Scarlett Lewis Writes Children’s Book in Tribute to Jesse

Scarlett Lewis with children's book (2)


Jesse Lewis. Courtesy of the Choose Love Movement

NEWTOWN, CT (December 4, 2022) – Scarlett Lewis, founder and Chief Movement Officer of Choose Love Movement, along with her mother Maureen Lewis, have published a children’s book as tribute to Jesse Lewis, Scarlett’s son. Jesse saved 9 classmates before he was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting.

Choosing Love – A Pathway to Flourishing” is a collection of life lessons that guide young readers to live a life with courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion-in-action, and intended for adults to read with children, reflect and discuss. It is beautifully illustrated by artist Jane Davidian.

The premise of the book is the chalkboard message left behind by Jesse, ‘Nurturing Healing Love’ which was the inspiration for Scarlett to create the Choose Love Movement which is providing a pathway to a safer, more peaceful and loving world.

Ten years after the Sandy Hook tragedy, young people face even more challenges. Evidence shows the positive impact of programs like Choose Love. This book is another part of the solution. “Choosing Love – A Pathway to Flourishing”  is a collection of life lessons that guide young readers to live a life with courage, gratitude, forgiveness and compassion-in-action. 

“This December marks ten years since Jesse was so needlessly and violently killed. I knew immediately that if the shooter had access to social emotional learning, this tragedy would never have happened,” said Scarlett. “I feel Jesse’s spirit around me and he inspires me every day to be strong and share his message of love with the world. This book is a way that I can memorialize Jesse and share his message with children to help them be kinder and more connected with each other.”

Jesse Lewis’ chalkboard message ‘Nurturing Healing Love.’ Courtesy of the Choose Love Movement

Choose Love programs are free and teach essential life skills to children and adults. It has grown organically, one person at a time over the last ten years, and now reaches 3.5 million children and adults in over 120 countries. Scarlett Lewis’ vision is to reach and positively impact 25 million people by 2025. 

Proceeds from the book will benefit the Choose Love Movement.