Today it is my pleasure to introduce you to Australian author and illustrator Josh Langley who advocates for children’s mental health, including developing their self-esteem, friendship skills and creativity through his books and online course. These topics are close to my heart and regularly appear in our readilearn posts and feature in our teaching resources.
With next Wednesday 21 April being World Creativity and Innovation Day, I thought now was the perfect time to share with you Josh’s recent post Why It’s More Important Than Ever to Let Kids Daydream.
First let me tell you a little about Josh.
Josh is author of the award winning ‘Being You is Enough’ books series for kids and promotes positive mental and emotional health messages for kids through his books, presentations, primary school talks, videos, charity work and courses, like ‘Here I am!’.
“After suffering childhood trauma, I feel driven to make sure kids don’t ever have to feel like I did. That’s why I want to give them the emotional and mental skills to be resilient to what is thrown at them and the inner knowing that they are ok the way they are. And the only way I can do that is in my own fun and unique way! Thankfully parents and kids love it.”
About Josh’s Books
The Being You is Enough series of books for 4– to 11–year-olds can help reduce anxiety, stress and feelings of isolation in kids and are filled with life affirming messages that your child can take with them through to adulthood. It’s ok to Feel the Way You Do, won the 2018 ABIA Small Publisher’s Children’s Book of the year.
About Josh’s online course
Here I am! is a video-based course to help build resilience, courage, and self-acceptance in children, and gives them the life skills to thrive now and into the future.
Josh’s Guest Post
Here is Josh’s post which first appeared on his blog here and is shared with his permission. Thank you, Josh, for all you do to encourage all that is positive in our children.
WHY IT’S MORE IMPORTANT THAN EVER TO LET KIDS DAYDREAM
When I was a kid, daydreaming was almost a punishable offence.
“STOP WASTING TIME, PAY ATTENTION, SIT UP STRAIGHT! LEARN TO SPELL, LEARN TO COUNT – YOU’LL NEVER GET ANYWHERE IN LIFE IF YOU’RE OFF WITH THE FAIRIES!!”
But now we realise how important daydreaming and imagination are in helping to problem solve and think creatively. While I may not have been academically gifted, using my imagination has helped me create a life that I’m thoroughly enjoying living.
When I tell kids, I get paid to stare out the window and come up with ideas, they don’t believe me, but it’s true and I want every kid to know they can do the same and how important using their imagination is.
- Everything that’s being invented or created has started out in someone’s imagination.
- That includes scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, great ideas, philosophies, works of art, books, TV shows and computer games.
- We teach empathy by imaging what it would be like in someone else’s situation.
- It’s in our imagination we can start to create what kind of life we’d like to live.
When we allow space for kids to daydream and give them permission to follow their ideas, they have a skill set that they can carry with them through life. And it’ll also help them thrive in a fast-changing future where AI and machine learning will kill off many white and blue collar jobs.
That’s why I made imagination and creativity a big part of the ‘Here I am!’ course, showing kids that life isn’t all about tests, scores, assessments and winning and losing. It’s about equipping them with useful skills to make their life really awesome right now and into the future.
Thank you, Josh, for sharing these inspiring thoughts with us. I look forward to discussing your books and your course in more depth in the future.
Find out more about Josh Langley
On his website: www.joshlangley.com.au
Follow his blog for more interesting and informative posts www.joshlangley.com.au/blog/
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Josh’s books (and fun merchandise) can be purchased from his shop as well as from online bookstores and other good bookstores everywhere.
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