Hey Awesome


by Karen Young

for ages 5-12 (and up)

Item No: 8828

If kids with anxiety could see themselves the way we see them, they would feel so much bigger than their anxiety. They would feel so much bigger than everything. ‘Hey Awesome’ explains how the same brain that can make them feel anxious sometimes, also comes with amazing strengths. It also includes powerful tips for children on how they can manage their anxiety. First we let them know how awesome they are, then we give them what they need to feel it for themselves.

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Reviews – What people say about this book

“This is a wonderful book – full of warmth and empathy for the difficult journeys that some people are on. My 7yo daughter loves it. She now keeps talking about her amygdala expertly. Thanks!”   Kerstin  January 30, 2021

“I love these books! What awesome resources. They are so on point and the pictures are welcoming for children of all ages”. Rated 5 out of 5 by Raelyn A.  January 21, 2021

“Another great book! Such a great way to explain anxiety to kids and making them feel brave and proud of themselves. It inspires them to continue showing their strength in ways that they can understand”. Rated 5 out of 5 by Lina January 20, 2021

“I absolutely love this book. What I love about it the most(apart from the light humorous touches and fun illustrations) is how it reframes anxiety and speaks to the positive traits associated with having anxiety. It’s an important message“.  Natalie C January 11, 2021

“Bought this for my 12 year old autistic daughter who really struggles with life…. We read it together and even I felt uplifted! Such a wonderful resource, so glad I purchased a copy”. Rated 5 out of 5 by Jo  December 7, 2020

“Love it! Such a great way to explain anxiety and reframe the way it is viewed and even felt”. Rated 5 out of 5 by Lisa  October 31, 2020

“This is such a positively framed book, with insight into anxiety and helpful ways to reframe it and deal with it. I love it so much!!”  Andrea  October 29, 2020

“A wonderful, beautifully illustrated book about anxiety – and not just for children. It’s a joy to read, a source of peace and calm as well as wisdom”. Rated 5 out of 5 by Michael  October 27, 2020

“I just bought this for my 10 year old daughter. I bought Hey Warrior and the plush doll about 2 years ago, and it has been really helpful for her. We are on online school and she was having some self-confidence issues with some parts of the distance learning. I ordered Hey Awesome and it has been wonderful for her. It explains what is happening in her brain in a way that she easily understands. And even though this is a picture book, and she usually reads non-illustrated chapter books these days, it was still interesting for her and the right level for her to understand and make sense of her emotions and anxiety symptoms. I am so grateful for these books!” Anna  October 3, 2020

“I bought both these amazing books. I have wanted them for quite some time.
After receiving them, I had a chance meeting with a foster Mum, who was in the process of adopting her 9year old foster son. She mentioned how he had endured so many struggles in his short life.. I was so moved by his story, that I gifted them to her to give to him,..Imagine my absolute delight when she messaged me to say he loved them & had placed the little note I wrote him under his pillow that night…my heart sang. Thank you for creating such AWESOME books”.  Simone P June 13, 2020

“Thank you for these amazing resources. What a gift to any family learning about what anxiety is and what amazing qualities people with anxiety have and the incredible things they can do!”  Jennifer R March 5, 2020

“Hi there, I love these books. My youngest two children are 17 and 20 and they both have anxiety. They couldn’t believe how it so accurately describes the feelings they would get. So thank you”.  Valerie A  February 10, 2020

“I took it to school for my Year 4 class and they loved it as well. I introduced it to our staff and the mindfulness teacher promptly ordered one for every class in the school. It has been a super addition for working with our kids. So thank you again”.

“I just received “Hey Awesome” in the mail. I am a fellow Psychologist and love this book! More importantly, I am a mother to a highly anxious 9 year old boy. It’s as though this book was written for him! It is absolutely brilliant”. Lyndsay B  October 25, 2019

“As a Psychologist we have accessed so many wonderful resources to support our sons health, however I truly believe this book is one of our best resources”.

“Thank you Karen Young for writing such a great book for children who experience anxiety. I love your “awesome” strengths based perspective!!!”

About the Author – Karen Young

Karen began her career as a psychologist in private practice. She has worked extensively with children teens and families, and in educational and organisation settings. She has lectured and has a Masters in Gestalt Therapy. It is through her work with children, teens and families, that she learned the power of solid information when it is placed in the solid, loving hands of parents or any important person in the life of a child.

Karen created Hey Sigmund, an internationally popular online resource, as a way to provide contemporary, research-driven information on the art of being human, and being with humans. The website has a particular emphasis on strengthening the mental wellness of children and adolescents. It attracts millions of readers each year worldwide. The articles have been translated into a number of languages and have been published on various international sites including Parenting Magazine in New Zealand, The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, and The Mighty.

Karen can often be heard on Australian radio. She is a sought-after speaker and consultant and works with schools, government bodies, and child and adolescent focused organisations, both in Australia and overseas to build resources, implement procedures, and support the professional development of staff. She recently worked with Plan International Australia to create resources for parents in response to the recent Australian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.

She is the author of three books, including the bestselling ‘Hey Warrior’ and ‘Hey Awesome’, which creatively assist children to understand and manage anxiety. The books have been translated into a number of languages and have sold more than 150,000 copies worldwide.

Australia is home, and she lives there with her two children and two stepchildren. Experience has taught her that people can do amazing things with the right information, psychology has something for everyone, jargon doesn’t, everyone has a story to tell, short bios are the longest to write, nobody has it all figured out and the best people to be around are the ones who already know this.

Publishing Information

  • Ages: 5-12+
  • Pages: 28
  • Format: Paperback
  • Item No: 8828
  • Published: 2018

Additional information

Weight 0.40 g
Dimensions 5 × 5 × 5 cm

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