Joanne Osburn’s newly released ‘I’m Ugly’ is an emotionally charged children’s story about loss and dealing with life-altering wounds.


“I am ugly”: an encouraging message for children who have experienced the trauma of death and who survive a major burn. “I’m Ugly” is the creation of published author Joanne Osburn, a retired grief therapist, co-founder of a children’s bereavement center and death/dying educator. After twenty years of working with grieving families, Osburn knows the value of children’s picture books. As a first-time author, she addresses the grief of children and their ability to cope during devastating losses. She resides in Florida.

Osburn shares, “Mia, the baby elephant, portrays the thousands of children burned each year in the United States alone. In a flash, not only does her mother die, but her body is badly burned and permanently disfigured. His whole life is changed forever. Along with her loving family, Mia offers a message of hope. She is the uncelebrated and unknown heroine that children often become when forced to adjust during times of loss. She is the example for unaware adults of the wisdom and intuition usually possessed by grieving children.

“I’m Ugly is a valuable tool in all recovery settings for traumatized children. Clinical or non-clinical, Mia is the perfect read-aloud.

Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Joanne Osburn’s new book explores the great emotions and coping process that accompany a traumatic event in a child’s life.

Osburn shares the hope of helping families, counselors and educators help children overcome trauma.

Consumers can purchase “I’m Ugly” in traditional bookstores, or online at, Apple iTunes Store or Barnes and Noble.

For more information or inquiries about “I’m Ugly,” contact Christian Faith Publishing’s media department at 866-554-0919.

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