Book Fest: “Ezra’s Invisible Backpack”

September 9 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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Kids Virtual Book Fest: "Ezra's Invisible Backpack"

Join us for a thoughtfully crafted Zoom program for elementary-aged children to help them prepare to head back to school with a focus on their mental health. Authors Dina Rock and Hannah Cohen will read their book “Ezra’s Invisible Backpack,” and lead a discussion with students about how to support themselves and their friends, ask for help, and how to manage worries when returning to school while in a pandemic. Parents are welcome and encouraged too!

In addition to writing “Ezra’s Invisible Backpack,” Hannah Cohen and Dina Rock are also elementary school teachers and counselors. With decades of childcare experience, they felt the topic of children’s mental health was immensely missing from parenting and education discussions. Thus they created this book to inspire empathy in children, empower them to identify their individual struggles, and help them recognize that they’re not alone.

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About the Book:
“Ezra’s Invis­i­ble Back­pack” is a pic­ture book that shows us how kind­ness and com­mu­ni­ca­tion with those around us can go a long way in mak­ing our class­mates feel under­stood. The invis­i­ble back­pack is a con­crete tool for chil­dren to uti­lize in their dai­ly lives to bet­ter express their emo­tions. It’s the per­fect book to inspire empa­thy and empow­er chil­dren to iden­ti­fy and under­stand their emotions.

About the Authors:
Hannah Cohen is an actor and creator based in New York City. She has worked with children her entire life, helping them learn and grow through various art forms. After struggling personally for years with mental health, and losing her cousin to depression, she was inspired to share this story in hopes of helping children develop a foundation of positive mental health from a young age.

Dina Rock, an elementary school educator for over 30 years, has been sharing her love of literature with students throughout her career. Dina believes the message of a story can empower someone to believe in themselves and speak their truths. Her experience in the classroom, working with children of all ages, coupled with the loss of her nephew to depression, inspired Dina to write a story that fosters positive mental health.

In partnership with the Jewish Book Council. Book sales partner: Island Books.


September 9
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Virtual SJCC Event
Mercer Island, WA 98040 United States
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Stroum JCC
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Event Partners:
Jewish Book Council, Island Books

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