Lily Hates Goodbyes

"Lily Hates Goodbyes" Cover Lily Hates Goodbyes is a storybook especially for military children ages 2-7 to help them survive and thrive through deployment separation.

With simple language and vivid illustrations, Lily Hates Goodbyes helps kids cope with a parent’s lengthy absence. Along with Lily they learn healthy ways to deal with their emotions, stay connected across the miles, and be happy anyway.

Readers rejoice as Lily leaps into her daddy’s arms when he returns; it sweetens their own sense of anticipation. Lily helps kids make it through the pain to their own joyful hello. Lily and her ever-present bunny Quincy are reassuring, comforting, and inspiring companions.

Lily is one of thousands of military children who pay a very high price for the honorable service of their parents. Sometimes they feel very alone. I hope Lily can be a friend to your military child.


Peek Inside

Lily Hates Goodbyes is 8.5″ square and 32 pages long with full-color images on every page of the story. The book also includes a Suggestions page at the back to help parents establish the open, loving communication their children need.

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Pages 1 & 2

Pages 3 & 4

Pages 7 & 8

Pages 9 & 10

Pages 11 & 12

Pages 15 & 16

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Pages 21 & 22



Jerilyn Marler, a writer for over 30 years, is also an editor, publisher, and speaker who focuses on helping military children and parents cope with deployment separations. In late 2011 she launched her own publishing company Quincy Companion Books™, an imprint of Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing.


Nathan Stoltenberg is an illustrator and designer living in Seattle, Washington. He creates custom logo/identity solutions, marketing collateral, packaging, and other graphics for print and web. He loves illustration and works in a contemporary, bold, and graphic style. He also has a secret nerd-passion for science fiction and fantasy art!