Annie Sparkle’s Incredible Butterfly Day

A fun and engaging way to help foster kids understand trauma

Annie Sparkle’s Incredible Butterfly Day

A fun and engaging way to help foster kids understand trauma

Annie Sparkle’s Incredible Butterfly Day is a magic-filled story about a girl in foster care who struggles to keep her emotions under control after a tough day at school.

When the wobbly feelings start, Annie can’t stop stomping, stamping and slamming doors. Can her best friend, a magical teddy bear, help Annie get her sparkle back?

With Bear’s help, Annie doesn’t just learn about the effects of trauma and why she reacts differently to other children, but she also acquires techniques to help her control her emotional world. Through engaging with the story, looked-after young people will also learn these useful techniques.

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How to use Annie Sparkle to help your young person

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This book has been written specifically to help foster carers and parents support young people in foster care to make sense of their childhood experiences and trauma, and to empower those young people to control their emotional world.

Young people who have experienced trauma may not understand why they respond differently in some situations than other young people. With this book, we hope not only to explain what these “wobbly feelings” are and where they come from, but to give young people some tools to help control their emotional world.

This book is underpinned by research into childhood trauma and techniques to aid recovery. A guide for foster carers, guardians and parents is included alongside the book, to help you understand and put into use some of the techniques explored in Annie Sparkle.

About the authors and book

Annie Sparkle’s Incredible Butterfly Day was written by Linda Hill MA, BSc, DipSW, PGDip, founder and director of Croydon-based Lika Family Fostering, and Dan Hatch, a journalist, writer and founder of content marketing agency Typeset. The book is illustrated by Rachel Smith.

Linda said the book was developed because “every day we see young people who have experienced trauma and who don’t understand why they respond differently to other young people in certain situations”.

“We wanted to create a resource not only to explain what these feelings are and where they come from, but to give young people some tools to help control them.

“It was really important to us to do this in a format we knew children would love, so we created a children’s book filled with wonderful, colourful illustrations, a magical teddy bear, and lots of silly jokes.”

Lika Family Fostering is a therapeutic foster care agency which practices systemic family therapy techniques in the care of young people across London.

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