Award-winning Children’s Book Helps Kids Talk About Cancer

The American Cancer Society’s surprise pop-up book, “Let My Colors Out" encourages children to talk about the complex emotions they feel during a loved one's cancer diagnosis and treatment.
By: Courtney Filigenzi
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June 3, 2011 - PRLog -- Woodstock, MD- Talking about your emotions is difficult, and this is especially true for young children facing a loved one’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.

The American Cancer Society’s surprise pop-up book, “Let My Colors Out,” written by Courtney Filigenzi and beautifully illustrated by Shennen Bersani, allows children to understand the complex emotions they have, such as sadness, happiness, anger, jealousy and fear, by attaching a color to them.

“Sometimes I feel scared.  These are my purple times.  I wonder if my mommy will be okay and what will happen to my family and me.  I worry about all the doctor’s appointments she has and if she’s scared.”

Each feeling described by a color ends with a statement of acceptance, so the children know that their emotions are normal.  “It’s okay to be purple.” This allows them to release the guilt they may feel, allowing them to focus on the hope they need to get them through this difficult time.

Let My Colors Out has been awarded a Gold in the 2010 Mom's Choice Awards in Children's Picture Books-Growing Up/Personal Growth; a Silver 2010 National Health Information Award in the category Patient Education Information, Children; a Bronze in the 2009 The TRENDS All-Media Contest; a FINALIST award in the USA Book News "Best Books 2009" award program, in the category, "Children's Picture Book, Hardcover Nonfiction;" and a Finalist in the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards Program, Children’s Nonfiction.

Let My Colors Out is available wherever fine books are sold including:

The American Cancer Society’s bookstore at

Amazon at

Barnes and Noble at

About Courtney Filigenzi.  Courtney Filigenzi is an author and graduate from Towson University. She is currently working on two novels.
Courtney Filigenzi

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Award-winning author of "Let My Colors Out," a children's book published by the American Cancer Society that helps young children express their emotions during a loved one's cancer diagnosis and treatment.
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