Moon Turtle Junior: The Bad Day Book

Moon Turtle Junior: The Bad Day Book


Moon Turtle Junior has grown from the success of our first journal, Moon Turtle: A Mood Journal (a 21 day journal that aims to help with the managing of mental health related matters through identifying the links between thoughts, emotions, and behaviour).


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Moon Turtle Junior works a little differently. We have designed it for children aged 8 to 12 years to fill in either by themselves, or with an adult. The book includes 15 diary spreads which are to be filled out following an instance where the child has experienced a negative emotion (getting upset, feeling embarrassed, nervous or left out - those kinda feels).

The diary section (made up of drawings and open-ended questions) encourages the child to reflect on how they felt, and how they can deal with these feelings when they arise in the future. The great thing about about Moon Turtle Junior is that it helps to facilitate what some parents might find to be a difficult conversation. Talking about feelings with a child is incredibly important in their emotional and mental well-being. 

Following the diary entries are a series of activities which aim to develop coping mechanisms, understanding and empathy for others, gratitude, mindfulness and self-awareness.

Moon Turtle Junior is an A4 (210 x 297mm), 48 page journal printed in Wellington, New Zealand with a 283 GSM Kraft cover, and 120 GSM Advance Laser Offset inside pages.

Illustrations by Aimee Smith and Carissa Corlett