My Pocket Bathroom


Written by Yan Du, illustrated by Erin Vanessa

A sweet story about the importance of self-care and having a place of one’s own.

Po is a small girl living in a BIG, loud city who has always had to share her favorite relaxing retreat—her bathroom—with her busy family. But when a mysterious visitor arrives one night, everything changes.
Po’s bathroom is a place where she can be herself, enjoy quiet time, and do anything she dreams of: put on shows, dance and sing, and create whatever she imagines. But her mom, dad, and brother always barge in and interrupt her alone time. She wishes for a sanctuary all her own. Then one night, Lady Violet, a beautiful toilet guardian, appears with a magical gift. Things for Po will never be the same. But maybe she isn’t the only one who needs her very own private bathroom.
Author Yan Du and illustrator Erin Vanessa bring to life a sweet story about the importance of self-care and having a place of one’s own.

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  • Format: Jacketed Hardcover
  • Pages: 32
  • Size: 8.2 X 10.6
  • Price: $17.99
  • Age Range: 4-8 years
  • Publication Date: May 9, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781953458544

What to Expect:

Self-Care: The book emphasizes the importance of having one’s own space to relax, recharge, and take care of oneself.

• Helping Others: Po’s story shows that it is important to think about the needs of others and share your blessings with them to make their lives better.

• Relatable Family: Many young readers will feel a connection to Po’s busy family and her desire for privacy when life is hectic.

• Multicultural Learning: The book introduces mythology about toilet gods and goddesses from cultures all around the world, broadening readers’ horizons and teaching them something new.

• Expert Author: Yan Du is a CSC-Cambridge Trust Scholar who studies children’s literature and publishes original research on the topic, so she is an expert on telling stories for this age group.

• Fanciful Art: Erin Vanessa’s colorful, fantastical art brings Lady Violet and the bathroom tree to vibrant life.

Author Bio

Yan Du is a CSC-Cambridge Trust scholar of children’s literature and culture and a lover of stories. She began translating picture books in 2018 and has translated Marc Martin’s award-winning book, A Forest, and a more recent one, Max. She has published original research on children’s literature since 2020. She also writes for children’s magazines such as Phoenix English. This is her first authored picture book.

Erin Vanessa is a Canadian illustrator who hand-paints with watercolor, gouache, and pencil crayon. In addition to children’s books, her art can be found on stationery, greeting cards, puzzles, and home decor products around the world. She’s a former video game producer, runs a lot (because she loves baking cookies and eating cheese), and loves dogs. Her inspirations include video games, beautiful food, and vintage botanical illustrations. Find her at