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Ava Dussault '18 Publishes New Book and Shares Her Journey as an Author

Ava Dussault '18 Publishes New Book and Shares Her Journey as an Author
Marianapolis alumna Ava Dussault ‘18 became an author and published her first book, Renee Finds Her Calm: Mindfulness Tools to Focus and Be Present, in December 2021. This book focuses on teaching children self-regulation skills.

Most recently, she published her second book, Renee Finds Her Inner Strength, in March 2024. Dussault shares that her “new book is about having a growth mindset and never giving up.” The main character, Renee, learns the power of words and affirmations to help change her thought patterns into more positive, mindful self-talk.

Dussault was thrilled to have a launch party on March 16 at Tatnuck Bookseller to celebrate her new book! Members of our Marianapolis community, family, friends, children, and more attended this fun celebration. Dussault enjoyed connecting with parents and children who have been avid readers and supporters of her book series. You can click here to view photos from the launch event.

Dussault has always been interested in social-emotional learning. She graduated from Providence College in 2022 with an elementary and special education degree. She received her Master's degree in social-emotional learning in 2023.

In addition to being an author, Dussault runs a children’s yoga studio called 2 Mindful Girls with her Mom. They aim to “promote mindfulness, healthy living, and social-emotional skills.” You can find out more about their offerings and core values here.  

Dussault’s books are ideal for children ages 4-10. You can order copies on Amazon, Tatnuck Bookseller in Westborough, MA, or by filling out this form for exclusive merch and signed copies.

All are welcome to Dussault's next event hosted by Yummy Mummy Bakery in Westborough, MA! It will take place on Thursday, April 18, from 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. There will be a special reading of Renee Finds Her Calm, a yoga session, mindfulness exercises, a make-your-own mini bento cake session, and more! If you are interested or know of anyone with children who may be interested, you can sign up here.

For more book updates and upcoming events, follow @booksbyavadussault on Instagram!

Congratulations on all your success, Ava! Your Marianapolis family can’t wait to see what you accomplish next!