Valerie S. Johns is a family therapist practicing in Hermosa Beach, California. She started writing at the age of seven, when her teacher Mrs. Best set her poetry to music for the class to sing.
A spoken word artist, her work appeared in Poetry/LA, onthebus and other journals. She was the Poet-in-Residence at Pacific Palisades Elementary School while attending graduate school and working in her clinical internship. Valerie has spent the past 25 years helping children and adults to find their honest, inner voices - creatively and therapeutically.
Valerie’s first book, “What I Heard & What You Said,” introduced readers to Chibi (“little one” in Japanese). Since Chibi’s inception, Valerie has designed a line of jewelry featuring both Chibi and Jizo, a revered Buddhist teacher known as the protector of women, children and travelers. They can be found, along with art, statues and other stuff at www.jizoandchibi.com.
The mission of her books is to help both children and adults to understand themselves and to accept the things we cannot understand, while communicating with each other in helpful ways.
Valerie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, two dogs and her horse.
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Why A Fly
by Valerie Johns
"Why a Fly" was written for parents to read to their children once the 'whys' begin, and never seem to end. Valerie Johns, a family therapist for over 20 years, uses mindfulness and the Buddhist concept of the koan to help children see that sometimes it is best to be with the process of asking the questions rather than getting the answer.
"Creatively written and comical" -Robert Williams, author
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