Meet Karen Tyrrell, author of ‘Bailey Beats The Blah’

17 Nov

‘Bailey Beats the Blah’ Giveaways
Help Stamp out the BLAH!


This morning, we welcome Karen Tyrrell to Write Away With Me and give you the chance to win a signed Bailey artwork by Illustrator Aaron Peacock and a picture book assessment with chief editor at Book Cover Cafe Club! What a great giveaway!

All you have to do is leave a comment on any of the 16 hops on the Bailey Beats the Blah tour Nov 3rd -18th. The links can be found at the end of the interview. The more comments you leave the MORE chances to WIN. WINNERS announced on Nov 20th at www.

Bailey hates his new school. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH! This book allows children to follow Bailey’s journey as he discovers how to change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA! ‘Bailey Beats The Blah’ is all about empowering children to beat worry thoughts and sad days, as well as  developing the all important skills of resilience. The book naturally invites discussion on emotional awareness and developing pro-active plans to lift a child’s mood. It’s a book for children, families, teachers, parents and counselors.

So let’s meet Karen and learn a little about why writing this book was so important to her!

What was your inspiration for writing Bailey Beats the Blah?
As a bullied teacher, I experienced severe stress which eventually led to screaming night terrors and mental illness after parents harassed me. Now that I’ve recovered, I wish to empower children with resilience skills to prevent them becoming ill with stress, anxiety and depression. I want to boost their self-esteem and self-respect.

I’d love to know a little about your interactive storytelling sessions in schools? What is your most popular activity?
With Bailey Beats the Blah, I tell the story with costumes/props inviting children to emotionally and physically react via audience participation, chanting responses to how Bailey is feeling. Later the class retells the story using puppets. This springboards discussion on how Bailey changed his blah to ha-ha-ha and how they can change sad days too.

What’s one thing that you know works well to help you beat the blues?
Learning a wide repertoire of coping skills empowers children and adults alike. Early morning exercise lifts the mood and boosts positive thinking for the whole day especially when you combine active meditation and gratitude.

What’s one of your most vivid childhood memories?
Making mud-pies in my friend’s cubby house. Day-dreaming under a shady willow tree on the banks of the creek. Playing circuses, hanging upside down on a trapeze swing. Escaping into the imaginary world of ‘The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe’ children’s book.

Thank you so much for dropping by Karen and sharing your thoughts and giving readers the chance to win a great prize.

So Don’t Forget the GIVEAWAY!

All you have to do is leave a comment on any of the 16 hops on the Bailey Beats the Blah tour Nov 3rd -18th. The links can be found below. The more comments you leave the MORE chances to WIN.
WINNERS announced on Nov 20th at www.

Good Luck and Happy Reading

You can buy a copy of Bailey Beats The Blah here: www.

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  1. Karen Tyrrell commented 7 years ago

    Thanks so much Beth, for being part of Bailey’s Blog Tour. As teachers we both share similar goals with KIDS writing and and storytelling.
    I invite your Readers to leave a comment or question here about HOW Bailey can be used in the classroom … Karen :)

  2. Stacey Gladman commented 7 years ago

    Great read, thanks for sharing some of your childhood Karen. #pbkassess

  3. Melissa commented 7 years ago

    I love “The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe” as a kid & I’ve enjoyed sharing it with my kids too :)

  4. Karen Tyrrell commented 7 years ago

    Thanks Melissa,
    That story still ignites my imagination … Hope Bailey Beats the Blah will ignite your children’s discussions on how to lift their moods and feelings … Karen :)

  5. Karen Tyrrell commented 7 years ago

    Hi Stacey,
    Thanks for checking out Write Away with Me Interview and story telling tips … Karen :)

  6. Teresa commented 7 years ago

    Thanks Karen for your personal triumph and sending Bailey into the world to Beat the Blah! I have many more ha-ha-ha’s now. I know you have a great success with this book!

  7. Karen Tyrrell commented 7 years ago

    Thanks Teresa for understanding my motivation to write Bailey Beats the Blah. Thanks too for your wishes for success :)

  8. Karen Tyrrell commented 7 years ago

    Thanks everyone,
    for supporting Bailey Beats the Blah 5 STAR Mental Health book for KIDS
    Announcing WINNERS! *Bailey Beats the Blah #Bookgiveaways
    Available on Amazon eBook & print
    Download FREE teacher notes FREE children’s activities on
    Karen :)

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