Inspirational Journeys Presents: How Picture Books Help Children Face Difficult Situations in Life with Portia Y. Clare

Portia Y. Clare in a purple jacket

This week I had an amazing conversation with a teacher turned debut author, who absolutely loves children. Grab your favorite drink and enjoy our delightful conversation.


How picture books help children face difficult situations in life with Portia Y. Clare!


I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

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Portia Y. Clare


Tuesday, August 16, 2022


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Portia Yvette Clare has been privileged to serve in developing the minds and character of children for over thirty years.  A graduate of Duke University and Regent University, she maintains her love of learning and earnestly desires to empower the children who have been entrusted to her care.  Simply put, Portia teaches because she values children.  Her love of children and family compel her to write stories that will help them to recognize their importance, appreciate their value, and navigate through difficult life experiences.  Creative writing has always brought her joy and writing children’s books has been her passion since childhood.

Portia is the only child of the late Randolph George Clare, Jr. and Jane Easterling Clare.  She was born in Bennettsville, South Carolina, and raised in Nassau, Bahamas.  Her family relocated to Bennettsville, South Carolina in 2015, where she and her mother currently reside.

For more information about her books, school visits, presentations, and activities, please visit Portia’s website at

Portia’s featured book is entitled: Best Friends Forever: A Puppy’s Tale

Description: Scoopie has just turned four, and she is getting a puppy for her birthday!

Scoopie and her new puppy, Sandy, become instant best friends.  They play together, eat ice cream, and sleep in the same bed!

But when Sandy falls ill, Scoopie is left with endless questions:

What’s wrong with Sandy?

Will she get better?

When will we get to play again?

With just one diagnosis, everything changes….

Best Friends Forever: A Puppy’s Tale is a tender, heart-warming story about love, loss, and everlasting friendship.  It is a wonderful resource of care for parents and teachers that will help them guide children through the real-life experience of owning, loving, and losing a beloved family pet, and finding the courage to share that love again.

Purchase link: (USA) (Canada)

Barnes & Noble…/best…/1141052698…



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