Book People: Shona Innes
I’m so peased to be a part of the blog tour for ‘The Big Hug’ series by Shona Innes, published by Five Mile Press. I’m a big fan of books for children which deal with the big issues for young people such as grief, marriage breakdown, disability, illness, allergies, friendship issues and adoption. Children need to see their lives reflected in literature – to know they are not alone and to know they are understood. Books which deal with ‘issues’ give children the vocubularly to help them articulate how they might be feeling and the strategies to deal with a tricky situation.
Author, Shona Innes, is a practicing child psychologist and her first two books in ‘The Big Hug’ series deal with grief in ‘Life is Like the Wind’ and navigatigating friendships in ‘Friendship is like a Seesaw’. The language in each of the books is spot on and the stories are engaging and appealing to young children. The illustrations by Irisz Agocs are full of movement and light and help to keep the heavy subject matter at an age appropriate level. I would highly recommend these books for every home, school and library collection as you just never ever know when they may be needed. ‘Life is Like the Wind’ is a beautiful story about grief and loss and has been much read in our household and I’ve just purchased a copy for two divine little girls in my life who very much need this big hug of a book.
Shona, I so enjoyed reading your responses to my ten questions – you are clearly passionate about what you do and I’m so pleased you are now sharing your work with a wider audience through your books. Thank you for joining me here today! Megan.