Original illustrations by Ashington teenager bring children’s book to life with vital mental health message
A Northumberland teenager will see her artwork printed for the very first time in a book aimed at giving young children a better understanding of their mental health.
Preparing to sit her GCSEs in the aftermath of two difficult pandemic-scarred years, Georgia Hutchinson, from Ashington, knows a lot about worry and anxiety. That’s why when academic learning mentor and mindfulness instructor Holly Taylor approached her to illustrate a storybook designed to equip young people with the tools to deal with emotional challenges, she was so eager to help. to help.
Holly, 37, from Whitley Bay, was inspired to write the book by the 2020 birth of her daughter Imogen, whose namesake stars in her book ‘The Magic Inside of Me, featuring Imogen and the monkeys spirit”. It aims to equip children aged three to seven with simple mindfulness techniques and insights into mental well-being, through the story of a young girl learning to deal with annoying ‘monkeys’ who stir up trouble. in his mind.
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Holly said: “I looked at my daughter and thought I wanted to create a world where children know there are worries and difficulties, but also know they can talk about them. The book gives them lets realize they have the magic inside to cope with those big emotions and worries.
“Hopefully when Imogen is old enough to figure it out, she’ll be really thrilled. She’s a sweet, caring little girl and very empathetic for her age, so I think she’ll love it.”
Holly discovered Georgia through a local online business forum where the teenager was promoting her small business, which sells cards, calendars and other stationery featuring her designs, which are often centered on uplifting and positive ideas.
Georgia said: “I still can’t believe I illustrated a children’s book that got published. I’ve always loved books and to be able to illustrate one that will help young children with their worries is amazing. When I started my little business making hand-drawn cards when I was 14 I never thought I would grow my business and qualify as a book illustrator two years later. late.
“After starting my hand-drawn card business, I wanted to experiment with different drawing styles and taught myself how to create digital illustrations last summer. Within weeks, I had created a calendar of positivity desk, notebooks, bookmarks and uplifting postcards using my own colorful digital designs.
“Holly and I met at the Northern Lass Lounge, an amazing community of mutually supportive businesswomen and she thought my whimsical art style would be perfect to bring her story to life. I was amazed when Holly m asked to bring his book to life.
“Holly shared her story with me and some initial ideas for images and I created the illustrations. It was fun working together and an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much over the past few months and can’t wait to spend the time to do more illustrations when I’m done with my exams.”
Holly, who has more mental health-themed storybooks ‘in the works’, said she was particularly thrilled to work with the young illustrator to show other young people that they can achieve their dreams. whatever their age. Meanwhile, Georgia was thrilled that her first picture book could make a real difference to her readers.
The King Edward VI school pupil said: “I know all about worry and anxiety, especially the minute I take my GCSE exams and want to support Holly’s mission to help children find the magic within to cope with their feelings. If we can show them how to cope when they’re young, it will help them so much that they will grow.”