Our Stories

Mama's Waves

Released September 2020

Ellie's mom did not come for their visit, and Ellie is stuck in a cloud of sadness and anger as she tries to understand why. Fortunately, Miss K. and Ellie's Uncle Finny are there to help her. Using the metaphor of a wave, they help Ellie talk about and understand her mother's ups and downs, recognize and hold on to loving memories, and know that she is not alone.

Millions of young children live in families with an adult who is struggling due to trauma (ACEs), mental illness (PTSD, depression, bipolar), substance abuse, or other addiction. Mama's Waves was written for any child who has a family member who struggles with emotional waves whether they live together or not.

Holdin Pott

Released September 22 2019

Meet the Potts. Holdin Pott grew up learning to keep in feelings of sadness and anger. He is one tough pressure cooker. Little Pott is watching and wants to be just like him, but when you’re little and the heat is on really high, it’s hard to keep the lid on and hold tough stories and feelings inside. 

This story was designed to help parents and children talk about the importance of getting support and sharing difficult feelings and emotions rather than "lidding them."  

You Weren't With Me

Released February 2019

Little Rabbit and Big Rabbit are together after a difficult separation, but even though they missed each other, Little Rabbit is not ready to cuddle up and receive Big Rabbit’s love. Little Rabbit needs Big Rabbit to understand what it felt like when they were apart.

This story was designed to help parents and children talk about difficult separations, reconnect, and find their way back to each other.

Once I Was Very Very Scared

Released January 2017

A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very, scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals went through scary experiences, but they react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings.

This story was written to help children and grown-ups (parents, teachers, and other important adults) understand how stress can affect children and ways to help them. Squirrel hopes you like it.

Trinka and Sam Series

A free story series developed in collaboration with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network  to help young children and families after disasters. 

  1. Trinka and Sam and the Rainy Windy Day (hurricane version)
  2. Trinka and Sam and the Day the Earth Shook (earthquake version)
  3. Trinka and Sam and the Swirling Twirling Wind (tornado version)
  4. Trinka and Sam the Big Fire (wildfire version)
  5. Fighting the Big Virus: Trinka, Sam, and Littletown Work Together (COVID-19 version)

Over the years, Trinka and Sam have been learning to speak other languages (Spanish, Nepalese, Japanese, Cebuano, Waray, Haitian Creole), so they can help children and families around the world. Click here to learn more about the series.

The Two O's

This was one of our first stories. It was created to highlight the importance of reflective supervision for therapists and practitioners working with families and to remind us to honor and support the child's relationships with key caregivers.  It is freely distributed in slide and video versions.