Helping childhood well being through the medium of a story book


Working in support of and with the endorsement of the NSPCC and Childline, the Sadsville book has been created to help children deal with emotions, especially sadness, and in a light hearted way, open up discussions about mental well being.

Basil Brush Reads Sadsville

Watch the video of Basil Brush reading Sadsville

A special ‘Teaching Version’ of the book is available as a download below. This contains contains not only the original story, but a fully structured and detailed lesson or assembly plan, a self help guide for kids and a directory of relevant support organisations  – just scroll down to explore!

Free Teaching Resources

Sadsville Book

Teaching Resources

Just Click on the Links Below to Download Your Free Resources

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Download the video of Basil Brush reading Sadsville so you can play it offline – in the classroom or other setting.

Sadsville Lesson or Assembly Plan


Download a PDF version of the Lesson or Assembly plan that helps introduce Sadsville into the classroom or other setting.

Sadsville Lesson or Assembly Presentation


Download a PDF version of the Lesson or Assembly Presentation to be used alongside the Lesson / Assembly Plan.

Sadsville Worksheet Bundle


Download a PDF bundle of the Worksheets / Handouts used in the Sadsville Lesson Plan.

Herman Fonetti

Read The Villes on Fonetti

It’s the World’s first listening bookshop, where shelves of stories are waiting with the swipe of a screen. Fonetti listens and rewards as children read. When they get the words right, they turn green, if they get stuck, the simply double tap for a clue.

It perfects their pronunciation, boosts their literacy and builds their confidence with every page they turn.

Approved by the Department of Eduction’s Hungry Little Minds Campaign as a platform to practise reading on; Fonetti is changing the way children read globally.

Other Organisations That Can Help

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The NSPCC are regarded as the UK’s leading children’s charity. They’ve been looking out for children for over 130 years. They campaign and work on child protection across the UK.

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Childline is there to help anyone under 19 in the UK. Children can talk about anything with them. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are there to support them 24/7.

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Young Minds

UK charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

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Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with over 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. They provide mental health support in schools.

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Offers a confidential emotional support to children, young adults and adults by telephone, email and post. Aimed at those who are socially isolated, vulnerable, at risk groups and victims of any form of abuse.

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Provide a confidential service for people in despair and who feel suicidal. They are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Provides children, families, carers and professionals with advice, training and practical tools to prevent and deal with bullying.

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Bullies Out

Bullies Out work through schools and community settings to educate, train, support and raise awareness of bullying.

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A champion, guide and friend to anyone affected by eating disorders, giving individuals and their loved ones a place where they feel listened to and supported.

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Family Lives

Family Lives provides early intervention and crisis support to families. They support through family breakdown, challenging behaviour, debt and wellbeing.

Martin Roberts Reads Sadsville

A Message from the Author; Martin Roberts

“Times are tough for young people, and the challenges they face seem greater than ever before. Sadsville can help steer children on the right path, and encouraging them to reach out for support if they need it.”



The Sadsville project is supported by charitable donations.

Perhaps your school, children, PTA or organisation could raise the money needed to provide a physical copy of Sadsville for every child, or for children in places where it is most needed.

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Could you Help Us?

Do you want to help us with our goal of giving away a copy of Sadsville to all Year 4 kids in the UK?


Sponsored Activities?

Perhaps you or your children could arrange a sponsored swim, walk or car wash? Send us pictures of your activities!


Spread the Word

If you think you can help us in any way, such as spreading the word or coordinating local fundraising, please get in touch.

Give Us Your Feedback

How Has Sadsville Helped You

If you get involved in fundraising to help get more copies of the book for your school, please share with us how you got on.

Your stories and photos will be posted here!

Please email

Tell us what you think of Sadsville and how it has helped you.

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Discover More Books in the Range

Enjoyed Sadsville? Why not explore the other titles in The Villes range?

We'd Love to Hear from You!


Send a Message

Herman would love to hear from you!

Please get in touch with any questions and your feedback. Please let us know of initiatives your children are engaged in to help their own emotions and the happiness of others.

Sadsville is provided by The Martin Roberts Foundation [Reg Charity No 1172905] email (c) 2020 All rights reserved except for those specifically granted on this website.