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Just Like You

“Just Like You”

By Darlene Wierski-Devoe

Illustrated by Sharon Pickering

Me Toolbox Journal
Official Release Date May 7th, 2012 – coinciding with Canada’s Mental Health Week

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This beautifully illustrated book raises awareness around the daily struggles that some children face. Simple things like answering a question, playing in the school yard and going to the library are such struggles for kids who have anxious feelings. After seeing her own children struggle with anxiety issues which mimic that of her own childhood, Darlene Wierski-Devoe decided to create “Just Like You”. This book is written to help others understand what anxious behaviour both looks and feels like. “Just Like You” is a valuable tool for creating awareness and support for families dealing with anxiety.

You can download a sample of “Just Like You” here.

The book introduces the concept of the “anxiety monster”. It allows children to see anxiety as an “it” or a “thing” that is completely separate from them. The story teaches that worry, fear and panic are feelings that can be managed while reinforcing the fact that despite the main characters’ differences, she really is “Just Like You”.

Young readers are also introduced to the concept of a toolbox which holds numerous ideas and choices for helping to reduce the effects of the “anxiety monster”, allowing them to be successful in everyday tasks.

This is a great story for children with anxiety as well as their peers. It provides great opportunities to help reduce the stigma surrounding mental health issues as well as raise awareness that these amazing children just need to be heard and helped.

In tandem with the book “Just Like You”, Darlene is also releasing the toolbox journal titled “Me”, which gives children the opportunity to create a toolbox to help them recognize options for when they are feeling anxious.

Me Toolbox Journal


By Darlene Wierski-Devoe

Illustrated by Darlene Wierski-Devoe & Ehren Devoe

Me Toolbox Journal
Official Release Date May 7th, 2012 – coinciding with Canada’s Mental Health Week

Download the publication fact sheet

Working in tandem with the book “Just Like You”, “Me” is a toolbox journal which gives children a sense of ownership and awareness of their own emotions. It allows them to have a secure place to let their feelings flow. In their own words, and with their own thoughts and creativity, this journal will open up a great forum for discussion.

Children have an opportunity to create a toolbox that helps them identify options for when they are feeling uncomfortable. There is even a place to name their “anxiety monster”, reminding them that anxiety is an “it” or a “thing” – and not actually a part of them.

You can download a sample of the “Just Like You” companion journal here.

At the bottom of each page is an affirmation. These are encouraging and inspiring phrases that children can say out loud. Each phrase is written to help foster a positive mindset and a sense of empowerment.

The graphics in this interactive companion journal are the result of a creative collaboration between Darlene Wierski-Devoe and her son Ehren. With a passion for drawing, together they created the visual cues that will help spark children’s journaling experiences.

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Here’s what people are saying after reading “Just Like You”:

“I was brought to tears after reading “Just Like You” as it conjured up the feelings of disconnection and isolation I felt as a super sensitive child with anxious thoughts. I spent the first part of kindergarten “hiding out” from the other Children because it was SO overwhelming. I now work with these Children and “Just Like You” will be a fantastic resource for my Kiddo Clients. Thank you Darlene!” Laurel Crossley, B. A. Child Studies, Life Coach, Parent Educator, Professional Speaker, Television Host

“It was breathtaking.”Age 9

“An integral component in breaking the cycle of stigma is to create opportunities to increase awareness, and spend time teaching our children so that they are raised with an increased knowledge and understanding of the issues around mental illness, as well as an increased capacity for empathy. It is amazing to see a family so empowered who take their difficulties and pass on their learning to others, and to create an environment where positive change is not only possible but probable.” Sarah Cannon, Executive Director, Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH), Toronto, Ontario

“The book and the journal made me realize there’s really no need to worry”. Katie Age 10

“The book is absolutely brilliant, and you really hit the nail on the head. It’s the most accurate picture of anxiety I’ve ever read. I was a socially anxious child and wish we had a book like this when I was a kid. Thanks so much for putting this book out there.”

“Mummy, she wrote that book about me!” Greg Age 6

As a children and family therapist, the most common struggle that I hear about from children is worry or anxiety. The worry can effect their lives in very negative ways including stories they have about themselves being failures. The concepts in this lovely little book help children to separate who they are, their “self “, from the problem of “the worry”. This helps them to be able to look at “it” from a different angle and, often for the first time, to see possibilities of how to take steps to manage the worry. This book offers these important ideas in ways that children can understand, enjoy, and make use of. Karen Young, Manager/Trainer/Therapist, Reach Out Centre for Kids, Burlington, Ontario.

“Anxiety disorders are Real, Common and Treatable. As a mother, I appreciate Darlene’s quest to help her daughter be accepted just as she is. This book is a lovely tool to help young children focus on the similarities they have with other children and to accept the differences. If you suspect your child may have an anxiety disorder, I encourage you to seek the advice of a mental health professional who specializes in cognitive behaviour therapy.” Geneviève Charette, Former Executive Director of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada,

“We received your books today. Thank you very kindly for your prompt service! The book is wonderful in the way it tells the story, and the toolbox journal is a great idea! The exercises are an excellent way to help put into words the feelings of anxiety and the various daily challenges, as well as helping to establish some coping mechanisms. We are grateful for your help.”


Retail Locations

“Just Like You” is now available at the following stores:

The Hospital for Sick Children Caversham Booksellers Parentbooks
555 University Avenue 98 Harbord Street 201 Harbord Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8 Toronto, ON M5S 1G6 Toronto, ON M5S 1H6
Canada Canada Canada
(416) 813-8555 (416) 944-0962 (416) 537-8334
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A Different Drummer Recycled Reading Collected Works
513 Locust Street 171 Main Street East 1242 Wellington Street West
Burlington, ON L7S 1V3 Milton, ON L9T 1N7 Ottawa, ON K1Y 3A4
Canada Canada Canada
(905) 639-0925 (905) 878-6024 (613) 722-1265
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Odin Books Indigo Milton
1110 West Broadway 1180 Steeles Avenue East
Vancouver, BC V6H 2G5 Milton, ON L9T 6C8
Canada Canada
(604) 739-8804 (905) 693-6800
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