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We are Joined at the Heart is a bedtime story that teaches about unconditional love.

We Are Joined at the HeartWe Are Joined at the Heart

Written by Yonette Belinda

Illustrated by Rosemarie Gillen

Publisher’s Synopsis: We Are Joined at the Heart was birthed out of a simple, short poem written to my daughter when she was a baby.  It describes the deep and pure love for a child.  The original poem was meant for my now four-year-old daughter to bring her comfort when we were apart.  I soon discovered that she had been memorizing it and would try to recite the words with me.  It is my hope that the words contained in this book can be used to comfort the hearts of children and affirm the love that each child deserves and needs.  Its message is both symbolic and literal.  Love never fails.

Ages 0-6 | Publisher: Halo Publishing International | 2017 | ISBN-13: 978-1612445397

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About the Author

Yonette Belinda is a licensed social worker and registered nurse.  She received a Master of Social Work degree from New York University and an Associate of Nursing Science degree from the State University of New York at Farmingdale.  Yonette also holds a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Kaplan University, and she is certified as a nationally accredited case manager by The Commission for Case Manager Certification.  She currently works as a nurse.  Her beloved and most coveted role is being a mother to her daughter, Hannah.  Yonette is a new author with a passion to write books that will connect with the hearts of both parents and children.

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About the Illustrator

Rosemarie Gillen has been a professional illustrator of Picture Books since 2005. She is a self taught artist who is happiest when painting.  She has won several awards and her work has been published both traditionally and online.  She specializes in enhancing children’s books with her unique style of illustrations. Rosemarie is able to capture the essence of a story and enhance it with bright, colorful illustrations. She enjoys working with authors taking inspiration from their work and making their story come to life.  She believes in a wonderful partnership between an author and illustrator who work together to create something special a child will read over and over.


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  • This book helps opens the door for discussions and exchanges about love for one another.

    June 23, 2017
  • I send the dog over. Dogs are good company even when you want to be alone!

    June 23, 2017
  • we snuggle with one of our 5 cats or watch a funny movie to relax

    June 23, 2017
  • “Answer one of the following: How do you comfort the hearts of the children in your life? What excites you the most about this book?” I like the nice illustrations!

    June 23, 2017
  • I always comforted my little ones by telling them how our love for one another is special; stays in our hearts so it is always there whether we are together or apart

    June 23, 2017
  • By reading good books to them every change I get.

    June 24, 2017
  • I comfort them by telling them how much I love them and by snuggling with them and reading to them everyday!

    June 25, 2017
  • Be the best I can be to my children. Cooking dinner for them tucking them in at night!

    June 25, 2017
  • Reading together and letting my daughter read to me.

    June 27, 2017
  • We sing certain songs like You Are My Sunshine and give lots of hugs and kisses 🙂

    June 27, 2017
  • Playing, reading and being together with love and kisses.

    June 27, 2017
  • I’m excited about this book because we like discovering authors who are new to us.

    June 27, 2017
  • We give each other hugs/kisses everyday and always tell each other that we love them.

    June 27, 2017
  • We always hug and give kisses.

    June 27, 2017
  • I am excited about winning this book to share with my students

    June 27, 2017
  • I’m excited to give this to my granddaughters to read when we’re not together.

    June 27, 2017
  • By always saying I love you with hugs. I love books to teach children at a young age the importance off feelings

    June 28, 2017
  • I comfort my children by hugging them rocking them singing and even dancing they love seeing my funky moves always makes theme smile. My daughter would love to read this book. Love the how the book is about comfort as well

    June 28, 2017
  • I give my 5 kids plenty of hugs and read to them starting as infants. The book has sweet illustrations and makes me want to roll down a hill and fly a kite on a day with enough wind.

    June 28, 2017
  • This book is a great read for bedtime and the tee is lovely.

    June 30, 2017
  • This book would be perfect for my great nieces and nephew!! (ages 6, 4, 2 months). Thanks!

    July 4, 2017
  • Reading a book is a great way to comfort kids.

    July 5, 2017
  • Listen to children and let them know they matter and that they are loved. I always try to recognize and acknowledge the talents and special qualities in the children in my life.

    July 7, 2017
  • I have 3 granddaughters who are very girly and sweet

    July 12, 2017
  • Lots of hugs and kisses and spending lots of time together.

    July 13, 2017
  • Lots of hugs and kisses.

    July 13, 2017
  • After one of my kids get in trouble I always make sure to tell them how much I love them and give them hugs and kisses.

    July 13, 2017
  • I like the heartfelt message of this book!

    July 14, 2017
  • I comfort my little granddaughter by rocking & holding her while I sing her favorite song. She would love this book & so would I to add to our comforting time.

    July 17, 2017
  • I comfort my children by letting them know they are loved and safe.

    July 18, 2017
  • Hugs are great for comforting.

    July 20, 2017
  • Hugs and kisses are the way to go. A fun book to read together would be a plus.

    July 21, 2017
  • we do a lot of hugging – would love to win this to share with my little ones at work

    July 23, 2017
  • This is a great book for my nieces when I can’t be there

    July 23, 2017
  • I comfort my kids at bedtime by tucking them in, giving them a kiss and telling them who will be home when they wake up!

    July 23, 2017

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