This book was created for the inaugural list of Rise x Penguin Workshop. Rise’s mission is:
To engage, empower, and evolve the youngest readers (ages 0-5) with authentic, relevant, and elegant books.
It was privilege to work with Edel Rodriguez on this book. His work has always inspired me. His courage is truly empowering, and his boldness is the definition of elegant design.
When you start a new list at Penguin as a first time Art Director, you have to make bold decisions when selecting artists. Every choice shapes the identity of the list. The art is as much a part of the branding as the logo system. There was never any doubt in my mind that Edel fit our mission.
This brightly hand-lettered board book empowers young readers to lift themselves up! Ten relatable emotions are each followed by a centering exercise and a positive affirmation to be recited, as a practice in mindfulness. Young readers are encouraged to find their inner strength by recognizing and addressing their emotions, instilling a sense of power and self-confidence.
Edel Rodriguez is a Cuban American artist who has exhibited internationally with shows across North America and Europe. Inspired by personal history, religious rituals, politics, memory, and nostalgia, his bold, figurative works are an examination of identity, cultural displacement, and mortality. His work speaks truth to power in the American tradition of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.
Trim Size: 7.25 x 8.31 inches
Number of Pages: 26 pages
Binding Method: Case Bound Board Book
Paper: Case cover: 4/0C on 128 GSM glossy art paper (Chenming) over 2mm board | Text paper: (mill, paper name, color, weight, cover or text, finish): Prints 4/0 + matt uv on 400 GSM coated one side (Hongta)
Typefaces: Hand-lettered and set in AauxPro OT
Creative Director: Daniel Moreton
Art Director: Maria Elias
Book Designer: Maria Elias
Jacket/Cover Designer: Maria Elias
Illustrator: Edel Rodriguez
Picture Editor: n/a
Production Director: Araselly Rodriguez
Production Coordinator: n/a
Production Artist: n/a
Other Credits: Gabbi DeGennaro, Assistant Editor
I AM!: Affirmations for Resilience
Book and Cover
Book Title: I AM!: Affirmations for Resilience
Design Firm/Agency: n/a
Publisher: Rise × Penguin Workshop
Author/Editor: Bela Barbosa / Cecily Kaiser
"Edel Rodriguez’s spirited illustrations make this book a bold, positive read for kids. I actually ordered the book after the judging—that’s how much I liked it!" — Gail Anderson
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