Sunny Side Up
By Author / Illustrator
Clare Helen Welsh, Ana Sanfelippo
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Little Tiger Press Group
A CBT-inspired novelty book by Clare Helen Welsh, accompanied by beautiful, nuanced illustrations from Ana Sanfelippo. Enjoy these Sunny Side Up Activities.
'When you change the way you look at the world, the world you look at changes'. When you put on your sunny-side specs a bad mood can become a good mood, a goodbye can become a hello, and even the impossible can become possible! But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the sunny side seems far away. And that's OK. Sunny things will be there to discover whenever you are ready.
This warm and innovative novelty book uses die-cuts and flaps to transform the world around us, illustrating the power and impact that reframing your thoughts can have. Just like Happy by Nicola Edwards and Katie Hickey, The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas and The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton, Sunny Side Up is the ideal book for exploring difficult emotions.
Clare Helen Welsh reads from Sunny Side Up
Sunny Side Up is a gorgeous book with hidden delights and expanding surprises. This book explores wellbeing and supports feelings and emotions in a positive way. The beautiful illustrations follow the main character as they put on their sunny side specs to see the world in a positive way and deal with their sad, worried or scary moments in life.
This book has lots of important messages from looking after our oceans and working together to accepting that sometimes we will have sad times and that that is normal, too. Sunny Side Up is a powerful book to use in PSHE lessons with young children. Year 2 (ages 6+) loved the book and the SUNNY SIDE UP glasses, too! Thank you Clare and Ana for this great book!
Picture book / Reviewed by Maria, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 5+
In a climate where mental health and talking about you feelings is in the forefront of everything that we do, this wonderfully written story is the perfect way to start the discussion with children from a very young age.
In Sunny Side Up we learn that when you change the way you look at the world, the world you look at changes; when you put on your 'sunny-side' specs, a bad mood can become a good mood, a goodbye can become a hello, and even the impossible can become possible! But sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the sunny side seems far away. And that's OK. Sunny things will be there to discover whenever you are ready.
This brilliantly written, colourful story has die-cuts and flaps to transform the world around us, illustrating how reframing your thoughts can have an incredible impact. I cannot praise the author and the team enough for their sensitive approach to this difficult topic.
There are so many ways in which you could use this book in the classroom and from Clare's website, you will see that she has already worked in conjunction with schools, enabling children to create their very own 'sunny side ' glasses. Discussions about it being ok to feel the way that you do, and the value of strategies to manage them when you need to, cannot be underestimated.
Picture book / Reviewed by Amanda Shipton, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+