1st Edition

A Place of My Own: A Thought Bubbles Picture Book About Safe Spaces

By Louise Jackson Copyright 2022
    32 Pages 22 Color Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Also available to purchase as part of the Thought Bubbles set, offering four stories and a practitioner guidebook [978-0-367-61274-0]

    Johan, Hana, Ratheena and Sami have found some magical wellington boots. When they put them on, they are transported to wonderful and comforting places, and even through time. Where will they take you?

    With growing concerns around mental health, and in the wake of a period of uncertainty and change, it is more important than ever to pay attention to how young children express their emotions and to teach them to articulate their thoughts in a healthy way. This beautifully illustrated picture book has been created to inspire conversations about safe spaces, helping practitioners assess a child’s mental health competency and helping the child visualise a place to which they can escape when they feel anxious and upset.

    When it comes to child and adolescent mental health issues, prevention and early intervention are key. The ‘serve and return’ format of this book provides a virtual space where children can explore thoughts and feelings and teaches them a coping mechanism that can be used in the future to escape negative thoughts.

    A Place of My Own


    Louise Jackson is a teacher, trainer and author who draws on her direct experience of working with children in schools to develop educational materials that are designed to promote participation, relationships and conversation. She has worked on ‘closing the gap’ projects with national charities, local authorities, schools, children’s centres and training organisations to address educational disadvantage, finding new ways to build capacity and resilience across early childhood services and local communities.

    Privileged to have worked alongside many inspirational teachers, practitioners and volunteers in educational settings where vulnerable children are thriving, Louise seeks to capture in her research and writing what it is that makes the difference for young children. Working in collaboration with illustrator Katie Waller, she has created a series of books and practical tools which will help local communities, parents, practitioners and teachers understand the valuable role they can all play in cultivating resilience in early childhood.