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Paradise Kids Storybook Collection

The Paradise Kids Storybook Collection is designed to help children understand and deal with aspects of grief from various kinds of loss. Each story is written by PK founder, Deirdre Hanna. Our storybooks are designed to be a useful tool to help children relate to the deep emotional issues and the painful situations they are currently facing in the safeness of a storybook. The storybooks help children identify the causes of their feelings and provide gentle reassurance that they can; handle this change in their life, learn valuable life skills, be reassured of the ability to handle future challenges, become strong and resilient.

The Storybook Collection includes Storybooks, available for purchase and Storybook Videos, available to watch on-the-go for free. The Storybook Collection is an IMF Educational Project for Children kindly designed and produced by The Rev. Dr Ian Mavor Foundation for Paradise Kids.

Our Storybooks

The Magic Carpet Ride
Domestic Violence * Safety *Resilience

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

The Magic Carpet Ride is a story about all the different feelings a child might have when there is violence in the home and what helps. Paradise Kids is a safe place to explore the many feelings that go with living in a home where violence is experienced. There are always losses associated with violence. Some of these may be loss of a sense of safety, loss of a relationship with a parent, loss of a pet, having to move houses or schools, potential loss of grandparents.
32 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

The Rainbow House Story Book, Paradise Kids Angel Appeal
The Rainbow House
Death of a Parent from Illness * Mother/Daughter

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Remembering Grandma
Remembering Grandma
Death of a Grandparent *Grief and Loss

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

This book is to help children understand the concept of death. It's important to use the word death rather than 'passed away' or 'gone to sleep' as children might then be afraid to go to sleep. Children need to understand that death is permanent and doesn't go away and it is normal to grieve the loss of anything or anyone you love. Death is part of the life-cycle and when developmentally ready children learn that it is OK to have questions and feelings about death. In time resilience grows when children are supported through the grief process and then they are more able to understand and withstand further challenges that life may offer.
32 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Remembering Grandad Story Book
Death of a Grandparent *Grief and Loss

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

This book is to help children understand the concept of death. It's important to use the word death rather than 'passed away' or 'gone to sleep' as children might then be afraid to go to sleep. Children need to understand that death is permanent and doesn't go away and it is normal to grieve the loss of anything or anyone you love. Death is part of the life-cycle and when developmentally ready children learn that it is OK to have questions and feelings about death. In time resilience grows when children are supported through the grief process and then they are more able to understand and withstand further challenges that life may offer.
32 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

A Parcel of Hope
Drought * Hope * Resilience

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young girl is experiencing physical pain as a result of grief associated with her mother's death. Her father is worried about her until their family doctor makes an unusual suggestion that sees them both discover unspoken feelings which, in turn brings real comfort and healing. The Rainbow House addresses some of the needs of grieving children: to normalise feelings; connect feelings with body symptoms; provide emphatic listening; provide a safe environment; tell the truth about the death; provide appropriate comfort; allow the child to be a child and not take on adult responsibilities; speak to the child’s developmental level in both spatial and cognitive terms.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Drought is part of the Australian way of life. As of late 2019, many regions of Australia are still in significant drought, and rainfall records have showed a marked decrease in precipitation levels since 1994. When natural disasters occur children can grieve the loss of a home, the land that has been in their family for generations, farm animals or pets, new school clothes or shoes, and often their previous way of life, due to the financial stress their parents face. Children often feel guilty about the losses, even though it is not their fault. This is a story of hope seen through a child’s perspective and how simple parcels sent to struggling farmers or their wives can change lives. When adults and children grieve with support they are better able to move through the tasks of grieving into hope and resilience.
34 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Peanuts, please come home
Peanuts, Please Come Home
Natural Disaster * Bushfires * Grief & Loss

Bushfires happen often in Australia and children can be exposed to many forms of alarming media and feel anxious about or traumatised afterwards. There many losses associated with bushfires and this story is told from a child’s perspective.

