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Book of the Week: My Monster and Me

By Pathways

Written by Nadiya Hussain , illustrated by Ella Bailey, published by Hachette Children’s Group

The book tells the story of a little boy who lives with a big, scary Monster. The Monster doesn’t let him sleep, tells him what to wear and even stops him from playing with his friends. But over time, the boy befriends the frightening creature and makes peace with having his very own Monster.

Inspired by Nadiya Hussain’s experience of living with panic disorder, My Monster and Me captures the feeling of going through childhood with anxiety. The book’s simple text and bright pictures makes a frightening and difficult topic like mental health easy to understand for young readers.

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