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In the lead up to Flinn starting school this month I bought him a couple of children’s books that help with the fear and uncertainty of starting school as well as behaviour in general. I have always questioned if or how these kinds of books help but after a particularly bad tantrum one day thought they were definitely worth giving a go.
The books on child behaviour I bought were actually ones I found in Aldi. At first, I just bought 3 but Flinn enjoys them all so much I bought the remaining 3 in the series. I would even put these as some of his favourite storybooks ever as they are some of the few books Flinn actually sits still and listens too!
This series of books on child behaviour is called Behaviour Matters! and is written by Sue Graves. Sue is a qualified teacher in primary education and has had over 200 books published. The stories are set around a group of animals that all go to school together. Flinn loves how the books feature characters from each of the other stories. Each book and animal focuses on different behaviours and is written in the form of a story that can lead to a discussion if you and your child want to. At the moment Flinn and I just read the story and leave it at that however at the end of the book are some notes that give you some ideas on how to talk further to your child about the story and it’s key messages.
One of the reasons Flinn and I haven’t talked more about each story yet is that I immediately saw the positive effect the book was having on his behaviour, in particular with his tantrums. He could really relate to one particular story as the trigger to the Tigers tantrums are very similar to his own. In the story, his friends get scared when his tantrums start and I think this encouraged Flinn to think about how his tantrums affect the rest of the household.
The books also address ways to “fix” the behaviour or perhaps offer alternatives and also ways to help any of their friends who might be experiencing similar difficulties. Another one of the books that Flinn particularly enjoyed, especially in the lead up to starting school was Lion’s In A Flap – A Book About Feeling Worried” in this one Lion and his friends are going on a school trip and he is getting himself all worked up about all the little things that could go wrong such as the bus breaking down or it pouring with rain all day. The teacher, Mrs Bird, helps him work through his concerns and enables Lion to have a fun day out instead!
Another plus to these books is that they can be used for reading practice as they get older – they fall under Band 6: Orange level.
the child behaviour books in the series we have are…
Hippo Owns Up– A book about telling the truth
Tiger Has A Tantrum – A book about feeling angry – this is Flinn’s favourite and thank goodness because it’s the one the feisty little munchkin needs the most!!
Monkey Needs To Listen – A book about paying attention
Giraffe Is Left Out – A book about feeling bullied
Lions In A Flap – A book about feeling worried
Elephant Learns To Share – A book about Sharing
While writing this post I discovered that there are some new books added to the series which I will look at getting for Flinn. These are:
Cheetah Learns To Play Nicely – A book about being a good sport
Croc Needs To Wait – A book about Patience
Rhino Learns To Be Polite – A book about good manners
Turtle Comes Out Of Her Shell – A book about being shy
I also saw that Sue Graves has written another series of books on child behaviour, these are:
I Didn’t Do It – A book about telling the truth
I Hate Everything -A book about feeling angry – will probably look to get this for Flinn
But Why Can’t I? – A book about rules – yeah, Flinn could probably benefit from this one too!
Take A Deep Breath – A book about feeling brave
I’m Not Happy – A book about feeling sad.
But What If? – A book about feeling worried
Who Feels Scared? – A book about feeling afraid
Not Fair, Won’t Share – A book about sharing
I Don’t Want To Play Nicely – A Book about being Kind
I Want To Win – A book about being a good sport