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Affirm Press
27 December 2023
When the sun sits up high In the blue summer sky And you long to dive into the sea, But you're fixed to the pier And you're held there by fear ... Be brave. Be all you can be.

This is a love letter to children everywhere encouraging them to embrace their true selves and to live their big, messy, beautiful lives to the full. Be kind. Be strong. Be curious. Be wrong ... Be all you can be.
Illustrated by:   Michelle Conn
Imprint:   Affirm Press
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 280mm,  Width: 210mm, 
Weight:   424g
ISBN:   9781922863287
ISBN 10:   1922863289
Pages:   32
Publication Date:  
Recommended Age:   From 4 to 7 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Angela Casabene lives on Bunurong Country in a beachside suburb in Melbourne. When she's not sitting in her Storytelling Chair reading books to young humans, she can be found in her favourite cafe, claiming the 'Community Bookshelf' was her idea, and her idea alone. Angela's world has always been filled with stories and books; she still has the pink and cream exercise book her dad taught her to write in when she was four years old. Now, Angela mostly writes on her laptop at the caf, where she creates stories for kids of all ages. All You Can Be is her first picture book. Michelle Conn is an author, illustrator and picture book maker living on Wadawurrung Country in the coastal town of Torquay Victoria with her husband, two children and border collie, Maggie. After years of working as a graphic designer and primary school teacher, Michelle's love of books and storytelling won over and she spends most of her spare time drawing, writing and wandering around the house in a 'thinking fog'. If Michelle's not writing or illustrating delightful worlds for children to enjoy, you'll find her along the wild and wooly cliffs of Jan Juc or sitting by a fire knitting and dreaming about living in a lighthouse.

Reviews for All You Can Be

'A timely reminder to be brave, strong, fair, adventurous, curious and kind'. - Books+Publishing 'This is a lovely self-discovery story for small children'. - CBCA Reading Time 'This book shares a powerful message'. - My Child Magazine

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