Author Nadiya Hussain is writing a picture book for children about anxiety. Titled My Monster and Me, the book is about a child with anxiety who is represented by a monster. Ella Bailey will be illustrating Hussain’s debut picture book.
Hussain told, “I have lived with my ‘monster’ for as long as I can remember, although it is only as an adult that I have learned to identify the anxiety attacks for what they are and to find coping mechanisms. I remember feeling worried as a child, about everyday things, but not knowing what it was I was feeling or how to talk about it.
“It’s heartening to see mental health being talked about more openly; we need to find ways to help young children talk about their worries. I sincerely hope that My Monster and Me will help children and the adults who live and work with them to talk about anxiety together. I feel strongly that children of all ages should be encouraged to talk about their feelings, particularly when it comes to anxiety.”
The book will be published by Hachette Children’s Group.