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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Grow Through It Giveaway Tour

I'm thrilled to have the Grow Through It Giveaway Tour stopping by today! This tour is sponsored by Jay Dee and hosted by The Children's Book Review.

Written by Jay Dee 
Illustrated by Jacob Chalkley, Darren Geers, Feras Khagani, Mike Shaposhnikov, Ishmam Ahmed, and Axel Schmidt 

Ellen is stuck at home. There’s no school and no friends, and Mom is working all the time. It seems terrible until she learns about the choice each day offers: GET through it or GROW through it. See how starting each day with purpose and gratitude can make all the difference! Created during the CV-19 pandemic, 100% of the proceeds from sales of this book are donated to coronavirus relief efforts. 

Ages 5+ | Publisher: Kraine Kreative | May 17, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-0989810876 


Jay Dee 
Jay is an author, a certified coach, and the freshly crowned video chat expert for his nieces and nephews. As the coronavirus lockdown seemed to put life on pause, he was inspired to create a book that reminded kids (and himself!) that even days spent sheltering in place are opportunities to grow. Jay lives in San Francisco and is the author of the bestseller, The Night Before The Night Before Christmas. Find his other books at 

Jacob Chalkley 
Jacob is UX Designer based out of San Francisco, CA. His passions include musicmovies, and making sure his portfolio is 5yrs out of date. His previous achievements include runner-up for student council president for Van Buren Elementary 1996, perfect attendance award for Plainfield Middle School in 1999, and achieving a bowling score of 132 in 2018. He has been using his lockdown time to prepare for his firstborn son due May 27th. He hopes to be a frontrunner for “World’s Best Dad” in 2020. 
Feras Khagani 
Having an interest in drawing ever since he picked up a book about how to draw Marvel Superheroes, Feras has continued to practice illustration well into his adult life. He loves to spend his time exploring art, books, movies, games, and YouTube essays. He’s both excited and grateful to contribute to a project aimed at helping others in need, and prays that everyone stays safe! He also wants to thank the brave medical experts and essential workers that are keeping our society going in this pandemic. His work can be found under his name on Instagram.  
Ishmam Ahmed 
Ishmam is an illustrator, engineer, and writer based in Minneapolis, MN. He got his start as a kid who got in trouble for doodling in the middle of science class. He’s now well-known for his power portraits and digital paintings on and recently fulfilled his long-time dream of illustrating for a children’s book. When he’s not hammering out his next creative project, which can eventually be found on, he’s reading novels in his hammock, biking around the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, or cooking up a curry. 

 Axel Schmidt 
Axel is an illustrator based out of the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA.  During the COVID-19 lockdown, a random connection was made through an unlikely forum that presented the opportunity to participate in this project.  While never his goal nor intention for his art, many people who viewed his work often commented that he should do illustrations for children’s books.  So he made the jump to the realm where many people felt his talents should already be.  By day, he is a Project Manager in the renewable energy world and when not working or illustrating, he can often be found biking, hiking or camping in the great PNW trails and mountains.  His work can be seen at: 

Darren Geers 

Mike Shaposhnikov 
Mike Is an illustrator and character designer based in Moscow, Russia. 
He is bringing his vision of a fantasy world to life through game, children's book or animation projects, and creating original character designs in free time. 
He is mainly active on 

Grow Through It is a timely and helpful picture book to share with little readers during these trying, confusing times. Through young Ellen’s eyes, author Jay Dee gently and carefully explores how the CV-19 pandemic has affected people, especially children. Jay Dee offers readers an uplifting lesson about choosing to grow through these hard times and he does so through honest, engaging storytelling. 

Six different illustrators have come to together to capture the spirit and message of Dee’s story, through each of their unique, captivating artistic styles. Readers will enjoy exploring each illustrator’s neat and fun ways of bringing the story to life. 

With relatable, deft storytelling; fun, colorful illustrations; and a much needed message, Grow Through It is an excellent resource to help young readers process and handle this pandemic. 

Enter for a chance to win a copy of Grow Through It, by Jay Dee and a group of six illustrators! 
One (1) grand prize winner receives: 
  • A paperback copy of Grow Through It.  A $50 donation will be made in the winner’s name to UNICEF for COVID-19 relief efforts. 

Nine (9) winners receive: 
  • A paperback copy of Grow Through It. 

Giveaway begins May 25, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. MT and ends June 25, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. MT. 

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