There’s a Rainbow in the Mud

At some point in life, everyone deals with the passing of something, or someone, they care about. But how does one explain this to a young child? There’s a Rainbow in the Mud is a picture book for pre-readers (ages 3-6) about love and loss, and how to help a young child understand and cope with the loss of a loved one. The main characters are a little girl and her stuffed animal monkey, which goes through trials and tribulations and eventually “leaves” her.

Published by Trafford Publishing, There’s a Rainbow in the Mud has been making rounds in children’s hospitals, hospices, and other relevant organizations throughout the world as a means of helping young children through the trauma of loss. It has been accepted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in their family resource library, child life resource library, and with their Quality of Life team, as well as by UC Davis Children’s Hospital and Cedars-Sinai Health System in California, and Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Likewise, it has been added to the list of resources for the MISS Foundation, an online support group for grieving families.

Libby wrote There’s a Rainbow in the Mud from a place of experience, shortly after her three-year-old niece/goddaughter was left as an only child when her baby sister passed away just 103 days after birth from the chromosomal abnormality Trisomy 18. Personally, Libby found that this book was not only therapeutic for her to write as a means of dealing with her own grief, but was tremendously helpful in aiding her surviving niece in comprehending the loss of her sister.

Order this title through your local bookseller or preferred online retailer.

Amazon (also available on Kindle)
Barnes & Noble (also available in Nook)
Trafford Publishing

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“Love this sweet gentle heartfelt story. Its sadness brings both understanding and empathy. I highly recommend this for all children.”
• Joy Hurwitz, Producer at That’s My Girl Productions and Emerald Peak Entertainment

“Very nice book that deals with loss without discussing death per se which leaves it open to interpretation. It could be used for any kind of loss/death – parent, grandparent, pet, friend, etc… Parents are seen as helpful and supportive… [they] facilitated her saying goodbye to the loved object… helping her deal with reality and consolidate the memory.”
• Bobbi Siegel, Assistant to the Chair at Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Colorado

“There’s a Rainbow in the Mud is very nicely done and we like it… I am sure it will be a helpful resource for little children.”
• Bruce Greene, Director at Compassion Books, Inc.

“Thank you for writing this helpful book to open up the discussion about grief and loss with young children.”
• Eugenia Tsao, LA City Facilitator for MISS Foundation

There’s a Rainbow in the Mud is available now from Trafford Publishing (
978-1-4669-9641-0 (SC ISBN)
978-1-4669-9641-3 (eBook ISBN)