As Toni Morrison said, ‘If there’s a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it’.
We created the Moffles for children living with trauma & loss, because every child needs to see themselves reflected in the books that they read, especially when their early lives have been very hard.
Picture books can help children make sense of their lives, build self-esteem & find their place in the world. For children with relational trauma, stories that speak to them of their experiences create opportunities to safely explore difficult thoughts & feelings. They learn that their story matters & that they can share it & explore it with the caring adults around them.
Trauma is a great silencer & it creates shame. Children may not understand why they struggle to trust & they fight to be in control. They can believe that they were responsible for their hurt & that they are bad. We need to give them more stories that break the silence & create different meanings where they are not to blame. When we help our children to hold a kinder, more coherent narrative, they can learn, grow & recover.