New Children's Book | Suddenly, I Found It!

With bold, vibrant illustrations that take the reader on a fantastic journey following a string, Suddenly I Found It! addresses the joy of discovery and a little boy’s appreciation for the gifts found within. The poetic cadence and repetitive phrases help children remember that if the gift is out of sight, you must always “keep looking.” You may have to move things around and face your fears, yet an opportunity to find a gift awaits the seeker on every adventure. The discovery of those gifts, when combined with a smile, creates sustainable changes toward stronger individuals, families, and communities around the world.


Genese Clark creates a story of curiosity and exploration to reinforce the benefit of a strengths-perspective. By identifying one's strengths, an individual is acknowledging what they have rather than what they are lacking. Though the main character begins his journey in search of something he thought he did not have, he soon realizes that his “gifts” connect to his string and his heart keeps making it appear. Whether a child is climbing a tree, whispering into a dog’s ear, or imagining the possibilities that lie beyond the stars, the simple pleasures of life hold within them the greatest gifts.


This approach to life is the building block to the family strengths approach, which utilizes universal strengths found in strong families around the world.  Research shows that commitment, spiritual wellbeing, positive communication, time together, appreciation and affection, the ability to manage stress and crisis, as well as, leadership and the arts as emerging traits among many families are vital for creating and maintaining successful family systems. In a playful and creative way, this book highlights qualities found within those family strengths while teaching children and adults to identify and validate their own internal assets.

ARE YOU A SCHOOL OR ORGANIZATION? BOOK GENESE CLARK FOR AN AUTHOR VISITShe will inspire students as they are led through imagination encounters, engaged with questions and answers, and inspired through song and creativity.  Partner with Advocate Lab to donate copies of "Suddenly I Found It" to public and charter school students throughout Connecticut.  A sticker (images below for organizations and individuals) will be placed in the inside cover of all donated books.  Donor levels impact the cost of each book.


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November 10, 2018 | Live Reading & Activity*; Jack and Jill of America, New Haven, CT

November 19, 2018 | Live Reading & Book Signing; NHFPL Mitchell Branch Library, New Haven, CT**

November 29, 2018 | Live Reading & Activity*; Highville Charter School, New Haven, CT

December 12, 2018 | Author Visit & Live Reading; Elm City Montessori School, New Haven, CT

December 18, 2018 | Author Visit & Live Reading; Jepson Magnet School, New Haven, CT

January 15, 2019 | Author Visit & Live Reading; Hallen School, Bridgeport, CT

January 15, 2019 | Author Visit & Live Reading; Classical Studies Magnet Academy Annex, Bridgeport, CT

January 18, 2019 | Author Visit & Live Reading; Geraldine Claytor Magnet Academy, Bridgeport, CT

January 27, 2019 | Live Reading, Activity* & Book Signing; Kingdom Life Christian Church, Milford, CT**

February 5, 2019 | Live Reading & Activity*; NHFPL Stetson Branch Library, New Haven, CT

February 23, 2019 | Live Reading & Book Signing; NHFPL Stetson Branch Library, New Haven, CT**

February 28, 2019 | Book Signing @ Black Wall Street New Haven 2.0, New Haven, CT**

April 6, 2019 | Presenter & Book Signing; Central CT State University Literacy Essentials Conference, New Britain, CT**

* Activities are provided by TheLab.

**Open to the general public


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