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Shannon Anderson

Too Shy to Say Hi


Making friends can be tough, but this rhyming picture book will help navigate difficulties of shyness and social anxiety. Shelli used to be pretty content in her little world, thinking that her pet friends with feathers, fins, and fur were enough. Her bird would keep her company at home, her fish would hideaway in his cave, and her dog was the social butterfly of the neighborhood. But now, Shelli is determined to try to make friends with kids at school. Readers will relate as Shelli takes brave steps toward breaking out of her shell. Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers by Elizabeth McCallum, PhD, with more information about shyness and social anxiety.


About the Author
Shannon Anderson has taught first grade through college level and loves to write books for children and teachers. She was named one of the Top 10 Teachers who inspired The Today Show and was chosen as the JC Runyon Person of the Year for her work writing and speaking about social and emotional issues for kids. She lives in Indiana. Visit, on Facebook @authorShannonAnderson, on Twitter @Shannonteaches.

Hiroe Naka graduated from the Parsons School of Design. Illustrations from her first children's book were chosen for the Society of Illustrators Annual Exhibition. She lives in Tokyo, Japan.