New Children’s Books
Perfect for the ‘Little Worrier’
After some of her own experiences in life with her eldest son Bayley, Nicky Johnson, has written and self-published two highly successful and powerfully helpful children’s books;
These books aim to help promote awareness of mental health issues in young children by presenting to many schools, conferences and workshops.
‘There are so many great points to these books. Firstly, I think these books should be purchased together as the pair because they complement each other fantastically. Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! described and explained how the child may feel and gave examples of issues that may result, i.e. not wanting to eat. Although this book does have a happy ending and give ideas how else to help children express their worries and/or anxiety I though Happythoughts are Everywhere… was great at giving explanation on where children can ‘find’ happy thoughts. I felt it was a very positive book and again it gave different ideas at the back of the book on how else to focus on happy thoughts.
I have two daughters, aged 6 & 7 and they really responded well to the books. It was a great way for them to start conversation on how they have felt at times. My 7 year old gave me an example of how she felt at school one day when she was picked on by another student and asked if the way she felt was what the book was talking about. She also had a good understanding of Happythoughts are Everywhere… as she said she was happy to come home and play with her sister as they love riding their bikes together.
I think these books are so good. They give children the knowledge that these thoughts are normal as many people, adults included, worry and get anxiety but they also give them a platform to express themselves or talk about the issues or feels they maybe feeling.’
After reading these books to my children it made me think of my own childhood and reflect on how I learnt to manage my worries. Still to this day I am someone who thinks more about how other people would feel if I did this or that. When I was little I remember my mum bought me some ‘worry dolls’. These ‘worry dolls’ were about an inch in size and I was to tell it my worries, put it under my pillow and while I slept the Worry Doll would take away all my troubles. Maybe if we had these books I could felt more at ease to talk about my troubles than whisper them to a little doll.
Both of these books can be purchased at the Happy Hero Online Shop. There are also a few extra items there to take a look at such as the parent/teacher resource kit, inspirational posters and artwork.
Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts is touring in 2012 and is suitable from prep to grade 6, so if you think your school maybe interested you really should mention it as it would benefit all the children a great deal.