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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Bailey beats the BLAH

Kids' Book Review is delighted to be part of the blog tour for Bailey Beats the BLAH, the latest book by Karen Tyrrell, author and advocate for children's mental health. Read on for advice on how to help kids develop a more positive attitude and leave a comment on this post to be in the running for some Bailey Beats the BLAH giveaways.

Bailey hates his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH! How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?

Bailey Beats the Blah is an empowering picture book to help kids overcome sad days and worry thoughts, boosting self-esteem, emotional awareness and action plans on how to lift a child’s mood. 

Bailey is aligned with the Kids Matter program on the National Education curriculum, and supported by Kids' Help Line.

How to help kids change their BLAH into Ha-Ha-Ha!
1. Really talk to your child. Find out how they're feeling. Encourage them to express their emotions and what’s on their mind.
2. Encourage your child to participate in daily exercise and sports out in the fresh air.
3. Find out what activities ‘switch your child on’. Encourage your child to participate.
4. Consider a pet so your child can develop responsibility and a nurturing spirit.
5. Read Bailey Beats the BLAH to your child, spring-boarding discussion on how to change their BLAH to Ha-Ha-Ha. Download teacher notes and children’s activities on Karen Tyrell's website.

Bailey Beats the BLAH is available from Amazon and KarenTyrrell.com

The winner of the Kids' Book Review giveaway for Bailey Beats the Blah has been selected. Congratuations Penny Reeve. You have won a copy of Bailey Beats the Blah. Please email Susan at susan(AT)kids-bookreview(dot)com. If no contact is made within 48 hours, a new comment will be selected.

Comments made on this post will continue to go into the draw for the Bailey Beats the Blah blog tour giveaway organised by Karen Tyrell. Entries for that giveaway close 11.59pm Tuesday19th November 2013.

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Join Karen on her Bailey Beats the BLAH blog tour by visiting the following websites:

3rd Nov   Creative Kids' Tales
4th Nov    Boomerang Books Blog with Dimity Powell
5th Nov    Writing for Children by Di Bates
6th Nov    Kids' Book Review (that's us!) 
7th Nov    Robin Adolphs
8th Nov    Charmaine Clancy
9th Nov    Dream Big ... Read Often by Melissa Wray
10th Nov  Claire Ever After
11th Nov  SquiggleMum
12th Nov  Nicky Johnston
13th Nov  e-Quipped
14th Nov  Jill Writes
15th Nov  Bipolar Burble
16th Nov  Bug in a Book
17th Nov  Write Away with Me
18th Nov  Under the Apple Tree by Angela Sunde


  1. Thanks Kids Book Review for hosting this leg of my Blog Tour.
    I invite your readers to leave a comment or ask a question about Bailey Beats the Blah. I'll be online to answer them.
    WIN a signed copy ... Karen :)

  2. Congratulations, Karen--wishing you every success on tour! x

  3. Many thanks Tania for your warm support of Bailey Beats the Blah and child mental health ...

    Karen :)

  4. A book about resilience skills, self-esteem and self-respect: I can't imagine anyone more appropriate to write such a book! You have overcome a great deal in your own life and have shared your resilience with the world! Now..you've written a book, Bailey Beats the Blah, which offers parents and teachers the opportunity to help children increase their self esteem and learn to respect themselves; which in turn will enable them to learn to respect others as well. The "real" world is difficult enough for kids these days and peer pressures have only risen. It's so important that children are raised to learn to love themselves, first and foremost. Thank you for writing this book Karen!

  5. Thanks so Shannon for leaving your very generous comment here. Good luck in the giveaway. Hope you'll leave your comments on other reviews & interviews as well.... Karen :)

  6. Some great pointers there, thanks for sharing! Keep going Karen :)

    1. Thanks Stacey for following the Bailey Beats the Blah Blog tour.
      Hope to see you tomorrow ... Karen :)

  7. A worthwhile book for both kids and parents. Congratulations, Karen

    1. Thanks Janice you are the first to hastag that prize. Good luck :)

  8. Karen is such an inspiration and her heartfelt book will no doubt benefit so many. Karen is a shining example of passion, overcoming adversity, helping others and not only finding your light at the end of any tunnel you might face but sharing your light with others too.

  9. Thanks so much Rebecca for those very kind supportive words ... Karen :)

  10. I love that through your expression children are offered the opportunity to acknowledge theirs and in doing so, stigma surrounding mental health is morphed into understanding. Beautiful Brave Inspirationalist!

    1. Thanks Elysium for your incredible support and kind words. Good luck in the giveaway... Karen :)

  11. I always appreciate books that highlight issues. I love the sound of "Bailey Beats the Blah".

    1. Hi Mary, Thanks so much for your positive support. So many kids out their are struggling with stress, sad days and worry thoughts. Bailey will give them the boost they need. Please check out my FREE teacher notes and free activities on www.karentyrrell.com ... Karen :)

  12. Congrats Karen on tackling such a tough issue kids face

  13. Such an important issue. I know anxiety can feel overwhelming as an adult, and in my children I can see the evidence of trapped thinking patterns that need braking. Sometimes adult language is hard to manage for children and a book like this would offer helpful bridges to open the conversations and beat the encroaching BLAH.
    Sounds like a really helpful book.

    1. Hi Penny, nice to meet you. I Childhood anxiety is MORE common than most people are willing to admit. Thats why I'm on a mission to help prevention these issues before they escalate... Karen :)

  14. Hi Jacqueline,
    You're right! too many kids are experiencing worry thoughts, sad days and tummy aches. Please check out the FREE teacher notes and kids activities on my website www.karentyrrell.com ... Karen :)


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