Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
I used this book as part of a transition session. In the story, Ruby has a worry and she lets it grow until it’s getting in the way of the things she wants to do.
The visual representation of a worry helped the children to open up and discuss their own worries – almost as if it was separate to them. We each drew our worries in the style of the illustration and shared what our worry was about the new class. I joined in and said that my worry was remembering everyone’s name. The compassion from the children was adorable. As everyone shared their worry (not knowing where things are, tricky work etc), the rest of the class reassured that they were there to help.
By the end of the session, we had cleared up most of the concerns and the class had bonded. The power of books!