Author(s): Avril McDonald
Feel Brave aims to help transform education with the help of creative storytelling. The series is designed to help children explore emotional intelligence, positive psychology and some of the real-life issues which they might face - such as bullying, anxiety, bereavement, friendships and worries - in an engaging, creative, and non-threatening way. Feel Brave broadly supports the personal, social and emotional development (PSED) objectives in the national curriculum, and the teaching guide offers plenty of ready-to-use lesson ideas, meaning this series is not just great independent reading for children, it is ideal for use in the classroom. Suitable for 4- to 7-year-olds.
Avril McDonald has a Diploma of Education from Wellington College of Education, New Zealand, where she trained as a primary school teacher majoring in music and dance. She has had a varied career in digital entertainment. She launched Feel Brave to help teachers and parents find solutions to help children learn to deal with their emotions and to reach their potential. Illustrated by Tatiana Minina who is a Massachusetts based visual artist and illustrator. She studied art in Vladikavkaz, Russia. Her full-time artistic career started in 2010 after she relocated to the United States. Tatiana works in watercolour, acrylic, oil, ink, pencil and digital media. She specialises in illustrating children's books.