NASHVILLE, TN…. August 10, 2023 – New York Times bestselling author and podcast host Annie F. Downs will release her second children’s book, So Happy To Know You! on September 19th. The book follows her 2021 best-seller, What Sounds Fun To You? which helped children and parents see that fun is everywhere. In her new book, she reminds kids that “the best thing about you is YOU!”

“No matter what they’re good at, what they look like, or what they hope to do someday, the best thing about every child is that they are unique,” says Downs. “I want this book to help children learn that being exactly who they are is the greatest gift!”

Each page of So Happy To Know You! celebrates every kid’s fun, fabulous, and unique design. With delightful illustrations and an A-to-Z look at character qualities, children (and adults!) will learn how to treasure what makes them special rather than trying to fit into others’ expectations of them. The positive, empowering message in So Happy to Know You! will help kids accept themselves and show them the joy of accepting others for who they are designed to be.

A former elementary teacher herself, Downs is also asking her audience of readers to help celebrate a teacher they love, and who has had a lasting impact on their life, by nominating them to win a teacher appreciation bundle, with one grand prize winner receiving the bundle plus a visit from Annie to read So Happy to Know You! at their school. The 50 bundles will include a signed copy of So Happy to Know You!, note from Annie, the Little Annie plush doll and a $10 Amazon gift card. Nominations open September 5 and close September 18th via

“The kids in my life are some of the best, most fun, most fascinating people I know,” she continues. “Growing up (and well into adulthood), it took me a long time to discover confidence in who I am and to be proud of the unique qualities that make me “Always Annie.” I would love it if every child learned that lesson sooner than I did, and that’s just what So Happy To Know You! shares with them. In a world where so many voices are shouting at us about what’s cool and how to be, I am grateful for the chance to remind children that who they are, exactly the way they are, is the best thing about them.”

About Annie F. Downs:
Annie F. Downs is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and successful podcast host based in Nashville, Tennessee. Engaging and honest, she makes readers and listeners alike feel as if they’ve been long-time friends. Founder of the That Sounds Fun Podcast Network—which includes her aptly named flagship show, “That Sounds Fun” — and author of multiple bestselling books like 100 Days to Brave, Remember God, and That Sounds Fun, Annie shoots straight and doesn’t shy away from the tough topics. But she always finds her way back to the truth that God is good and that life is a gift. Annie is a huge fan of laughing with friends, confetti, soccer, and boiled peanuts (preferably from a back-roads Georgia gas station). Annie has been featured in The Wall St. Journal, on Good Morning America, The Today Show’s “Wellness Today” and more. Read more at and find her (embarrassingly easily) all over the internet at @anniefdowns.

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