Authentic Poetry & Healing
with Jerrice Baptiste

BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL, PEACEFUL, JOYFUL, SPIRITUAL LIVING

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Jerrice Baptiste is a Poet, intuitive and integrative healer, and facilitator of meditation and visualization, prayer, poetry, and music for healing. Jerrice embraces the belief that connecting to Spirit is the way to living a beautiful, powerful, peaceful, joyful life.

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Tu Es Ma Belle, You Are My Beautiful


I'm delighted to announce that my children's book Tu Es Ma Belle, You Are My Beautiful has been published by Educa Vision!  This "Positive message for every girl from every culture" is seen through the eyes of Josie—a little Haitian girl—who is part of a beautiful family tradition where all of her cousins are greeted by the same loving words every morning...
You can preview and purchase Tu Es Ma Belle at Educa Vision, and it's available on Amazon.

Reviews of Tu Es Ma Belle

Jerrice has used her beautiful words to inspire! Combining story with her Spirit-based poetry, she has created a treasure that hopefully will feed the souls of young girls for years. The book comes even more alive with April's sweet, colorful illustrations. Share this with your family and start your own tradition...joy will be your reward.
- Rev. AnnE O'Neil

This is a loving, calm, beautiful book. Every little (and not so little) girl should have a copy. I will be buying it for my grandchildren. Bravo, Jerrice J. Baptiste!
- Abigail Thomas's most recent books are A Three Dog Life and Thinking About Memoir

I love the message in this wonderful book by Jerrice J. Baptiste: mothers and aunts telling daughters and nieces that they're worthwhile and beautiful. What a better world this would be if all little girls heard this when they were young. And I love April Matula's artwork too. Thank you both!
- Bar Scott, author of The Present Giver, published by ALM Books

Delightful art accompanies the lyrical words of Jerrice J. Baptiste in Tu Es Ma Belle... Her concept book models a message of self-worth.
Josie's Haitian family has a tradition that goes back for generations: The mothers start the day with a mantra of love that nurtures self-esteem. Josie wakes up in Brooklyn, but she has Haitian cousins living in many different places. Each of them starts the day hearing the same greeting, tu es ma belle.

- Bobbi Katz, poet and author of Once Around the Sun, whose popular anthology, Pocket Poems, is now available in paperback.

Teacher Testimonials of Tu Es Ma Belle

July 2014
Jerrice Baptiste read her beautiful book Tu Es Ma Belle at Omega Children's Program this month and I had the opportunity to participate in one of her sessions. She has a lovely, calm presence with the children and intersperses reading from her book with interactive engagement with the children. She is genuinely interested in their answers to her questions about family rituals, favorite activities, where family members and relatives live, and special environments. Her session engages children in body, mind, and spirit and celebrates their own uniqueness.

Sincerely,
Sarah Urech
Omega Women's Leadership Center Manager
Omega Institute for Holistic Studies

We truly enjoyed having Jerrice J. Baptiste as a guest in the Children's Program at the Omega Institute. Her story, Tu es ma belle, You are my beautiful, contains a positive message of self-worth and self-love. Throughout the world in places such as Brooklyn, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, mothers wake their children with the mantra, tu es ma belle, you are my beautiful. It is a beautiful and necessary message that I wish all children could hear from their own parents. Poems and artwork are also woven throughout adding even more depth and beauty to the story. Our children were even able to learn some French since Baptiste adds the French language into her story. Overall, we truly loved the message of this powerful story. Let us all start our days telling the ones we love, “tu es ma belle, you are my beautiful.”
Kailey Murphy
Omega Institute

Dear Jerrice,
Remarkable! It is one thing to write a story for children, however, it takes extraordinary patience to take that story and bring it to life while children are snacking and hyped up after being in school all day. But there you were with your quiet spirit patiently waiting and then with the biggest, brightest smile, you lit up the room, announced who you were and where you came from and you proceeded to speak in French; getting everyone's attention. Awesome! I can't wait for you to return this summer to give even more children an opportunity to experience the world in which your story and you took us to.
I recommend that you take your story into the classroom and beyond to afford many others the joy of interacting through your story telling!

Thank you and thank you,
Teresa A. Thomas-Washington
Director, Read and Write Tutorial Program
Kingston, NY

Jerrice visited my childcare center which services children from six weeks to twelve years of age, on three different occasions. She read the book Tu es ma belle of which she is the author. The book unfolds a tradition which is beheld in a diverse culture.
In her readings to the children, Jerrice introduced the children to the French language. She allowed time for the children to repeat the words in context. Throughout the story she stopped to explain vocabulary and to ask questions. Jerrice read poems from the book as well. After the reading she had the children do an activity. All of the readings were done in an age appropriate manner. The younger children did not hear as many poems as the older. The activity "I am Good Enough to…" was adjusted to the various ages. Jerrice used movement for the younger ones and had the older children write a pocket poem. The children as well as the staff enjoyed the visit. I am happy Jerrice chose my school.

Sincerely,
Veronica Uhl
Owner, Little Red Schoolhouse
Kingston, NY

I am writing to recommend that all local and regional schools, summer camps, and children's programs invite author Jerrice J. Baptiste to read her whimsical, meaningful, multicultural book, Tu es ma belle, to their group of children.
Tu es ma belle is a meaningful message of self-approval and interconnectedness. It tells the story of girls waking up around the world to their mothers' words of loving appreciation. Woven into the main story are poems that evoke beauty and strength. The whimsical watercolors give the text a dreamy quality. Jerrice reads her own words with warmth and expressiveness and often pauses to ask the group for their reflections. The children in my schoolhouse program were uplifted and inspired by her visit. I hope you enjoy Jerrice's visit as well.

Sincerely,
Nikki Garrett
Program Director, Sojourner Truth Schoolhouse
New Paltz, NY

To Whom It May Concern:
I'm very pleased to write a reference letter for Jerrice J. Baptiste, author of Tu es ma belle, You are my beautiful. In June 2014, she became a visiting author at Woodstock Primary School, which serves children from Kindergarten to third grade. Jerrice read her book and facilitated learning activities that were developmentally appropriate and appealing with the kindergarten, grade 2 and 3 classes. Jerrice worked with students and both students and staff were delighted by her loving story and the follow-up activities. Jerrice has a peaceful, warm and caring presence among staff and students. I recommend Jerrice J. Baptiste as she continues her valuable work in schools. Please contact me at 518-573-3947 should you like to have further information.

Sincerely,
Kathleen A. O'Brien, Ph.D.
Principal of Woodstock Primary School
Onteora Central School District

To Whom It May Concern:
Jerrice J. Baptiste recently visited our school for a reading of her book, Tu es ma belle, You are my beautiful. She read to our third grade classes to their great enjoyment. One child mentioned how much she enjoyed learning the French words in the text. She also read to a small group of second, third and fourth grade English Language Learners. The teacher in charge of this group could not say enough about how much the students related to Ms. Baptiste and her book. In a small group, the children responded in a very personal way, often sharing touching moments in their history, which Ms. Baptiste handled with grace and affirmation.

Sincerely,
Sarah Pennachio
Librarian at Consolidated Chambers School
Kingston City Schools

Jerrice J. Baptiste participated in an Omega Women's Leadership Center Women's Leadership Residency at Juno Cottage on the Omega Campus in 2014.
Lys Swan
OWLC Administrative Coordinator
Omega Institute

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