When natural disasters occur children can grieve the loss of a home, a school, their neighbourhood, all their belongings, their farm animals and pets. When bad things happen in life, there are tools for children to help develop inner life skills and resilience.
38 Page Soft Cover Storybook – 21cm by 21cm

Bushfires happen often in Australia and children can be exposed to many forms of alarming media and feel anxious about or traumatised afterwards. There many losses associated with bushfires and this story is told from a child’s perspective.

When natural disasters occur children can grieve the loss of a home, a school, their neighbourhood, all their belongings, their farm animals and pets. When bad things happen in life, there are tools for children to help develop inner life skills and resilience.
38 Page Soft Cover Storybook – 21cm by 21cm

Bushfires happen often in Australia and children can be exposed to many forms of alarming media and feel anxious about or traumatised afterwards. There many losses associated with bushfires and this story is told from a child’s perspective. When natural disasters occur children can grieve the loss of a home, a school, their neighbourhood, all their belongings, their farm animals and pets. When bad things happen in life, there are tools for children to help develop inner life skills and resilience.
38 Page Soft Cover Storybook – 21cm by 21cm

Where's My Dad Storybook
Where's My Dad
Sudden Death of a Parent * Father/Son

In this story, a young boy is having strong feelings over the loss of his Dad through a sudden death. At first, he is confused as he does not fully understand what ‘DEAD’ really means. The grief group process at The Rainbow House helps him understand the finality and irreversibility of death and that all his emotions and feelings are normal. Through compassionate listening, he comes to terms with the big change in his life and knows that his Dad will always be with him in his memories and his heart.

36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young boy is having strong feelings over the loss of his Dad through a sudden death. At first, he is confused as he does not fully understand what ‘DEAD’ really means. The grief group process at The Rainbow House helps him understand the finality and irreversibility of death and that all his emotions and feelings are normal. Through compassionate listening, he comes to terms with the big change in his life and knows that his Dad will always be with him in his memories and his heart.

36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young boy is having strong feelings over the loss of his Dad through a sudden death. At first, he is confused as he does not fully understand what ‘DEAD’ really means. The grief group process at The Rainbow House helps him understand the finality and irreversibility of death and that all his emotions and feelings are normal. Through compassionate listening, he comes to terms with the big change in his life and knows that his Dad will always be with him in his memories and his heart.

36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Unbreakable You Storybook
Unbreakable You
Divorce * Family Separation

Unbreakable You is written to encourage and equip children, who are going through big changes, with life skills. The poem provides a glimpse of a young girl navigating her way through her parent's divorce and the separation of her family unit. By noticing her feelings and learning different ways of healing through grief, she is able to process the loss in creative ways and grow in resilience.

28 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Unbreakable You is written to encourage and equip children, who are going through big changes, with life skills. The poem provides a glimpse of a young girl navigating her way through her parent's divorce and the separation of her family unit. By noticing her feelings and learning different ways of healing through grief, she is able to process the loss in creative ways and grow in resilience.

28 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Unbreakable You is written to encourage and equip children, who are going through big changes, with life skills. The poem provides a glimpse of a young girl navigating her way through her parent's divorce and the separation of her family unit. By noticing her feelings and learning different ways of healing through grief, she is able to process the loss in creative ways and grow in resilience.

28 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Nobody's Home
Nobody's Home
Foster Care * Abandonment

