Jo-Jo the Kind Sloth by Dr Olivia Ong and Joseph Lee Recognized as a Finalist in International Book Contest

May 08 10:08 2023
Jo-Jo the Kind Sloth recognized for its outstanding writing, design and overall market appeal out of thousands of books submitted into the Book Excellence Awards.

Jo-Jo the Kind Sloth by Dr Olivia Ong and Joseph Lee is an imaginative children’s picture book that promotes self-compassion, kindness and acceptance. When a lovable sloth named Jo-Jo does poorly on his spelling test and starts to have hurtful thoughts about himself, Mama Sloth steps in. With her guidance, Jo-Jo learns about self-compassion and practices being his own best friend. Jo-Jo the Kind Sloth was named a Finalist in the Picture Book – Ages 4 to 8 category of the Book Excellence Awards. The Book Excellence Awards is an international book awards competition dedicated to recognizing both independent and traditionally published authors and publishers for excellence in writing, design and overall market appeal. Previous Winners and Finalists of the Book Excellence Awards have been New York Times’ best-sellers, spoken at the United Nations and TEDx, and have had their books optioned by movie studios.

After writing for 10 years, it felt wonderful to be recognized for my authorship. I’m honored to have received this prestigious award,” says Dr Olivia Ong. As an international best-selling and award-winning author of The Soul of Success Volume 3, co-authored with Jack Canfield, co-creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Chicken Soup for the Soul® book series, Dr Ong specializes in writing inspiring stories that spark a child’s imagination and focus on social and emotional skills. She writes with passion and purpose, with an ultimate goal of bringing hope and joy into young ones’ lives. “My goal was to write a story that encouraged children to learn the value of being their own best friend, no matter what. The book is dedicated to my son, Joseph Lee, who is also the co-author of our children’s book, to provide inspiration for him and other children to share their positive message of kindness and being their own best friend.”

Written in creative, gentle prose, the story is brought to life with vivid, colorful illustrations that showcase important themes and lessons from the story. This book explains how self-compassion is a powerful tool for a child’s well-being, leading to self-kindness and self-acceptance and the cultivation of resilience for meeting life’s challenges. The message of self-compassion is delivered in a reassuring and uplifting tone that is easy for young readers to understand and relate to. In addition, the book encourages young readers to accept new perspectives of the world around them. This creates a safe space for readers to step into their true identity and feel confident being themselves.

Jo-Jo the Kind Sloth has received positive reviews from well-renowned experts, authors, and reviewers around the world. Psychologist Dr Bee Lim writes, “A simple, wonderful way to initiate conversations about self-compassion with children. My 5-year-old son loves this book, and we read it every night to prepare him for starting school and learning to be kind to himself and others.” In addition, Dr Dimity Williams, Medical Practitioner writes, “An easy-to-read children’s book with a beautiful, kind message – speak to yourself as you would to a friend!

Jo-Jo the Kind Sloth is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, other online bookstores and can be purchased here:

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About the Author

Dr Olivia Ong is an international best-selling and award-winning author of The Soul of Success Volume 3 co-authored with Jack Canfield. She is also leading the area of teaching teachers and parents how to build and maintain self-compassion in children of all ages.

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