Title: Find your Calm
Written by: Catherine Veitch and Sarah Davis
Illustrated by: Jessica Smith
Published by: Welbeck Publishing
Find Your Calm is a stylish fill-in journal designed to help children keep track of their daily life and their dreams for the future, as well as providing advice to increase their sense of calm and quiet a busy mind. I think it is suitable for children in Upper KS2 and higher to work through alone and would also be a useful resource for adults to dip in to.
It was written by Catherine Veitch in consultation with, Sarah Davies, a London-based (UKCP registered) child psychotherapist, who has a MA in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Counselling.
Find Your Calm is full of activities that provide the ideal space to explore creativity and mindfulness. In my opinion the activities provide some excellent supportive techniques which could be used in the classroom with younger children from ages 5+ as a great way for them to gain an understanding of what triggers anxiety whilst offering strategies to help them stay calm under pressure.
I thought the inclusion of pages on the brain and the nervous system and the explanations of how the body reacts in stressful situations was a useful addition to the book.
The illustrations by Jessica smith are eye-catching and supportive. The use of pastel colours creates a calming atmosphere to support the text.
Other books in the series include: Find your Happy, Find your Courage and Find your Body Confidence.
A useful book for all teachers.
You can buy copies of Find Your Calm by Catherine Veitch, Sarah Davies and Jessica Smith from your local independent bookshop, or online at uk.bookshop.org, an organisation with a mission to financially support local, independent bookshops.
I would like to thank Antonia Wilkinson for organising me a review copy of this book.