Author: Sonia Mainstone-Cotton / Illustrated by Jon Birch
Bipolar disorder affects thousands of people in the UK, and many of them are parents. Sophie and Katie’s Mummy is one of them.
Discover some of the highs and lows of having a Mummy with Bipolar from a child’s perspective, in this gentle and thought provoking story of family life.
“My Mum has bipolar, I grew up knowing that sometimes she was very ill, but I didn’t know that other Mums were like that. I didn’t understand about her illness but I did notice that some of her family didn’t like to talk about it. When I had my own children I wanted them to understand about Granny’s illness, and understand that they didn’t need to be scared – that sometimes she would be unwell and other times she would be fine. I wanted to use books with my own children to help them learn about Bipolar but I was unable to find any books that were suitable for my daughters when they were young. This is why I have written the book Mummy has Bipolar. To help families and professionals explain and talk about Bipolar. To help young children begin to understand about the illness, that it is nothing to be afraid of and they can talk about it.”
- Paperback: 27 pages
- Publisher: JONSON publishing (2016)
- ISBN-10: 0995687404
- ISBN-13: 978-0995687400
Now available as a short animation and makes the story into a free resource which can be easily accessed and shared.
About the Author
Sonia worked for a UK national children’s charity for 20 years. During this time she managed participation work for a local authority, managed Gypsy and Traveller play work and led on participation training across the country. Her background is in early years, she started out with an NNEB and then went on to achieve a BA honours in Early Childhood Studies and an MA in Early Years Education.
Sonia has a wide range of experience working with children and young people across the ages; from working closely with nurseries and children’s centres advising them on their practice to working with older teenagers around issues of mental health.
Since 2014 Sonia has been a freelance trainer and consultant and a nurture support worker with young children transitioning into school.
I just wanted to say what a great book this is, on a sensitive subject. The story length is just right and it is explained in a calm and sensitive manner. I would highly recommend this book for all. Thanks for addressing this subject and an area that many children have to deal with throughout their childhood and,while raising awareness of mental health and trying to break the barriers. Wendy Baker, Early Years Consultant
This little book is really well composed to make it appropriate for children who need help in understanding this difficult situation. The language is clear without being at all condescending. The narrator’s voice is direct and sensitive, simply clarifying these complex matters. The level of reading skill required is accessibly well within the range of most children in junior school as well as for children who would need to have the book read to them. The action of the story is as well paced as in any good children’s book. The graphics are similarly clear, warm and reassuring. I’m sure this book will provide a real help to many children and adults. David (Amazon Review)
This is a beautiful book that explains bipolar in a very accessible way for children. It is realistic but reassuring, explaining the different moods that someone with bipolar might go through, while clearly communicating the love a parent with bipolar has for their children. This book is an excellent conversation starter to use with children. The author’s expertise in working with children is very evident and the illustrations are fantastic. Highly recommended. Jenny Baker (Amazon Review)