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Giveaway: 4 Copies of Daniel’s Dreams- Monster Mountain, a Children’s Book about Mental Health

25th January 2021

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A brand new book that talks about mental health in a child-friendly way, Daniel’s Dream*, is one of my current favourites during this difficult time.

If you’ve read my recent suggestions for indoor activities with kids to beat the boredom, you will have seen this book is featured.

It’s written by a teacher, Leanne Brown, who has seen how childhood mental health has reached epidemic levels in schools.

She feels the conversation with youngsters about their mental wellbeing often never takes place, so she created this series of books to change that.

This is the first volume in the Monster Mountain series, which aims to share fun and adventurous stories whilst helping children to understand mental health issues.

Leanne says about her new series:

“Each book will see Daniel return to Monster Mountain, where he’ll encounter and learn about a different mental health issue such as depression, grief, PTSD, anxiety, bullying, OCD and ADHD. Mental health is a tough issue to discuss with children, chiefly because nobody can “see” you suffering. I want children to understand that suffering from a mental health condition doesn’t make them weak or unworthy. Quite the opposite – I want them to embrace their strength, drive and tenacity. These stories will help immensely.”Leanne Brown, author

Daniel's Dream Book

The Storyline

Here’s Leanne’s description of the book for an idea of the storyline:

Daniel is a young boy from a ‘normal’ family. He’s shy, quiet and worries about things in life, unlike his sister Darcie, who is outgoing, loud, and confident.

Daniel loves bedtime because his imagination, through his dreams, takes him on adventures, where he meets new people and visits new places.

One night, a monster appears in his bedroom, who takes him on an adventure to Monster Mountain. Daniel always thought monsters were scary, but tonight he learns they’re just like humans; they have feelings and worry about things in their lives.

Daniel notices that each monster is individual and unique and helps one of the monsters, Shelley, who is really struggling with anxiety. Daniel teaches Shelley different ways to cope with her anxiety. He, too, must use these skills to get over his own worries about school. Can he overcome his worries and apply the strategies to cope?

There’s a resource pack to go alongside the book which is available in print and digitally too.

Giveaway (ends 22/2/21)

I’m giving away FOUR copies of this book, so to be in with a chance of winning, please enter below.

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This giveaway ends 22/02/2021.

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  • Chris Andrews

    25th January 2021 at 7:20 pm

    l am ALWAYS here to listen without criticism

  • Phil Read

    25th January 2021 at 7:26 pm

    I tried to teach her that she should not judge people, and that everyone is special in different ways

  • Rebecca Nisbet

    25th January 2021 at 9:38 pm

    It’s to not judge and to understand, something that may be easy for her may be very difficult and distressing for someone else and visa versa.

  • Mr Mark Adamson

    25th January 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Looks like a good lockdown read with the kids

  • Rachelle Barrett

    25th January 2021 at 11:39 pm

    This is such an important toic right now. We really dont know how this lockdown is affecting our kids. Such an amazing prize

  • Carly Belsey

    26th January 2021 at 6:39 am

    It is so important at the moment especially isn’t it. It’s my 13 year old that I worry about the most but he seems to be okay, I always have a good chat with him. My 6 year old is struggling at the moment so to read a book to her to make it clearer would be wonderful.

  • Laura Pritchard

    26th January 2021 at 6:37 pm

    I talk to them about feelings all the time.

  • Corinne Peat

    26th January 2021 at 6:38 pm

    We go for long walks and talk about the things that are worrying them. We always encourage them to talk about it.

  • Karen Stirling

    26th January 2021 at 9:10 pm

    My sons school is very good about teaching about mental health. I enforce the message and always encourage him to talk about how he feels. I bought him a journal to record his feelings. It’s got activities in it that he enjoys.

  • Ruth Harwood

    28th January 2021 at 5:19 am

    We talk about what it feels like and discuss ways to deal with it and who to talk to if we aren’t feeling good xx

  • Jo m welsh

    29th January 2021 at 7:53 am

    That it’s good to talk to each other and that we are always here for them .

  • Tracy Newton

    29th January 2021 at 3:59 pm

    To recognise the emotion that they are feeling, talk to some one about it, and be kind to others

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    30th January 2021 at 10:25 am

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  • claire woods

    31st January 2021 at 7:11 pm

    Talk about how we feel and encourage them to do the same.

  • Leigh Beasley

    31st January 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Looks like a great tool for such an important topic for kids right now

  • Laura

    1st February 2021 at 12:04 am

    I always try to get them to understand that you should always be kind to others and if someone has upset them to tell an adult they trust.

  • John Taggart

    1st February 2021 at 9:57 am

    I teach the old adage a friend in need is a pest

  • Emma Walsh

    1st February 2021 at 11:48 am

    I’m really at the introduction stage of mental health with my daughter. I’m teaching her self care and the value of herself, and introducing mindfulness to her day with grounding exercises. I’m currently training to be a mental health nurse and feel that it’s incredibly important to start children off with the right attitude towards mental health. Xxx


    1st February 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Everybody’s different at the end of the day and people have to respect that. more books like this about feeling and emotions are a good start

  • C Parkin

    2nd February 2021 at 11:48 am

    I teach them to not bottle feelings up, to always let me know if anything is making them sad, and boosting their self esteem by praising them.

  • Rebecca Taylor

    2nd February 2021 at 1:57 pm

    We always have an open conversation at the end of the say where everything is discussed and there are no off limit subjects

  • Rich Tyler

    4th February 2021 at 12:08 pm

    We talk about our emotions & how they effect us

  • Rachael Sexey

    6th February 2021 at 8:55 am

    We are very open about our feelings

  • Jenny McClinton

    6th February 2021 at 2:05 pm

    I always make sure I say to my daughter than she can talk to me about anything and I encourage her to when she gets upset. I also try to be honest when I’m upset or moody so she can see that we all get the same feelings.

  • mac

    16th February 2021 at 1:22 pm

    Watch Doctor Who – Vincent and The Doctor

  • Rosalind Blight

    18th February 2021 at 9:37 am

    Listen to your children about the small things and don’t let children think that mental health is a taboo subject.

  • Diana

    18th February 2021 at 9:44 pm

    I’m really not good at it, talking about mental health or explaining anything. So I admit I really need help to help my children :/

  • Caroline Kelly

    19th February 2021 at 12:20 am

    Nothing specific

  • Gill Williams

    19th February 2021 at 8:10 am

    I make sure my child has a healthy diet, a good night’s sleep, and plenty of exercise.

  • Troy Easton

    19th February 2021 at 10:34 pm

    I would say text books and other types of books for them to read on there own or together so they learn about metal health.

  • Vicky

    21st February 2021 at 8:04 pm

    My 6 Year old has ADHD and we find that deep breathing and simple yoga moves really help him.

  • Adrian Bold

    22nd February 2021 at 2:48 am

    I’ve never had to talk about it as my son is too young to understand.

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