Sabrina Panfilo is the author of Tomey and the Caterpillar, Cosmo’s Crave, and Guppy’s Gall.
Sabrina Panfilo is the author of Tomey and the Caterpillar, Cosmo’s Crave, and Guppy’s Gall. A graduate of NYU, Sabrina has molded her professional expertise in journalism, education, and psychology into one passion – creating a literal world for children that reminds each and every one of us that we are indeed unique and beautiful – and, undoubtedly, loved.
Her stories leave children with a lesson for the heart and focus on the importance of positive self-esteem, respect for oneself and others, strong family values and support, the power of friendship and love, and overcoming adversity, among others. A teacher, author, and mom, Sabrina lives to inspire today’s youth so that they may become healthy, responsible, high-spirited individuals in society who can rely on their own personal strength and determination to survive the most challenging and, at times, upsetting situations rather than succumb to the daily vices that surround and bully them.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI
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TOMEY AND THE CATERPILLAR
In this contemporary world of bullying and not-so-nice peers, Tomey and the Caterpillar is an inspiring story about being proud of who you are and being confident in your individuality. Tomey, an awkward red pony, helps this lonely caterpillar find its colors through personal strength and positive self-esteem.
A lovable story about man’s best friend. A mischievous pup, Cosmo constantly craves attention day in and day out, often getting himself into trouble. Yet, “when it counts, it’s me and you . . . kisses galore, no one can love you more!” This affectionate little pup is one you cannot live without – a true tale of love, loyalty, and friendship.
Sometimes we all feel like a small fish in a big ocean. Waves seem too ominous to overcome and we feel helpless. Guppy’s Gall encourages children of all ages to be brave and determined to keep swimming because things are not always what they seem. Believe in yourself, and your sharks will set you free!
THE BELLY BUG BULLY
The Belly Bug Bully is a unique, anti-bullying story about a stomach bug that imposes a virus upon a child despite his continuous efforts to wash his hands. This story inspires children to continue doing the right thing and heed the advice of doctors and moms in order to feel better despite adverse situations. Most importantly, The Belly Bug Bully teaches children to never change their individuality regardless of the hurtful actions and words of others.
OUR SPECIAL FISH DISH WISH
A unique and heartwarming story about the special bond between a mother and child. The story develops into a delectable meal that all families will enjoy, beginning with a simple and most common question on the way to school, “What shall we make for dinner tonight?” It follows with an idea to go to the ocean and fish for fish to create a flavorful dish. Making allusions to the significance of rosemary and thyme, Our Special Fish Dish Wish serves as a reminder of the importance of holding on to special family memories created by being together and treasuring them for years to come.
Our Special Fish Dish Wish encourages children to rely on their families for strength and support and, above all, to know love is what makes every dish delicious—a most special wish come true.