Emma Goes to School

This charming story is filled with a lot of sentiment. Emma Goes to School is a sweet tale about a little monster, Emma, who is starting school at Monstoria Elementary. She is worried about her claws because they are different. The unique and colorful illustrations take us through her first day, where she discovers we all have different features that make us unique and special.

I really like that this story can be used to introduce a conversation about special needs children and acceptance. At the end of the story, there is a segment about Schaaf-Yang Syndrome (SYS) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which can help inform parents, teachers, and readers.

Our family at JellyFishSticks really love the illustrations that accompany this delightful story. They were drawn by thirteen year old Sage Steiner, a self-taught artist with undeniable talent. If you would like to get a copy of Emma Goes to School for your little reader order here:

About the Author and Illustrator


Kristin Pack is a mother, teacher, and children's book author. While working as a nanny to pay her way through grad school, she was inspired to write Emma Goes to School; a book about a girl from Monstoria who's a little bit different.

Pack uses her writing as a platform to explore issues relating to physical and nuero-diversity in a child-friendly manner that promotes acceptance and embracing differences.

Kristin currently lives in Chicago, Illinois with her husband Brad, and her son Miles. She holds an M.A. from DePaul University, where she focused on family studies, and at-risk youth.


Thirteen-year-old Sage Steiner is a self-taught artist, specializing in hand-drawn ink and watercolor illustration. Born out of her unlimited imagination, her unique style of original fantasy creatures are influenced by cartoons and gaming.

To view her work or to contact her, visit: SageSteiner.com or follow her on Instagram.