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We have a gorgeous little giveaway for you all today; something to ease anxiety in kids at this difficult time. Puppy in My Head (RRP £6.99), a comic-style picture book by award-winning author Elise Gravel, and helps children identify and deal with anxiety in a humorous, relatable and light-hearted way.
This books is aimed at kids aged 2-5, and is designed to help them to become both more mindful and aware of their anxious feelings.
The main character of the book addresses the reader right from the first page, telling us that there is a puppy running around inside his head. The puppy’s name is Ollie, and sometimes the puppy is quiet, oftentimes he is curious, and occasionally, Ollie gets scared.
A lot of the time, Ollie gets way too excited! That’s when it can get overwhelming for the main character. What to do?! He uses his breath, words, and actions to calm himself—and Ollie, the puppy—right down. The final page suspects that all of us—grown-ups, too—have a puppy inside our heads.
This is such a great was of helping kids to visualise their worries, in a clear and understandable way. It also provides them with the concept that adults can get anxious too; which will give them a little more understanding should family members suffer from anxiety.
What makes Puppy in My Head special
Puppy in My Head is a book that feels so necessary. It helps children deal with anxious and overwhelming thoughts in a friendly and constructive way. With bold, graphic, and colourful art coupled with a clear and a child-friendly metaphor, this book will speak to and help many young readers cope with anxiety.
Author Elise Gravel is a popular children’s book author and illustrator based in Montreal, Quebec, whose books have been listed on Bank Street College’s Best Books of the Year, Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books, and New York Public Library’s Best Books for Kids. Elise’s art is filled with a sense of wonder, humour and creativity that speaks directly to young minds.
She is inspired by social causes and loves to create quirky characters that teach kids how to embrace the wonderful things that make them different. She has created over thirty books for children. Find out more about Elise at and Upside Down Books.
How to win Puppy in My Head
Winning this book is easy – all you need to do is fill out the widget below. We have the usual ways to enter on KiddyCharts; just to make it easy for you.
Entry is via:
- Following Trigger Publishing on Twitter, be lovely to get a follow for KiddyCharts if you like us, but this isn’t a requirement for entry,
- Tweeting about the giveaway,
- Telling us in the comments section why you would like to win this, and
- Signing up to the KiddyCharts’ newsletter for more fabulous articles, free printables, reviews and giveaways.
We do hope that you think that this is as charming a book as we do and would like to win it for your children. The giveaway closes on the 30th April at 11.59pm, and usual T&Cs apply as well.
Thanks for coming to see us again – we massively appreciate your time. If you want to see other resources for kids that suffer from anxiety, then we do have loads on the site. Why not take a look?
Take care of yourself and your kids, and we will see you again soon I hope.