About the Book
Layla wakes up nervous to go to her new school, so she looks to Mama to help her feel better. The mother and daughter duo head to the kitchen and combine all the necessary ingredients—kindness, hope, warm hugs, and prayers—to create a new tradition of confidence and happiness.
Written and illustrated by Jena Holliday, this tender picture book serves as a boosting reminder to trust in God, to have faith, but most importantly, to believe in your ability to turn a bad day around.
A fun metaphor for transforming your mood, A Spoonful of Faith is Jena’s playful rendition of turning comfort food into soul food. An encouraging and hopeful picture book, perfect for anyone nervous about activities such as going back to school.
What People Are Saying
"Even as a woman at 35 this book and its message speak to me. Children need to hear this story... It's important to share narratives for women and children of color."
"We have so much to learn from our kids. They allow us to tap in, wonder, and question. This [book] is an opportunity to see that beauty within ourselves, through our children."
"An uplifting, rhyming picture book offering food for the soul."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"An evergreen topic of one family’s coping, with sweet illustrations."
-- School Library Journal
"Keeping this book handy for those days when your child turns to you for advice and you’re at a loss for words."
-- Rhea - @rheamendezona
"A fun metaphor for transforming your mood, A Spoonful of Faith is Jena’s playful rendition of turning comfort food into soul food."
-- Anna - @never_withouta_book
"I love this story! I thought it was so sweet how Laylas mom helped her feel okay about going to school by whipping up a recipe of God’s love. ❤️"
-- Annie F. Downs Mini Bff Book Club - @minibffbookclub
"It serves as a beautiful nudge to keep the faith and to trust in God! We can turn a bad day around into a good one! A great message for the little ones 💖"
-- Lex - @lex_withthe_text
"I love that this book focuses not only on a mother and child bond but that GOD is the true source of where our hope is."
-- Dani - @onemorebookmama
In the Media
Ebony sits down with Jena Holliday to discuss the inspiration behind her new children's book, A Spoonful of Faith. Named after Holliday’s illustration company, which by all acounts is the manifestation of her decision to step out on faith, A Spoonful of Faith teaches children how to overcome challenges by simply believing that they can...
About Jena Holliday
Jena is an illustrator, author, and creative mama from Minnesota. I love to dream big and I spend my days crafting whimsical illustrations and uplifting designs.
I am known for my warm, joyful drawings of women, mothers, my floral work and my hand lettered inspirational quotes. My work is inspired by growing up surrounded by women (4 sisters!) and finding that the beauty of our differences always made us stronger. I also pull inspiration from the diversity of people in our world, honest motherhood, and my walk of faith.