Joni Hay Patras - Welcome

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" When it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine anymore, there's a rainbow in the clouds."


-Maya Angelou



Writing books for children is my passion. I began writing poetry in elementary school. My mom saved the poems over the years, then gave the collection back last year. My kids enjoyed hearing my 30 year-old poems. (A few laughs too!)

During high school, I was surprised to win a poetry contest.  I never shared my writing before to anyone outside of our family.

Writing picture books sparked my interest when I began a career as an elementary school counselor. I had the BEST audience to test out my stories during guidance lessons.

I recently created a blog, Looking For Rainbows, to help children look for rainbows on stormy days.  My blog will provide information the emotional, social, and academic needs of children. Topics may include grief, bullying,

anxiety, self-esteem, and mental health.

Check out my Pinterest page with different counseling activities that you can use with support groups.  Also, activities you can use in the classroom for lessons to promote a safe and kind environment.

(The fluffy dog pictured above is our family dog, Belle. She's a medium sized chocolate labradoodle.  Belle's crazy personality inspired me to write a picture book series.)

Click on the article below to read about a Blue Ribbon Campaign for Hope

in honor of Children's Grief Awareness Day. (Yes, that's me covered in the chain!)