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Tracy Schlepphorst, M.Ed., author and founder of Emotion Belly Books, writes children's books that help children better understand their emotions.
Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi. Tracy taught for five years in St. Louis, MO and was a school counselor in Tulsa, OK for four years- she loved every minute of it!
Her presence in the classroom has continued from student, to teacher, to counselor, to mentor, and now to special guest author in elementary schools across the country as she shares the messages expressed through her Emotion Belly Books.
Tracy is now a Rainbow Kids Yoga certified teacher. To learn more about her Emotion Belly Kids Yoga program, click here.
About Emotion Belly Books
Emotion Belly Books was born out of Tracy’s childhood experiences. Tracy grew up in Webster Groves, MO, the youngest child of four, and what her mother liked to call, “A pleasant surprise!”
“Mom always said my mouth opened before my eyes each morning,” Tracy recalls, and is sure that her husband, John, would still agree. Unfortunately, great sadness entered Tracy’s life at age six, when her Dad died of cancer. “I felt so conflicted at times; I wanted to laugh and play and do what other six-year-olds did, but sadness hung over our house like a heavy, dark cloud.”
Tracy learned through additional losses in her adult life, how, as a child, she did not understand the roller coaster of emotions: shocked, angry, confused, sad, silly, and happy. It is her hope to help and educate others on the importance of social emotional learning through her stories. She wishes she’d had an Eden as a struggling six-year-old!
Eden and Her Happy One day Eden wakes up and thinks her Happy is gone. Her emotions take over as she searches in all the wrong places for her Happy. You’ll never guess where she finally finds it.
Henry and His Manners Henry learns the importance of manners when he wakes up one morning without them. Follow Henry as he goes through his day and watch his manners try to catch him.
Eden and Her Joy Eden shares her personal journey of loss, love and connection. Follow Eden through the untimely loss of her dad. Watch her emotions and the emotions of those she loves. Experience the return of her happy as she realizes that the love of her dad is a forever love.
Eden and Her Happy was Tracy’s debut children's book and soon after it was published, she began offering Author Visits at elementary schools to share the books’ central message with children that their happy never leaves them.
Emotion Belly Books has been an excellent way for Tracy to connect her passions for teaching, counseling, and mentoring children and offer tools for educators to explore social emotional learning in the classroom. In 2017, she became a Rainbow Kids Yoga certified teacher and has added Emotion Belly Yoga classes to her offerings. She is excited about the future and invites you to follow her as she grows.
“I’ve suffered painful losses in my life. I know, first-hand, what it feels like to be a child dealing with adult-size emotions. I also now know that the best way to get to one’s Happy is knowing it can never completely leave you. I’ve learned to walk in the rain and still feel the sunshine.” – Tracy Schlepphorst, M. Ed.
“Some books ask us questions…and other books give us answers. Eden and Her Joy holds space for us to find both. Eden helps us navigate some of the really hard questions and she helps us sit with some of the immensely beautiful answers. It’s not just a book about loss or grief. It’s a book about how we hold onto to each other in the midst of it."
-Genevieve V. Georget, Author of Her Own Wild Winds