Teacher’s book aims to dis­pel night­mares

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - Yourviews -

NI G H T M A R E S, night ter­rors, dis­turbed sleep and dis­rup­tive bedtimes could be a thing of the past thanks to a new chil­dren’s book by a for­mer Widnes wo­man.

Pri­mary school teacher and au­thor Gemma May Evans has used over a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing with chil­dren and young peo­ple to cre­ate In Your Dreams which has launched on Ama­zon.

Gemma, who is now based in Hoole, Ch­ester, has worked to cre­ate a rhyming story us­ing pos­i­tive and imag­i­na­tive word­ing along­side spe­cially com­mis­sioned il­lus­tra­tions from artist Rachel Baines.

Now a spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs teacher, Gemma once worked in chil­dren’s homes and saw first-hand the im­pact of how good bed­time rou­tines and pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive thoughts can set­tle chil­dren’s minds and im­prove sleep.

She has also seen how poor sleep can af­fect chil­dren’s per­for­mance and at­ten­tion at school and wanted to set about chang­ing that for good.

Mum-of-one Gemma, 35, said: “Sleep is so im­por­tant for chil­dren, but also for par­ents; no one wants their child dis­tressed at night.

“Set­ting the right cog­ni­tive thoughts and pos­i­tive emo­tions, just be­fore your lit­tle ones close their eyes is so im­por­tant and that’s ex­actly why In Your Dreams was brought to life.

“The rep­e­ti­tion of read- ● Olivia & Smith owner Kerry Smith with au­thor of In Your Dreams, Gemma May Evans ing it as part of a bath, book and bed ev­ery night is great for set­ting that all im­por­tant rou­tine and giv­ing chil­dren and par­ents a good nights sleep.

“The com­bi­na­tion of words, im­agery and colours re­ally help to bring the story to life and set the right tone.”

Since its launch on Ama­zon it has risen to the top 200 nurs­ery rhyme books (108 out of 172,259) and is win­ning ap­plause from par­ents, teacher and car­ers alike. It has been par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar among par­ents of tod­dlers dur­ing sleep re­gres­sions and chil­dren at school age tran­si­tion­ing through classes and peer groups.

Chil­dren are also en­cour­aged to use the draw­ing pages in­cluded at the back of the book to il­lus­trate their own dreams too.

Gemma, who is orig­i­nally from Widnes, added: “Par­ents tell me they love the thought-pro­vok­ing ques­tion at the end and en­joy shar­ing a spe­cial con­ver­sa­tion with their chil­dren just be­fore sleep.

“I re­ally want this book makes a dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives and that even­tu­ally, the word will spread far enough that night­mares for chil­dren across the coun­try (and the world) will be a thing of the past.”

To buy In Your Dreams by Gemma May Evans, for £5.99, go to Ama­zon or visit Olivia and Smith, on Faulkner Street, Hoole.

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