1st Edition

Feel, Think, and Do with Ruby, Rafa and Riz: A Storybook and Guide for Understanding Behaviour and Emotions

    104 Pages 38 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    This set containing an adult resource guide and storybook encourages children to explore and interrogate their thoughts and feelings in an accessible and fun way while providing trusted adults with clear, straightforward explanations of why this understanding is important and tools that can be used in a learning setting.

    Through the characters of Ruby, Rafa and Riz who negotiate their way through a world of likes and dislikes, of similarities and differences and through experiences which impact on their lives, the colourfully illustrated storybook helps children to identify and understand their inner emotional world and the crucial role that trusted adults have in supporting them. The practical guidebook Understanding and Exploring Behaviour and Feelings contains details of sessions that can be used by these trusted adults to support the development of good emotional health through the connection between feelings, thoughts and behaviour.

    Thoughtfully laid out to introduce emotional health and feelings as part of a comprehensive PSHE / RSE programme delivered by teachers and learning mentors, this unique book and resource pack also provides a progressive approach for professionals working in a more therapeutic way with individual children.

    This set contains:

    Ruby, Rafa and Riz – an illustrated storybook which helps children to explore and understand their inner emotional world and the crucial role that trusted adults have in supporting them.

    A Practical Resource for Understanding Behaviour and Emotions – this is for use with teachers, support staff and all those working directly with children. It contains details of sessions that can be used in individual, group or whole class settings covering the hidden nature of feelings and thoughts, the fact that behaviour is the bit on show, and how talking about feelings and thoughts can help to explain and understand behaviour.


    Liz Bates is an independent education consultant. She supports both primary and secondary schools in all aspects of Emotional Health and Wellbeing, and Safeguarding, including whole school approaches, training staff and delivering talks to parents. Liz is a Protective Behaviours Trainer, a Wellbeing Award Advisor for Optimus and a regular contributor at national conferences.

    "The 'Ruby, Rafa and Riz' story book and the 'Understanding behaviour and emotions' guide for teachers together provide a valuable resource for promoting children's healthy social and emotional development. In a warm and engaging way, teachers are encouraged to think about and explore with children the subtle links between their emotions, thoughts and behaviour. The relationship-based activities enable children to reflect on the challenges of their everyday family and school lives and develop strategies to manage them more positively.  All children can benefit from this approach, but troubled children in particular would benefit from the extra help and confidence that this theoretically driven but practical resource can offer, in order to enjoy learning, build positive relationships and fulfil their potential."

    Emeritus Professor Gillian Schofield, University of East Anglia, UK