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Winner of the 2015 Gelett Burgess, Body, Mind and Spirit award Goes to Maurice’s Valises: The Muuha of Bang Bua

The Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Awards advisory council looks for books that entertain and teach with an energetic and creative approach. The books the Center selects must stimulate the child’s imagination, as well as inspire them creatively. Advisory council members want to know a book will make an impact in a child’s life by helping […]


Super Maurice of the Valise has received another Moonbeams Book award, this time a Silver Moonbeams Book Award for Best Picture Book of 2015 for The Beans of Budapest, the eighth in the Maurice’s Valises book series. Also it is rumored that a new book will be coming out soon based on Maurice’s travels to […]

Welcome to Maurice’s Valises

J.S. Friedman, the author of Maurice’s Valises, was inspired to create this book series with a primary goal of helping build children’s empathy muscles. Truly, there is not enough empathy in today’s world, and a child’s core set of values are not innate, but are rather fostered by the environment and influences around him. We believe […]