Welcome to My Higher Shelf.

We are:

Me (Dawn): Big on ideas, creative, reader, mother, pun lover.

Belle (8): Reader, comedian, daughter, wannabe librarian/ actress 

This website was born from the love of inspiration and making things happen….and also because I can’t resist a good pun. My Mum and Dad have a shop in the town where I grew up, and from the time I was big enough to stand behind a counter I worked there, doing what I love doing most: helping people find what they need. It's like matchmaking. I love it when people find the right book to inspire them, the perfect story to help their worried kid or the laugh out loud card for their friend. 


Life is generally good. But sometimes it goes a bit AWOL and it throws stuff at us that makes us feel like we’re sinking and there's no lifebuoy. This is where building resilience helps. Whether it's through books that we read, courses that we take or tools that we learn. It all helps. This is essentially what self-help is. It’s about not allowing yourself to sink. It’s about taking charge of your wellbeing and doing something about it, even if this is the last thing on earth you feel like doing. 


The best place to find help is at the end of your arm.
(Swedish proverb) 


In helping ourselves we also help others.

Our kids for example. We change, they change. I grew up a sensitive child but being sensitive is hugely powerful and if I had known then what I know now it would have made life a whole lot easier. That's why I am passionate about helping children become resilient and confident in themselves. I look at my own daughter and ask myself how can I help her navigate life's crazy adventures? The truth is I can only do so much, the rest is up to her.

So, imagine if we gave our kids the tools and knowledge to help themselves?

Imagine if we empowered them by giving them the right mindset and ability to overcome problems? 

The good news is we can do a lot of this through books. They are a fantastic way to explain and help with ups and downs. Children’s books have such ingenious visuals, creative humour, inspiration and truth in them that everyone, big and small, should read them! They get conversations started. They help us communicate.


"If you are going to get anywhere in life you have to read a lot of books"
Roald Dahl

So if, like me you enjoy seeking out things that make you excited about life and allow you to create your best self...then this place is for you x