Book Reviews and Awards
One of the simple and most powerful joys in life is knowing that my books make readers feel "heard and seen". The next best thing is being recognized for it. Some of the many recognitions are listed below... and I'm just getting started!
This heartwarming story shows how moving can become an adventure. It talks about how challenging life as a military kid can be and shows how amazing the experiences are. The artwork in this picture book has vivid colors, and the detailed work really adds to the story.
I Move A Lot and That’s Okay: Axel’s Story is a phenomenal picture book for children dealing with a move. While centered on military families, it can apply to many situations, the concerns, fears, and joys.
Shermaine Perry-Knights grew up in a military family. Although many non-military people refer to military kids as “military brats,” she does not like the term “brat.” Using her childhood experiences, Shermaine has authored a helpful and encouraging book for military children. She uses language that will be easy for children to identify with.
Having Axel (the star of the book) be honest with his emotions and then say he is okay with the changes is a great way to encourage children. Discussing the upcoming changes will be easier using this book as an introduction. The reader can sense Shermaine’s compassion. Her words will easily stick with children and help them navigate any changes. Parents will enjoy I Move a Lot and That’s Okay! just as much as their children.
Self Publishing Review
Author Shermaine Perry-Knights puts her lived experience as a military kid to beautiful use in I Move A Lot and That’s Okay. Utilizing affirming and confident language about the positive elements of a transient lifestyle, the book will help particular young readers adjust to the implicit challenges of relocation.
Addressing everything from cultural shifts and unwarranted fears to challenging goodbyes and the potential pleasures of change, this charming story subtly touches on a myriad of psychological and emotional obstacles for military kids. The digital illustrations are colorful and engaging, and the small formatting splashes of color keep the prose dynamic. Written with humor, understanding, and compassion, this is a comforting and educational book for both military parents and their children.
I found the subject very interesting because many children go through similar experiences. I like the fact that the book teaches that feelings of conflict are normal and that it's okay to be able to express them in order to accept them. In I Move A Lot and That's Okay you learn to see relocation in a positive way. Grace knows it's difficult, but she must support her father in the same way as her mother does.
Family unity is a clear message within the story. The characters help each other, they look for the best options for themselves and for others, and all of this is positive. While it is aimed at children, this book has a very authentic perspective that I greatly admired, along with Shermaine Perry-Knights' writing.