The Shy Little Monster began as a children's song created by Stephanie Leavell. Stephanie – a mom, music educator and Berklee-trained music therapist – wanted to create a sweet and silly (not scary!) Halloween song that would delight her preschool music groups. 

Illustrator Sarah Pilar Echeverria and Stephanie are friends (they were born on the same day, in the same hospital, but became friends much later!) who bonded over their love of creating. Sarah is a mom of two with a lifelong passion for art and an everlasting love for children's books. She hopes her own illustrations can spark excitement and creativity in kids. 

This book shows kids that it's okay to be shy (so are Stephanie and Sarah!), it's okay to ask for help and, most importantly, good friends are always there to offer some encouragement and help you find your voice.

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