In the midst of a pandemic, Sunday Times best-selling author Chrissie Wellington OBE, teamed up with fellow mother, Susie Bush-Ramsey, to create something simple, beautiful and timeless to uplift hearts and minds.
The result, two beautifully written and illustrated books, which share stories of children taking time to appreciate and listen to nature. The flower (in You're so amazing) and tree (in You're so strong) teach valuable lessons about the importance of kindness, trust, perseverance, and love.
The books offer steps that children and adults can take to improve their mental and physical health, whilst also providing a sense of calmness and instilling confidence. The illustrations have been drawn purposely in black and white and without showing faces, so that any reader can imagine themselves in the story.
You’re so amazing will remind you of just how precious you are and
You're so strong will encourage you to follow your dreams and believe that you can do anything you set your mind to.
Chrissie Wellington OBE is a four-time Ironman Triathlon World Champion and world record holder. She now devotes her life to improving individual and population wellbeing as the Global Head of Health and Wellbeing for parkrun and is committed to engaging people of all backgrounds, ages and abilities in the parkrun events to address inequalities that impact many countries across the world.
Her autobiography, 'A Life Without Limits’ was published in the USA and in the UK, with rights being sold in many other countries. It was a Sunday Times Bestseller, and has sold approximately 100,000 copies.
She was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to sport and charity. She was also named the 2009 Sunday Times Sportswoman of the Year and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Birmingham and the University of Bristol.
Chrissie lives with her husband, former professional athlete Tom Lowe, and their daughter Esme in a small village in Somerset.
Susie Bush-Ramsey is a creative designer and a former international athlete. She launched an illustrated and narrated wellbeing programme, take7simplesteps.com in 2021, to help people create a simpler, more satisfying life. Due to the covid pandemic, she opted to offer the programme for free and promoted it by hanging wooden tags outside cafes and restaurants, with hand-written encouraging messages for people to sign-up in SW London. The programme has received wonderful reviews from those who have been touched by her calming voice and animated sketches. Content from the programme formed the basis for the children's storybooks. It has also been shared with vulnerable women around the UK in a handbook format and is scheduled to be shown digitally in the Autumn.
Susie lives with her husband, a producer and spoken word artist, and two young children in SW London. Her children helped her narrate the animated videos she created for the books, which she describes as, encapsulating the things she most wants to share with them as they grow up.
"Our hope is that the books will plant a seed, inspire wonderful conversations about wellbeing at home or in the classroom, and convey lessons that people of all ages can apply and carry with them throughout life."
– Chrissie and Susie