My First Children’s Storybook is Here!

Hi Friends, Fans, and Passersby,


If you’ve read prior posts, you’ll know that something big is happening to me this year. And, I want to share it with you.


I’ve written a storybook for kids to help them with the same issues I’ve been writing to you about since 2009. I posted my big cover reveal a few weeks ago.


Now, you can be a part of the story itself.


I write this sentence with shaky hands and a lump in my throat. I’ve never been prouder (or more frightened) of anything I have done in my professional career.


Here she is…



Seraphina Does Everything! is available for order on Amazon. Right now. Oh, my goodness.


What’s the book about?


Seraphina wants to do it all. And she does! From soccer to ballet to French club, her schedule is jam-packed. There are so many options and doors to walk through in life, and Seraphina doesn’t want to miss a thing.


If I don’t open every door

to see what lies within,

I’ll miss an opportunity,

that might not come again.


I stay busy day and night,

through winter, fall, and spring.

I crush my fear of missing out

by doing EVERYTHING.


So, if Seraphina is doing all the things she wants to do, then why does she feel so blue? With some help from her dad, Seraphina discovers that in trying to do everything, she is missing out on some of her favorite things, like playing hide-and-seek with friends or playing catch with her dog.


In today’s world, kids are often as over committed as adults. They feel pressured to participate in every activity from sports to dance to social clubs. And none of these things are bad until they begin to steal our children’s joy. Seraphina Does Everything! helps children understand that life isn’t all about doing. It’s also about being! And when we let go of some things and choose what we enjoy most, it makes everything way more fun!


As you can see in this video, I can hardly contain my excitement.


I’m doing the best I can, folks, I promise.



My First-Ever “Hard Ask”


For those of you unfamiliar with Amazon’s algorithm, the long-term success of a book depends greatly on pre-order sales and verified reviews (among other things).


So, for the first time in 10 years of writing this blog…I am presenting you, my cherished reader, with a “hard ask.”


Please, click here to go on Amazon right now and order Seraphina Does Everything!


The book is geared toward kids in grades 3 – 6. But there is a message in the story for all of us who are overscheduled and overwhelmed.


From April 2 – 8, 2019 only, there is a pre-order bonus!


If you are an educator, parent, summer camp leader, after-school-care facilitator, or anyone who would like some resources to help kids learn about life balance, my publisher and I have constructed an 11-page set of downloadable activities to accompany the book.


To get the downloadable packet of resources you must:

  1. Pre-order the book on Amazon before 4/8/19 at midnight EDT. Copy your order number from Amazon’s check out page.
  2. Go to this page and fill out the Pre-Order Form. Paste your order number and enter your email here.
  3. Check your email immediately for the download link. The message will come from the National Center for Youth Issues (NCYI).
  4. Receive your book after it ships on April 9, 2019


Bonus step: Please go back to Amazon after reading the book and write a review! Verified reviews (i.e., from folks who Amazon knows ordered the book) are so important.


That’s it for now, friends (I assume the “Fans and Passersby” have stopped reading by now).


Thank you for your support. I hope you fall in love with my Seraphina.


Seraphina Does EVERYTHING!

In today's world, kids are often as over committed as adults. Seraphina does EVERYTHING! helps children, and the adults who love them, understand that life isn't all about doing. It's also about being!

Dr. Melissa GratiasMelissa Gratias (pronounced “Gracious”) used to think that productivity was a result of working long hours. And, she worked a lot of hours. Then, she learned that productivity is a skill set, not a personality trait. Now, Melissa is a productivity expert who coaches and trains other businesspeople to be more focused, balanced, and effective. She is a prolific writer and speaker who travels the world helping people change how they work and improve how they live. Contact her at or 912-417-2505. Sign up to receive her productivity tips via email.




  1. Kelly Shiflett

    Preordered 4! Can’t wait to read with my kids and share with other kids. Really on point topic. Congrats Melissa!

    • Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

      Thank you, Kelly! I hope you and the kids enjoy it. If you want the free resource bundle, go to before 4/8/19 at midnight.

  2. Brenda Wynkoop

    Congratulations on your new book! I am excited for you on this achievement. I have ordered my copy!!!

    • Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

      I’m excited, too, Brenda. Thanks for your support.

  3. Tina Hinson Mock

    Congratulations! I’m so happy for you. It looks like a great book. I can’t wait to read it with my little one. I’ve ordered my copy!

    • Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

      Yay! I hope you both love Seraphina…

  4. Brenda Wynkoop

    I received my copy of your book. This is a wonderful book. I love the illustrations and the story line. Great job!

    • Melissa Gratias, Ph.D.

      Thank you, Brenda! I’m so glad you love it. ~Melissa


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Like what you read?

Get new posts directly in your inbox!

You might also like these posts…

The Curse of the HIPO

There are people in this world whose abilities, both innate and grown, are beautiful and desirable to employers. Like...

read more

Enjoying these posts? Make sure you dont miss any!

If you enjoy my blog posts and want to make sure you never miss one - sign up for my newsletter! When you do, you'll also get instant access to my FREE webinar on interruptions in the workplace.

Interruptions can kill productivity. With one “Got a minute?” from a coworker or one stray thought swirling in your brain, the flow of your work can be completely disrupted.

The trouble is that few people have concrete strategies to get back on task quickly after an interruption. Some people completely lose focus…for hours! If you have tried reducing interruptions, but they still impact your ability to be effective at work, this free webinar is for you.