Stories for living

Riley can’t stop crying


Riley is inconsolable. Nothing and no one can comfort him and stem the flood of tears. Until his big sister Regina sets out on a mission to get to the bottom of what is making him so miserable.

In her first venture into children’s literature, Stéphanie Boulay sheds light on a profound search for identity. A charming, impactful and timely tale to foster self-acceptance and reassure children that it’s OK to be different.

Themes: Gender identity, differences and stereotypes


  • A text of great literary quality penned with a unique sincerity by Stéphanie Boulay.
  • Topics of transness, identity and gender expression are approached in a sensitive way to evoke empathy in children.
  • A little hardcover book to be cherished, unfolding over 80 pages.


This is a book that perfectly captures in both words and pictures the struggle so many young children face to be themselves.

-The Globe and Mail

Stéphanie Boulay delves oh-so-gently into the delicate question of identity and the importance of being yourself, no matter what other people think. Writing from a child’s perspective with an air of innocence and whimsy and a punchy pen, she does a marvellous job of capturing how awkward and difficult it can be for little ones to tell grown-ups what’s bothering them. A kaleidoscope of flowing watercolours, Agathe Bray-Bourret’s delightful illustrations defy all convention and go wonderfully with the theme of being proud to be different.

– Marie Fradette, Le Devoir



  • Winner of the 2019 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
  • Winner of the People’s Favourite Award for Youth Literature, in collaboration with Radio-Canada and the TD Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2019 Espiègle Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2020 Quebec Booksellers’ Award for Children’s Literature – Ages 6–11 Category