The Big Hug books grew out of letters sent to children and their families after their psychology sessions. Each book has its origins in a real need for a real child with a real problem and offers real strategies from a real psychologist. The heart-felt illustrations and simple words aim to simplify tricky situations and soothe strong emotions. The books aim to give children, and the people who care for them, a way to talk about problems. The Big Hug books acknowledge that some moments in life are tricky and encourage acceptance, problem solving and help-seeking as needed.
Love is a special and growing thing. It’s a little bit like a tree – a special magical tree – that you can climb up into, nest comfortably in its big branches and safely watch the world go by. Love can come in different shapes and sizes. Like a tree, love can grow and grow…
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Shona Innes is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist. Since the 1980s she have been helping children, teens, adults and other psychologists to deal with challenges that come their way.
It happened when I was little, always when we were alone…but, sometimes he did things that worried me and made me feel strange on the inside…I thought games were supposed to be FUN. This is a gentle book that encourages children to tell someone about any confusing feelings that they might be experiencing, as a way of HEALING. A book about a child who has an adult friend who makes her feel special. Sometimes a bit too special. His touching makes her frightened and confused. It is only when... More info
This rhyming story is a wonderful book to talk with children about feelings. Each day is described in terms of a particular colour, which in turn is associated with specific emotions. Using a spectrum of vibrant colours and a menagerie of animals, this unique book can help children convey feelings they are experiencing and offers a springboard for externalising conversations to help children take more control over problem feelings or enlist happy feelings. The changing days, feelings and colours conveys a sense of hope for children that feeling sad, angry... More info
With a simple, witty story and free-spirited illustrations, Peter H. Reynolds entices even the stubbornly uncreative among us to make a mark - and follow where it takes us. Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you." Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at... More info