Elizabeth Verdick

Helping Kids Through Tough Times

For nearly 25 years, I’ve written books for children of all ages, from babies to teens. Most of the books are designed to address kids’ social and emotional (SEL) needs. My hope has always been that my books might provide skill-building, reassurance, and comfort to children with all types of challenges, in all kinds of communities.

During our current time of uncertainty and worry, we’re all looking for ways to focus on mental health and connection. I hope you’ll find useful resources here.

Winter, Wheels, and Small Walt!

Small Walt has a brand-new book—and some new friends. In the newest Small Walt story, Walt and his driver Gus find a stray one snowy day. A community service officer—and her SUV named Bea—come to help.

Activities sheet available to download.

All three Small Walt stories are now available
in this charming boxed set.

Just Hatched!

These days, many children are asking “When will this be over? How long do we have to wait?” Waiting is frustrating—and hard to explain. Waiting Is Not Forever comes in two versions, a board book for toddlers and a paperback for PreK-3.

Waiting Is Not Forever
Board Book
Waiting Is Not Forever (ages 4-7)
Pre-K to Age 3
Hoot! Help for kids.

Little ones are stressed and anxious, now that so much has changed in our lives. Worries Are Not Forever (a board book for toddlers, a paperback for PreK-3) helps children understand worried feelings and offers concrete suggestions for staying calm.

Worries Are Not Forever (Board Book)
Board Book
Worries Are Not Forever (Paperback)
Pre-K to Age 3

With the current focus on health and hygiene, families need materials for helping kids learn about germs and hand-washing. Germs Are Not for Sharing, one version for toddlers and another for PreK-3, is full of reminders for keepin’ it clean!

Germs Are Not for Sharing
Board Book
Germs Are Not for Sharing
Pre-K to Age 3
Owl is egg-cited!

Looking for activities to keep kids busy and engaged?

My new book Bike & Trike tells the story of rusty, trusty old Trike and happy, snappy new Bike. The two clash at first, and then have a race to discover which one will be a winner on wheels.

If you’re raising a young writer, or just like learning about how a picture book is made, you may want to watch this video interview about my picture book Small Walt and Mo the Tow, which focuses on friendship, collaboration, and of course…wheels. Have fun getting started on your own story!