Empowering Resources are a publishing company that focus on producing books that are able to educate, empower, and nurture young readers.
They touch on real issues that children and their families are faced with, including challenging and sensitive matters.
Their stories are great for encouraging conversations with your young reader.
Today, I share with you the titles that are currently available through Empowering Resources:
Elliott's Rainbow Heart by Laura Wallbridge
Elliott is a chameleon that only likes to eat blue things. But one day, when he spots a beautiful peacock with a rainbow heart in the tropical rainforest, he strives for something more than blue.
The detailed illustrations are vibrant, and compliment the story well.
This book is ideal for those that struggle with new experiences, and challenges them to have a go.
Free by Aleesah Darlison
Flynn is a young boy who is confined to a wheelchair.
One day, when he visits the park with his mum, he notices everyone else having a great time, and it saddens him that he can't play along with them.
But then he spots a bird, weightless and free, and he longs to be the same as the bird.
This is a deeply sensitive story that will inspire others to look beyond the current struggles they face, and live in hope for their own greatness.
My Super Special Granny by Jedidah Morley
Amelia Arbuckle shares a very special bond with her grandmother, but in a fortnight, she will be moving away and she knows that she is going to miss her granny so much.
So Amelia spends every day in the lead up to the move, with her granny.
Together, they have some amazing adventures and shares lots of happiness and laughs.
This book focuses on the special relationships that grandparents can have with their grandchildren, and the love they have for one another.
Marshmallow Dreamers by Naomi Hunter
Marshmallow Dreamers explores how identical twins, Max and Marli, use their fearlessness to scare off their frightful dreams.
The twins love to play together, creating imaginary worlds where they ride on their unicorns side by side.
But they don't enjoy going to bed as they have scary dreams.
Together, they come up with a way to rid their night times of scary creatures.
Marshmallow Dreamers may be helpful for those with children who suffer with nightmares and/or night terrors.
Where's Bear? by Sarah Elliott Smyth
Sophie is a young girl who enjoys playing with her best friend, Bear.
But one day, Bear goes missing!
Sophie has to work up the courage to find Bear, but the Shadow Monster is lurking, and making it difficult for Sophie..
This book encourages young ones to be brave and to try their best to face their fears, even if they are frightened.
Finding Heaven by Naomi Hunter
Written based on the author's own personal experience after sadly losing her brother when he was aged just 6 years old, Finding Heaven is a story that reassures those that have lost someone in their lives that they are never lost or truly gone away.
Instead, they continue to live on in us.
This book is a really beautiful story; Summer is a young girl who wants to find Heaven after losing her brother. It is very emotional and touched my heart, especially as I too lost a brother at a young age.
Even Mummy Cries by Naomi Hunter
Even Mummy Cries is a great book to show children that parents also experience sadness and bad days, and it reassures the child that they aren't responsible for these moments. It reinforces unconditional love and gently explains that everyone goes through tough times.
A Secret Safe To Tell by Naomi Hunter
A Secret Safe To Tell encourages children to share any confusing or hurtful feelings that they may be going through.
It centres around a young girl who has been mistreated by an older male. She is initially afraid to discuss her feelings with anyone, but eventually confides in someone she trusts, and by opening up and sharing her secret, she begins to heal.
Just Like Molly by Pippa Dowling
Just Like Molly is a very sweet story about a little girl who has an imaginary friend named Molly. They play together, and spend a lot of time together. But one day, Molly is nowhere to be found, and the little girl is devastated. But she soon discovers that there are other friends she can play with - all it takes is a bit of courage.
You're Different Jemima! by Jedidah Morley
Jemima is loud, and she loves to dance and sing. But her classmates and teacher think that she is 'too different'. Then one day, a substitute teacher named Mrs Chuckles comes to teach Jemima's class, and she helps Jemima discover that her differences are what make her so special.
This picture book celebrates every child's individuality and makes them feel special about the differences they have to others.
The Blobs by Christian der Kinderen
Bill, Betty and Bobo Bloomington survive on blueberries, and when they can no longer grow them on their land, they make the decision to leave.
But when they arrive on an island, they notice that the inhabitants are yellow!
They aren't used to mixing with other colours, so can they learn to get along and become a happy, safe community?
Running From The Tiger by Aleesah Darlison
When 11 year-old Ebony meets Teena, they become friends and over time, they learn how to trust each other with their darkest secrets. This story focuses on friendship and trust, with themes of domestic violence and courage entwined throughout, and demonstrates the importance of having somebody to confide in.
Many thanks to Naomi from Empowering Resources for providing me with copies of the books to feature here.
For further information on these titles, head to: http://www.empoweringresources.com.au/