October 23, 2015
I did! I really did.
But not a book for you.
It's you know, for kids.
(But I guess since kids don't have all that much money of their own, and the target audience is probably in the pre-Tooth-Fairy dollahdollahbills age range, maybe I did write it for you. To buy. With your money. YOU ARE SO WELCOME!!)
After I wrote about the incredibly helpful pre-moving book I made for Ike through TwigTale.com, they reached out to say thanks, and then a couple emails later they asked if I could write a new book for them in time for Halloween.
This book is essentially a much more beautiful looking version of a social story I created for Noah when he was a preschooler, back when EVERYTHING about Halloween terrified him. The costumes, the decorations...anything vaguely Halloween-like stressed him out to the point that just leaving the house became difficult. The costume shop at the mall! The billboard advertising the haunted hayride! The CANDY AISLE IN THE GROCERY STORE.
As with All Things Noah, we eventually learned that letting him acknowledge and actually feel his fear worked much, much better than having him fight it, or trying to logic him out of it. And for US to acknowledge that even if the thing he feared wasn't "real", his feelings of fear were very real.
And so I tried to create a little script for him that took that tact, something that treated fear as a normal, healthy emotion, then reminded him of past fears he'd conquered or things he was "brave" about in everyday life (riding a bike, trying a new food, etc.). I recited it in the car, at bedtime, whenever. It was simple and soothing and sing-song.
(And of course I always included a little corny silliness to make him laugh. Thomas the Tank Engine was quite scared of broccoli, if I recall correctly.)
This book can be completely customized to your child's specific fears and worries, and to the things your child feels "brave" about or past fears he or she has conquered. It assures them that being scared is a normal, universal emotion and (hopefully) gives them the words they need to talk about and work through their fear. You can use the script as-is or rewrite it completely. Add your own photos or nah. (The illustrations, which I did NOT create, are probably my favorite thing about the whole book, to be honest.)
Here's the full preview version I made for Ike, who (SURPRISE) is also afraid of spooky "Halloween stuff" (aka the decoration aisle at Target). Do I bring up the volcano thing? Of course I bring up the volcano thing. It wouldn't be my book if I didn't bring up the volcano thing.
Obviously, it would be awesome if you bought a copy. It would be even more awesome if it ends up being actually helpful.
The first 25 readers can get 20% off with the code AMYBOO20. If you want the book by Halloween, you need to order by MONDAY to get it in time.
(But of course, kids and fear and nightmares are a year-round celebration, so it'll still be available whenever your kid decides to freak out over ghosts or auto-flush toilets or whatever.
And. Um. That's it. I wrote a book! Now I'm going back to bed.