MAGICAL MOMENT: Belinda O’Brien reads her book ‘The Monsters Inside’ to her daughters Mia and Alyvia.
MAGICAL MOMENT: Belinda O’Brien reads her book ‘The Monsters Inside’ to her daughters Mia and Alyvia. Allan Reinikka Rokabook

Rockhampton mum adds a unique twist to story time

PICTURE books are a regular fixture in most households with small children.

But story time has a unique twist for Belinda O'Brien and her family.

The Rockhampton mum has just published her first children's picture book, The Monsters Inside.

The book aims to help children understand and deal with their emotions.

Belinda said the book was inspired by her son Jack's experience after his twin sisters, Mia and Alyvia, were born.

He was two when they were born and Belinda said there were times when he would get frustrated or annoyed and didn't know how to cope with those feelings.

After reading the story to her children for the past few years, Belinda took the next step to getting it published.

"They've loved the story and I think that's one of the reasons I thought to get it published," Belinda said.

"My family and friends were pushing me to do it, they thought it was a great story.

"It was one that, as mothers, they could relate to and they were using it for their own children anyway."

Now the book has been published, Belinda has spent the past month speaking to Rockhampton primary school children about their emotions and the story.

The opportunity to do school talks came from one of the book's proof readers, who is a teacher at a local school.

Belinda said it was great to create a story time with the children and see them working on their own stories.

"My favourite part has been really connecting with the kids and showing them how important it is to read because it helps develop our writing skills," she said.

"It's great to watch their reactions."



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