'The Adventures of Brian' is a collection of children's books designed as a therapeutic approach to supporting children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears!'
The Adventures of Brian Children's Books were launched in September 2016. Each book is a therapeutic story in which Brian the cockapoo helps children to resolve their thoughts, worries and fears. Unlike conventional storybooks the Adventures of Brian use therapeutic metaphor and suggestion which are carefully embedded within the story, these work on a subconscious level to help children to make sense of their thoughts or worries whilst enjoying the Adventure of Brian story that they are reading.
Each book in the series supports a different thought, worry or fear and their messages are received without difficult conversations or a fear of making an issue even bigger. Brian's adventure stories are all based on every day scenarios which children can relate to and some contain activities that they can complete with a parent or carer, for instance, in Brian and the Magic Night children can find a special sleeping pebble and paint it a chosen colour to hold whilst reading their story.
Many of the books are based on situations which have been bought to me by friends, clients and from the 17 years of experience working with children and young people. It has been a exciting journey to release the first books in 2016, and by December 2016 there were five stories in the series. 2017 will see the release of an additional 10 titles allowing parents and carers to have a library of resources to support their children without fear of intrusion or exasperating worries. I created this book series to allow parents easy to access, daily resources to use so that they can share them at bedtime (or snuggled up on the sofa) in any situation.
I hope that you enjoy our adventures, if there are any special titles or themes that would benefit you and your children please do get in touch so I can try my best to incorporate them into our releases.
In the first in the series'Brian and the Blue Butterfly'Brian meets a beautiful blue butterfly in his garden, but isn't quite sure what it is, and why it's different to him.... The first book in the collection is the perfect companion for any child who wonders why they are different, or why people are not the same....
Brian and the Blue Butterfly looks at the differences that we have with those around us, and why those differences are often very positive. Brian shares his questions with his friend the Blue Butterfly who helps him to understand that it is ok that he cannot fly like she can.
You can find out what happens next by buying your copy on Amazon today!
In Brian and the Black Pebble
Brian is feeling a little sad and doesn't know why. When he goes for a walk in the forest with his mummy he finds a special black pebble, he knows that he needs to bring it home!
As his week progresses and Brian looks after his pebble
amazing things start to happen and Brian learns the secrets of confidence.
In a day when so much pressure is placed on children for
so many different reasons, self-esteem and confidence are
so very delicate and Brian and the Black Pebble focusses
on supporting children to build that inner confidence and feel happier in themselves.
Brian and the Black Pebble is a story close to my heart as
it is an adaptation of a story that I was told when I very
Brian and the Christmas Wish
is the fourth book in the Adventures of Brian series, because Christmas wouldn't be complete without a Brian Christmas Book!
In Brian and the Christmas Wish, Brian the cockapoo is confused as to why his mummy is pre-occupied with this thing called Christmas, she's so busy muttering about cards and presents that she doesn't even seem happy.
The story explores the importance of love and spending time with those who matter to us at this special time of year and why presents are not the key to happiness using story metaphors and sensitive storytelling.
A Christmas story for all the family, no matter how young or old and the perfect way to spend quality time together in the Christmas season.
Brian and the Shiny Star
was released on Friday 4th November 2016 as a dedication to the work of Oscars Wish Foundation
in the charity's support of parents who experience bereavement.
Gemma, the charity founder is a good friend who I met at university 10 years ago when we were studying for our Early Years Professional Status.
In Brian and the Shiny Star
Brian does not understand the sadness that he is witnessing so seeks support and guidance from his friend the Blue Butterfly to understand loss and bereavement in a way that is sensitive, safe and suitable for children of any age.
Brian and the Shiny Star supports children to resolve their thoughts through an innocent try which is full of love and kindness. At a time when there are no words Brian and the Shiny Star offers a resource to families to explain a concept which causes so much sadness and distress. Suitable for any loss, it is written in general terms so can support children through the loss of pets, family or friends.
How do we explain to children that their behaviour is not funny to others - only to them? InBrian and the Naughty Day,Brian the cockapoo has been up to mischief and does not understand why him having fun has upset so many people.
He turns to his friend the Blue Butterfly for guidance about the difference between fun that is entertaining and fun which hurts others. He then takes her guidance and uses it in new situations to allow him t have fun without causing any hurt to others.
Brian and the Naughty Day explores behaviour in a creative and fun way and through the use of metaphor and sensitive storytelling Brian helps children to make sense of situations and create new thought processes about behaviour without conflict or reprimand.
A fun and cheeky story about behaviour with important lesson to support children in understanding why sometimes their behaviour makes others sad - and how to say sorry in these situations.
In Brian and the Funny Feeling
Brian is feeling very nervous and anxious and he doesn't like it, in fact he wants to stay at home under his blanket with his toys where it is safe. His mummy encourages him to venture to the beach but he really wonders if it is possible to hide under the towel rather than play!
He finally ventures into the garden where Blue Butterfly is there to teach him how to resolve his anxiety and worries so that he can go outside and have fun . With Blue Butterfly's guidance Brian is able to learn quick and easy techniques to let go of his worries and be able to go and pay with his friends and family.
