Featuring our beloved characters from the ECSELent Adventures program, Hemmy and Shemmy invite all friends to learn, grow, and develop as they process and explore the world of big emotions. This book series aims to support young children’s mental health through storytelling about complex topics.
Book #1: Gilly and the Garden – a book about grief, loss and death
Book #2: Theo’s Deliciously Different Dumplings – a book about diversity, inclusion and bullying
Book #3: The Ottersons’ Eruption – a book about anger management
Book #4: Riley’s Really Big Worries – a book about worry, fear, illness and anxiety management
WHAT READERS CAN EXPECT
- Trauma-Informed Narratives to help children and caregivers explore challenging topics and feelings
- Reader Tips & Guided Questions in each book to help all caregivers use ECSEL language to support children’s development of emotional intelligence skills
- Children’s Mental Health & Well-Being at the heart of every story to promote important skills like self-regulation, empathy, and problem-solving
- A Home-School Bridge that guides both educators and families in using consistent strategies to support children in their care
“Parents can use the ECSELent Adventures Book Series as a tool to discuss difficult topics with their kids in positive and age-appropriate ways.”
– The New York Post
Dr. Donna Housman has spent her professional career in the world of early childhood development and education. Believing that it is far easier to prevent than repair, Dr. Housman founded Housman Institute, along with its lab school and early childhood development center, based on emotional foundations of learning and cognition and informed by research in neuroscience, child development, and early education. Seizing the opportunity to inform the architecture of the brain in the earliest years, her Emotional, Cognitive, and Social Early Learning (ECSEL) approach promotes healthy brain development and a positive sense of self by fostering the building blocks of emotional intelligence starting from birth.
Dr. Housman has trained thousands of early childhood educators, children, and families in her ECSEL approach while being a consistent source of vital counsel and guidance for families and educators on young children’s social and emotional development.