Illustrated by Lou from Totally Innocent, Love Your Brain is an informative, and light-hearted children’s text narrated by Little Brainiac – a likeable children’s character – about the importance of looking after and understanding our unique brains. Love Your Brain empowers parents to talk to their children about the importance of understanding their own brains, encouraging brain care and ultimately learning how this impacts on their emotions and behaviour.
Little Brainiac begins our story by reminding children that their brains are amazing, but they must be taken care of like other parts of our bodies and loved much the way you love your mum, dad, or siblings – the narrator makes an emotional connection here that the young audience will understand. The narrator highlights that when you “love your brain it will love you back”, by helping children to understand the importance of brain care and how it helps them to feel better in their whole bodies.
As a child herself, Little Brainiac reassures her junior audience that while they’re young, their parents or caregivers will help them look after their brain, but as they grow older, they must take some responsibility too. They must become Brain Managers, just like her.
Love Your Brain empowers not only parents but also children, as it emphasises the naming of emotions, and most importantly, how to handle them. The book continues with the narrator giving the children some ideas about how to care for their brain: Get lots of sleep, eat lots of healthy food, drink water, listen to music, give your brain a break by using meditation and mindfulness, and say kind things to your brain because doing this helps to reinforce a positive growth mindset and attitude.
Love Your Brain is a book that encourages calm and emotionally connected parenting and the strengthening of relationships for all families, including those with neurodiverse children.
Author Chrissie Davies is a Child Behaviour expert with over twenty years of experience in advocating for and understanding children with challenging behaviours. She says, ‘When we truly understand that children don’t see the world in the same way as adults, and we teach them how to keep their brains happy and healthy, we understand that this is really the most important parenting tool we will ever need.’ By writing this book, Chrissie hopes that parents and children understand their behaviour more positively, and discover how to become brain builders, together.
Love your brain is a book aimed at children aged 5-12 years.