Not Today Celeste: A Dog's Tale about Her Human's Depression
Charmingly illustrated, this heart-warming story for children aged 3+ reflects some of the feelings and experiences that a child whose parent or carer has depression may face. When it comes to periods of low mood in a parent or carer, children can often feel that they are to blame, or even that the parent doesn't love them anymore. The story provides reassurance by explaining what depression is and how it is possible to find help. With a comprehensive guide for parents and professionals written by Dr Pooky Knightsmith that provides advice on discussing the topic with children, this is a truly valuable resource that will be of interest to social workers, child and school counsellors, psychologists, parents and foster parents.
Liza Stevens has an MA in Children's Book Illustration from the Cambridge School of Art, UK. She is a foster carer and has an interest in child development, including mental health and attachment disorders. She lives in East Sussex, UK.
Contributions by: Includes a guide for parents and carers written by Pooky Knightsmith, a psychologist and mental health and emotional wellbeing advisor to the PSHE Association
A solid starting point for talking about mental illness, but adults should be prepared to clarify and deepen the discussion.--School Library JournalWow, this was a great book, perfect for children who have a parent, or someone in the family, who is dealing with depression. This book does a great job on showing the signs, and also shows what one can do about it, or how one can help.--Twirling Book Princess blog
The goal of this story is to explain to kids what depression is, and to give them tools to deal with it. It's written in a way which encourage questions, and gives opportunities for the kids to express how they feel and what they think. The text is easy to understand, with pretty illustrations... I really liked this book, and highly recommend it!--Reviews in Chalk blog
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