In this story, a young boy is not coping with the overwhelming and constantly changing circumstances he finds himself in, due to his mother’s absence. With a little help, he learns his safe place can be found by looking inward, for no matter where he goes … this will always be his true home. Sometimes children have to go into foster care when there is no parent to look after them. In this situation, children may feel all the feelings associated with big changes that create a sense of grief and loss: abandonment, denial, anger, sadness, depression and more. With so many changes happening their strong feelings can erupt. Rather than behaviour management, they need to feel loved, secure and learn inner life skills so they are able to face an uncertain future with resilience and hope.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young boy is not coping with the overwhelming and constantly changing circumstances he finds himself in, due to his mother’s absence. With a little help, he learns his safe place can be found by looking inward, for no matter where he goes … this will always be his true home. Sometimes children have to go into foster care when there is no parent to look after them. In this situation, children may feel all the feelings associated with big changes that create a sense of grief and loss: abandonment, denial, anger, sadness, depression and more. With so many changes happening their strong feelings can erupt. Rather than behaviour management, they need to feel loved, secure and learn inner life skills so they are able to face an uncertain future with resilience and hope.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story, a young boy is not coping with the overwhelming and constantly changing circumstances he finds himself in, due to his mother’s absence. With a little help, he learns his safe place can be found by looking inward, for no matter where he goes … this will always be his true home. Sometimes children have to go into foster care when there is no parent to look after them. In this situation, children may feel all the feelings associated with big changes that create a sense of grief and loss: abandonment, denial, anger, sadness, depression and more. With so many changes happening their strong feelings can erupt. Rather than behaviour management, they need to feel loved, secure and learn inner life skills so they are able to face an uncertain future with resilience and hope.
36 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

Marmalade Clown is Back in Town
Marmalade Clown is Back in Town
Death of a Sibling * Complicated Grief

In this story Gabrielle Brown is having strong feelings over the many changes in her life. She is also grieving the death of her brother who died when he was six. Gabrielle is about to turn six and has a natural fear of dying at the same age as no explanations have been given. The story is intended to help normalise the grief process in children when overt changes, such as moving house, moving schools or the loss of a pet, may bring up unresolved grief issues or complicate grief.

24 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story Gabrielle Brown is having strong feelings over the many changes in her life. She is also grieving the death of her brother who died when he was six. Gabrielle is about to turn six and has a natural fear of dying at the same age as no explanations have been given. The story is intended to help normalise the grief process in children when overt changes, such as moving house, moving schools or the loss of a pet, may bring up unresolved grief issues or complicate grief.

24 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

In this story Gabrielle Brown is having strong feelings over the many changes in her life. She is also grieving the death of her brother who died when he was six. Gabrielle is about to turn six and has a natural fear of dying at the same age as no explanations have been given. The story is intended to help normalise the grief process in children when overt changes, such as moving house, moving schools or the loss of a pet, may bring up unresolved grief issues or complicate grief.

24 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 21cm

My Flipping Brain - boys
My Flipping Brain - Girls
My Flipping Brain
Divorce * Managing Emotions

In this story, the child is reacting with strong feelings after going through a divorce and coping with a new family dynamic. The story is designed to help children by explaining how and why their feelings may get out of control, causing them to act out. Through the help of the Rainbow House children's group, the child learns to explore ways to assist in regaining control and to help them manage their emotions.
Based on the Whole Brain Child Theory.
Available in Boy Story or Girl Story Versions
20 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 14cm

In this story, the child is reacting with strong feelings after going through a divorce and coping with a new family dynamic. The story is designed to help children by explaining how and why their feelings may get out of control, causing them to act out. Through the help of the Rainbow House children's group, the child learns to explore ways to assist in regaining control and to help them manage their emotions.
Based on the Whole Brain Child Theory.
Available in Boy Story or Girl Story Versions
20 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 14cm

In this story, the child is reacting with strong feelings after going through a divorce and coping with a new family dynamic. The story is designed to help children by explaining how and why their feelings may get out of control, causing them to act out. Through the help of the Rainbow House children's group, the child learns to explore ways to assist in regaining control and to help them manage their emotions.
Based on the Whole Brain Child Theory.
Available in Boy Story or Girl Story Versions
20 Page Soft Cover Book - 21cm x 14cm

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Our Storybook Videos

Forever Friends?

Forever Friends? is the story of a young girl who is faced with the hard choice between friendship and bullying!

Missing Ranger

Missing Ranger is a story of a child dealing with grief from the loss of his beloved pet after a severe weather event.