The perfect book to teach children techniques to cope with worries and anxiety.
In Brian and the Poorly Day
Brian wakes up one morning and isn't very well so his mummy says that she is taking him to the doctors, but he is scared of the shiny place with the strange people and doesn't want to go.
When the doctor gives him medicine he doesn't want to take it, so he turns to his friend the Blue Butterfly for some help to understand why we go to the doctors and what medicine is for
The perfect book to support children who are receiving medical care or visiting family members who are unwell.
It also covers why we need medication and injections!
In Brian and the Scary Moment
Brian wakes up from his nap and cannot find his mummy so he starts to panic... after searching through the whole house he eventually finds her in the garden! However he doesn't know how to manage the scary feelings in his tummy so turns to his friend the Blue Butterfly to help him get rid of them.
Blue Butterfly teaches him a special technique to remove the scary feelings and to be able to have fun again. Which Brian then teaches to his readers to help them to manage their own scary feelings.
The perfect story for children struggling to be away from parents or starting a new setting.
In Brian andthe Sparkly Rainbow
Brian is sat watching a beautiful rainbow from the doorway at home and wants to share it with his fried Darcey. BUT Darcey is in hospital having medical treatment so how will he get it to her??
With the help of a special magical doggie door, some magical puppy spells and the love of a rainbow join Brian on his visits to the children's ward to visit children who are having medical care.
The ideal book to support children who regularly visit hospitals or a lovely way to encourage children to go to bed at night.
To purchase a magical doggie door
to go with your book you can order from our friends at Lottie's Lovely Designs
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Adventures of Brian Colouring Books - Now Available on Amazon!
Brian's First Colouring Book!
We know how much children love to colour and so we've combined the therapeutic nature of colouring AND Brian's stories and created this beautiful 12 page colouring book filled with images from Brian's story books.
12 pages of illustrations from the first five books fill the pages alongside quotes from the books giving children the perfect opportunity to 'colour their own adventure'
So whether it's a birthday, Christmas or just a perfect time filler for those rainy/sunny days then join Brian on his adventures and a little taster of all your favourite moments!
It's now available on Amazon for purchase and the perfect gift for little ones!
After the success of our first colouring books Brian is back with another beautiful 12 page colouring book filled with images from the first nine story books!
The perfect stocking filler this beautiful Christmas Colouring Book is filled with 12 pages of illustrations alongside quotes from the books giving children the perfect opportunity to 'colour their own adventure' with Brian and his friends!
A lovely therapeutic activity for the whole family (we know that many of our mums are home colouring a page or two!)
It's now available on Amazon for purchase and the perfect gift for little ones!
"The book arrived just as it was bed time and the children wanted it read to them. They both sat silently listening enthralled by the story not a sound was heard other than the story being read. They both loved it and fell asleep happy. The story was re-enacted the next morning when J was upset he wasn't as big as his sister C. C explained that although they are both different sizes its because she was older than J but he was still a big strong boy"
"What a beautifully written and illustrated book. Not only did I read it and love it but I read it to some of my older pre-school children at work today and it has inspired them.
I am hoping to now use this and any further books by Nicola Edwards at my setting and I will also recommend them to parents and other practitioners and teachers too.Just wonderful!"
(Early Years Practitioner)
"My 4 year old son really enjoyed this book and so did I! It kept his attention and he was also asking questions about the story as it was easy for him to follow and understand.
Awesome book that makes total sense. It's nice and light so very easy for a bed time story"
Nicky lives in Sussex with Brian the Cockapoo where they enjoy daily adventures with friends and family. She started her career by spending 10 years working in the early years sector with 0-5 year olds before lecturing in early years and health and social care to students aged 16 and over. Having dedicated a career to working with children and young people she later retrained as a hypnotherapist and now runs A Step at a Time Hypnotherapy working with children and adults to resolve their personal issues through the use of therapeutic practices including Hypnotherapy, NLP and BWRT.
The Adventures of Brian books were the development of a long term dream of wanting to offer parents of young children tools and resources to support their children to manage worries and fears in a non-intrusive way. Having spent a large part of her career reading stories at all speeds and in all voices this collection of storybooks was born.
Each book in the collection covers a different worry which affects children on a day to day basis and uses therapeutic storytelling to support children in resolving these through Brian’s daily adventures. Using her skills as a hypnotherapist, as well as an extensive background in early years work and teaching, each book contains specially written text which supports children in making sense of their worries or thoughts on a subconscious level. In a similar context to children's hypnotherapy this works to create a calmer thought process to worries and thoughts without having to have complicated conversations which may confuse or worry a young child further.
Every book looks at a different thought or worry that your child may come home with, whether from their social situations, school or as they make sense of the world around them. New books will be being released regularly across the year so keep an eye out on the new releases for a book to support your child.
We hope you enjoy this book collection!
(Ba (Hons) Professional Studies of Learning and Development,
Early Years Professional Status,
Therapeutic Metaphor and Storytelling for Children and Adolescents,