Cara Bean

Cartoonist Cara Bean joins An Unlikely Story to debut her latest work of graphic nonfiction Here I Am, I Am Me: An Illustrated Guide to Mental Health. In this ground-breaking work for tweens and teens, Cara takes readers on a journey to the center of the brain, exploring different aspects of mental health, from the brain and mind, to feelings and emotions. Cara will be in conversation with Lindsay Compton, Youth and Arts Coordinator and Ranger at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Space for public questions and a signing will follow.

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Here I Am, I Am Me is a full-color graphic novel-style adventure through the brain that demystifies and destigmatizes emotional and mental health for children ages 12 and up.

Join author-illustrator Cara Bean in Here I Am, I Am Me, as she takes readers on an illustrated journey to the center of the brain. Each of the chapters explores a different aspect of mental health, from the brain and the mind, to feelings and emotions.

By portraying complex neuroscience concepts with a cast of illustrated characters, the book explains what is really going on in the reader’s head in an accessible, approachable way that ultimately serves to empower the reader.

Each chapter includes a “question map” that gives context to and helps frame the pages that follow as well as a “Bean Memory,” which shares a first-person true story that illustrates the chapter’s subject matter as it has played out in the author’s life.

The book doesn’t talk down to its readers, and it doesn’t pretend that teens are immune to mental health struggles: Cara Bean masterfully discusses crucial topics like depression, substance use and addiction, and suicide, all while equipping readers with mindfulness tips, specific resources, and empathetic affirmations. Readers will learn to destigmatize the conversation around mental health by reframing their thinking, learning how to use conscious language, and helping themselves and others through mental health dilemmas.

Cara Bean is a cartoonist and art educator living in Massachusetts with her husband and their dog Raisin. She is the author of Draw 500 Faces and Features. Here I Am, I Am Me is her first book for adolescents. Find her online at

Thursday, April 11, 2024 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
111 South St
Plainville, MA 02762
Here I Am, I Am Me: An Illustrated Guide to Mental Health By Cara Bean Cover Image
ISBN: 9781523508051
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Workman Publishing Company - April 2nd, 2024