Lancaster author shares her experience with OCD and new children’s picture books that address complex emotions
Airdate: January 31, 2023
Two new children’s picture books will soon be released that tackle concepts like gratitude and celebrating the experience of people who look at the world differently and live with disorders.
Jessica Whipple, Lancaster poet and author of Enough Is and I Think I Think a Lot joined us on The Spark Tuesday to discuss her books, poetry, and connection to her work.
Enough Is follows a child as she learns the difference between wanting and needing and, in the end, finds contentment by being satisfied with what she has.
I Think I Think a Lot, inspired by Whipple’s experience with Obsessive-Compulsive disorder, is about a neurodivergent child (a person with differences in their mental functions) who notices and celebrates her way of looking at and experiencing the world. The book is meant to be relatable for children with anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder, autism, giftedness and perfectionism tendencies.
Whipple said, she thinks picture books are one tool that can be used to start conversations with kids about their inner lives and bond with a child in an intimate way.
“I know there’s not that many books about OCD for kids that aren’t distributed in a therapist’s office,” Whipple said. So my hope is that I Think I Think a Lot can be a book that’s as easily accessible as any book from the library where kids can see themselves and think, ‘Oh, you know, there might actually be something good that can come from this worry that I’m having or this feeling that I’m having’.”
To learn more about Whipple’s books and work visit authorjessicawhipple.com.