Book Week Giveaway #4: Win a copy of Not a Cloud in the Sky

To celebrate Book Week, My Little Bookcase is running a week of book giveways. Each giveaway will be open for 24 hours. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a new giveaway.

Not a Cloud in the Sky Cover

Not a Cloud in the Sky is quite an incredible book with numerous layers. Young children will have fun simply guessing the shapes that are created by the cloud. The illustrations have been created using wood panels, pencil, acrylic paint, watercolour, chalk pastels, ink, a straw, stencils, a cork, a toothbrush, sponges and rollers.

For older children it is a story about loneliness, finding a friend, positive thinking, looking at situations with a new perspective, and changing moods.

Thanks to HarperCollins, we have one copy of Not a Cloud in the Sky to give away.

To enter:

  • Leave a message below and share with us a strategy you use to help your child think positively.

The winners:

  • My favourite entry will receive a copy of Not a Cloud in the Sky.

Terms and conditions:

1. Each reader may enter only once.

2. The giveaway is only open to Australian residents.

3. All entries must be received by 9.30 pm (AEST) on Friday 23 August 2013

4. The winner will be chosen by Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase

5. The winner will be notified via email

6. The winner will also be announced on, Facebook and Twitter

7. The winner is asked to send a reply email including their delivery address within 7 days before a new winner is selected

Book Week Giveaway #4: Win a copy of Not a Cloud in the Sky


  1. We have to say three good things that happened to us before bed so we end the day with a smile to head into the next one

  2. I ask my daughter at bedtime what was your favourite thing we did today? She answers me and I always say and the rest was not that bad…I say it’s not that bad every time they spill something, make a mistake etc..I even have my 3 yo telling people it’s not that bad and to have a good day :)

  3. Every night during dinner, each of us talks about the best bit of our day and the worst bit about our day. It helps to keep communication lines open, and it alerts us to any areas of concern, without bringing undue focus on them.

  4. I have begun asking my daughter to tell me one thing that happened at school today that made her laugh or something along those lines. We have switched from questions focusing on who she played with and whether she had a ‘good’ day as this was putting too much pressure on her.

  5. My husband makes it a point to read stories and watch movies of characters who overcome the odds to inspire our son like The Lion King ,Free Willy and he always draw their attention to media and highlight public figures who have overcome hardship, for example,
    sporting celebrities who have a disability.
    We always try to rephrase what your son says to make more positive sense out of a situation.
    If our son says ‘I never have anyone to play with.’
    We say ‘Sometimes it’s hard to find a friend, but last week you had a good time with josh.’

  6. To help my children think positively, I try to role model positive beliefs, ideas and strategies when dealing with complicated life stuff. I focus on the things they can do, rather than not. I offer plenty of reassurance, encouragement and praise attempts made by them. And I always cuddle and kiss them and say “I love you all the time, I love you forever.”

  7. Being positive for us is….

    Knowing that I am great
    Just the way I am
    Being confident in my skin
    Not having to fit in
    Loving all my choices
    And knowing I am free
    To be whatever that it is I may want to be!

  8. I always ask my eldest son what was the best thing that happened today? It helps him to reflect on the good things that happen each day.

  9. When the family is out enjoying a warm sunny day that quickly turns into grey skies and upset faces, I begin to see all different shapes and animals in the sky. The clouds are alive and the smiles on my children’s faces are larger than ever!

  10. By role modelling positive responses to what can be negatives situations in my life hopefully helps my children see that we control our emotions through our thoughts and we deserve to treat ourselves and others kindly.

  11. This book looks lovely!
    For me being positive is a must for my Mr 5 who is a very anxious little guy. At the moment his thoughts seem to quickly drift to death, especially worrying about myself and his Dad dying. He wants to know the precise date and time that we will die (something that is obviously a tad bit hard to do!) On the advice of our lovely school counsellor I have started talking about the “most likely” scenario being that myself and his Dad will live till old age and I reassure him that that life is so much more than zoning in on death. We sit together and list all the wonderful things that my husband and I have together and with him and then I always finish with “and I hope and plan to keep on doing all of these things and more for years to come.” :)

  12. My son is only 20 months so this is a bit difficult as he can’t talk yet, but when he’s unhappy I live to sing the song from The Sound of Music, ‘Raindrops on Roses and whiskers in kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mittens etc……When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad, I simply remember my favourite things and then I don’t feel so bad.’ He may not be able to talk but I’m sure he can understand the song because it works every time!

  13. Miss 5 introduced out family to ‘filling your bucket’. According to her (through school) everyone has an invisible bucket. For example: unkind behaviour “dips in your bucket”. Being helpful, kind, or forgiving those who may have wronged fills your bucket, and theirs. It’s been great. Our family has really embraced the bucket. Master 3 really understands the concept too. It’s been really helpful in naming feelings, and discussing how behaviours and actions can dip, or fill [your] bucket.

  14. Amy said: On August 23, 2013

    When something isn’t going to plan, my little over-thinker can become quite anxious and frustrated. I always remind him that accidents are just that and can be fixed (and I encourage him to help with the fixing). He is also getting very good at remembering “try, try, try again” instead of going into melt-down mode.

  15. I just try to model positive thinking myself, to show my kids how to look on the bright side of things, and find the silver lining. We discuss what positive things can come from a negative situation. We sometimes play a game to see who can list the most things they are grateful for. It helps my kids to focus on the things that make them feel happy. Life can present challenges, but challenges are what make us grow!