Aliya King Neil, Keep Your Head Up Storytime

Teach little ones that it's okay to have a bad day in this brightly illustrated, gently affirmative picture book about keeping our heads up and letting things pass.

When a child wakes up late one day, it's only the first in a series of things to go terribly awry. But the people around them show them that what's important is being kind to yourself and getting through rough days. Because, after all, tomorrow is a fresh start.

Aliya King Neil is an award-winning journalist and the author and coauthor of books for teens and adults. Her work has appeared in Vibe, Giant, Uptown, Essence, King, Ms., Us Weekly, and Teen People, among others . Keep Your Head Up is her first picture book. Visit her at]

Illustrated by Charly Palmer, a graduate of the American Academy of Art, a nationally recognized fine artist whose work is in private and public collections, including those of McDonald's Corporation, the Coca-Cola Company, and Vanderbilt University. His illustrative work for Mama Africa! earned him the 2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator of the Year award. Palmer's art is inspired by his children and grandchildren. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Event date: 
Friday, October 22, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
Watchung Plaza
The Green
Montclair, NJ 07042
Keep Your Head Up Cover Image
By Aliya King Neil, Charly Palmer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781534480407
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (Subject to Availability)
Published: Denene Millner Books/Simon & Schuster Books f - September 28th, 2021