I think I can’t sleep
I have always wanted to help children gain skills that support their mental health. Teaching to notice and manage thoughts seemed important since rumination and negative thinking play an important role in common issues like anxiety and depression.
In “I Think I Can’t Sleep” it is the eve of Adam’s birthday and he just cannot sleep. He is thinking about balloons, presents and even pirates, and those thoughts just won’t go away! He tries multiple strategies like counting sheep and ORDERING himself to stop thinking, but nothing works. He finally calls his mum who suggests he pays attention to his body to settle his mind.
The book gives a glimpse into the, sometimes chaotic, world of thoughts and offers a way to manage it. It is a humorous but also an educational story, encouraging children to consider whether thoughts are always true, how they make us feel, and whether they are always helpful. This book encourages the development of metacognition – an ability to observe one’s thoughts.
It is a beautifully illustrated book that should be on every child’s bookshelf.