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Republished 2024!

Roly-Poly and the Light is for anyone who has ever felt different.

It is an uplifting story of a child’s friendship with an unusual roly‑poly
(pill bug), Ayla, who shares wisdom of valuing self, differences and connecting with others.


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*PLUS -the book includes talking points and discussion tips for parents and teachers.

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L .  Leigh    Love

"Do you know what  a Roly-Poly is?"
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"Roly-Poly and the Light is a well-written, wonderfully-illustrated, appealingly presented book that celebrates the fact that all of us have unique qualities that contribute to our respective communities. It's our differences that make us who we are.


Engagingly written in a way that younger children will understand and older children (including those of us well into late adulthood) will appreciate. The compelling discussion questions at the end of the book advance its themes perfectly and serve as a flexible basis for continued dialogue. Highly recommended!" 

- Stephen F. 

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About the Author

Author, L. Leigh Love is an East Coast writer and artist who very much enjoys connecting with nature and all life. Her writing focuses on the inspirational and spiritual areas of life, with her artistic mediums being nature photography, acrylics and alcohol ink.


She is delighted to share the story here, which is from the heart and sparked from a real encounter with a toad friend and roly-poly, she once met.


She also worked as the Art Director for Roly-Poly and the Light.
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Spiritual, Inuitive and Creative Arts

"I really love your book. I’ve read the whole thing and wish I would have had a book like this when I was growing up. " - Allison F. 


"Your message is emotionally resonant. And I know only someone who feels it on a cellular level (like you) could express it so beautifully." - Jessica S. 

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Here is a sample of the book's illustrations.
To see more, order your book today.
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About the Illustrator

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"Sweet book with a great message."

- Robert F. Marshall 

" I loved it!!!" 

- S.F.

"It has such a great message." - Five Stars  

- Shelley F.



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I'd love to hear from you!

"Shine Bright and thank you for visiting."


warmly, Leigh

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