In Celia and the Little Boy, a young girl faces a bewildering dilemma when she discovers a little boy hiding in the darkness.

Celia and the Little Boy was awarded the Certificate of Excellence, Royal Dragonfly Book Award in Psychology in 2018 from the children’s literary resource magazine, Story Monsters Ink.

 

Behind the Story

In the spring of 2015, I awoke from my sleep with the image of a girl standing on top of a staircase. The image was so clear and strong it begged to be realized. So, I picked up the paper and pencil by my night stand and began to illustrate what I saw. It was Celia who appeared from my sketch and I immediately felt sure I knew her. Moments after completing her illustration, I found myself uncovering the “little boy”. His image came to me within minutes. In that moment Celia and the Little Boy became a central part of my life. For the next two and a half years, they led through their experience as I wrote and illustrated this deeply emotional story. The lessons these two children taught me about connection have been profound. I share this story with the greatest hope it will offer a new voice for children who struggle with depression and provide hope and support to their families and caretakers.

With love, hope and gratitude,
Irene