Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 5 to 10
- Grade: k to 5
A young girl notices, and celebrates, her way of looking at and experiencing the world.
“I think. I think a lot. I think I think a lot. More than most other kids.” A young girl notices and wonders about the ways she and her classmates approach doing good work, caring about people’s feelings, and showing they’re grateful. She comes to accept herself just as she is and celebrates the differences between herself and her classmates. “I care a lot. Not more than other kids, just in my own way.”
Inspired by the author’s experience with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), I Think I Think a Lot can be a starting point for discussions about overthinking or obsessive thought and about the many ways individuals see and experience the world. The neurodivergent main character allows readers to see themselves and others in the story and emphasizes self-acceptance in the face of comparison.
About the authors
Josée Bisaillon a illustré plus de trente-cinq livres pour enfants et créé de nombreuses illustrations pour des magazines et des journaux. Elle a été finaliste au Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général à deux reprises et a remporté le prestigieux Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award pour The Snow Knows. Il s’agit du quatrième ouvrage de Josée avec Orca, après My Head in the Clouds et Bedtime 123 écrit par Eric Walters, un succès de librairie. Elle vit en banlieue de Montréal avec sa famille.
“I Think I Think a Lot is a powerful story of empathy, compassion, and acceptance. Whipple writes beautifully of OCD from a child’s perspective and invites the reader into the intricacies of this world. I love this book so much because Whipple makes us think a lot too, and we’re so much better because of it.”
Jordan Scott, poet and author of I Talk Like a River