Written by Margot Denommé; Illustrations by Madison and Brooke Denommé-Warren, with featured illustrator Dr. David MareskyAwesome Inside & Out! was inspired by the social pressures and self-esteem issues facing today’s youth. The story is designed to initiate dialogue with children (of all ages) about finding their passion, developing character and resilience, and understanding that true beauty comes from within... that is what makes you awesome from the inside out! In this brightly illustrated picture book, twins Sam, who wants to be a performer and make people laugh, and Sofia, who loves science and wants to be an astronaut, ask their mother if they are, respectively, strong and pretty. While enjoying ice cream, their mother imparts important lessons, including that what makes a child awesome emanates from their own hearts and minds regardless of who they are, what they look like, or their gender. In November 2013, Margot Denommé, a criminal lawyer in Toronto, embarked on a journey she never imagined. Writing and self-publishing the children’s book Mommy, am I pretty? was a labour of love, triggered by life with two young daughters, who illustrated the book. Mommy, am I pretty?’s positive reception was overwhelming and quickly evolved into a series of speaking engagements called the “Celebrate You! Tour.” Denommé spoke at many schools both in Canada and the United States, sharing the message that beauty comes from within and the importance of developing yourself from the inside-out, by being confident, kind, strong, inclusive, and unique. It turns out the Ontario Minister of Education agreed, as did reviewers far and wide. While on tour, the one question children most often asked Ms. Denommé was, “When are you going to write a book for boys?” With the assistance of prominent pediatrician Dr. David Maresky, whose illustrations along with those by Ms. Denommé’s daughters, Madison and Brooke, she created and now introduces her more inclusive book, Awesome, Inside & Out! This book encourages self-esteem, strong mental and emotional health, and resilience in children – so key today given the social pressures, self-esteem issues, body-image concerns, and bullying facing youth in this era of the relentless use of social media.
Behind The Brand
Margot Denommé has worked as a Criminal Lawyer for over 23 years and has seen the devastating effects of poor choices made by children with low self-esteem and damaged self-confidence, every day. As a mother of two daughters, Margot was struck by the unrealistic and distorted images of “beauty” perpetuated by mainstream and social media. In 2013, Margot developed The Celebrate YOU! Tour and has presented to over 150 schools and community groups in both Canada and the US. Margot recently completed the Dove Self-Esteem Project training and participated as a facilitator in Dove Day in October 2022.
Learn more at celebrateyouinsideout.com
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