Hayley Graham

Tor Allen

Release Date:
September 2022


222x174mm educational resource

Age group:


Shadow Monsters and

Courageous Hearts

Little Steps Publishing


Have you ever wanted to understand more about mental health difficulties, such as trauma, OCD, attachment, shame and grief but been put off by lengthy, academic texts? Have you ever wanted to start a conversation with a child about mental health concerns but not known where to begin? Have you ever wondered if there might be a way to help empower your kids to take control of their own psychological wellbeing for now and the future? If the answer is yes to any or all of these questions, this is the book for you. Child and adolescent psychotherapist Hayley Graham draws on her years of experience to create an accessible resource perfect for any adult caring for or working with children, whether parent, teacher or therapist. In Shadow Monsters and Courageous Hearts, she gives us five beautifully written and deeply-affecting stories designed to educate, empower and inspire. What’s more she provides succinct explanations of the mental health challenges explored and suggests questions related to the stories to facilitate adults to start conversations with children. Conversations to further understanding, empowering, and to nurture kindness and compassion.

Key Words

#psychotherapy #mentalhealth #educationalresource #trauma #anxiety #OCD #grief #loss #shame #attachment #stories #help

Key Selling Points:

  • A much-needed resource for teachers, parents, carers and psychotherapists combining emotionally meaningful storytelling and helpful synopses with sets of tips for adults to help children and themselves make sense of key mental health issues.
  • Five heartfelt stories with woodland animals aimed at 7 to 11 yearolds based on the themes of trauma, shame, OCD and anxiety, attachment and loss.
  • Beautiful watercolour illustrations from talented illustrator.

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