A Place for feeleings by author Corey Ann Haydu

A Place for Feelings

Coming April 23, 2024

From critically acclaimed author Corey Ann Haydu and artist Geeta Ladi comes a poetic picture book about what to do when your feelings are just too big to put somewhere—a gentle encouragement for young readers looking to find ways to share their feelings instead of keeping them hidden.

In Mara’s very tidy town, there’s a perfect place for everything.

There’s a rose garden for roses. A rack in Mara’s hallway for her muddy-day shoes. There’s even a jar for cinnamon-swirl-rainbow-sprinkle cookies.

But when Mara’s feelings are too wild, too messy, too much, where will they fit?


“…the emotional beats are clearly delineated, and alternating focalization will allow readers to empathize with both Alma and Del. Reading is swift and accessible, broken up by copious cheerful illustrations, and youngsters will long to share in the cousins’ idyllic family life while understanding the pitfalls of propinquity.”

“The result is a nuanced look at the girls’ friendship, emotions, and motivations. A transitional chapter book with unusual depth, good pacing, and a loving, supportive Latinx family. Libraries should find space on their shelves for this new series.”
– Booklist

“This series debut is a sweet tale about friendship, family, and being the new kid on the block…The line-drawing illustrations throughout give a glimpse of the street where the girls live, the magic earrings, and some of the foods, like empanadas and gofio… A good fit for larger collections. Put this book in the hands of kids who enjoy series like Annie Barrows’s “Ivy and Bean” or Megan McDonald’s “Judy Moody.” ”
– School Library Journal