# L i b r a r i e s F r o m H o m e
CILIP National Shelf Service
The National Shelf Service is a new daily YouTube
broadcast featuring book recommendations from
professional librarians.
Launched by CILIP and the Youth Libraries Group the
daily videos will focus on helping children and families
discover new reading experiences.
The broadcast will run Monday to Friday at 11.00am at
The National Shelf Service will feature one librarian
and one book recommendation each day. The selected
titles will be available to borrow as e-books from most
local libraries via their websites.
For information on how to access the ebook
recommendations via your local library please visit
With thanks to Fiona Lumbers and Andersen Press for
the beautiful illustrations featured on our National
Shelf Service broadcasts from Luna Loves Library Day,
written by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Fiona
Here are some tips to help you enjoy
storytime together:
Ask your child to choose what theyd like to read.
Theyll feel more interested in the story if theyve
picked it out themselves. (And dont worry if they keep
returning to the same story, either!)
If you can, turn off the TV, radio and computer. Its
easier for both of you to enjoy the story without any
other distractions.
Sit close together. You could encourage your child to
hold the book themselves and turn the pages, too.
Take a look at the pictures. You dont just have to read
the words on the page. Maybe theres something funny
in the pictures that you can giggle about together, or
perhaps your child enjoys guessing what will happen
Ask questions and talk about the book. Picture books
can be a great way to talk through your childs fears
and worries, or to help them deal with their emotions.
Give them space to talk, and ask how they feel about
the situations in the story.
Have fun! Theres no right or wrong way to share a
story as long as you and your child are having fun.
Dont be afraid to act out situations or use funny
voices your little ones will love it!
You can find more tips at
Here are some handy websites to help keep you
informed, help you manage your own health &
wellbeing and keep you and your children occupied.
Information: Coronavirus updates -
Public Health England - Accessible information and
advice available in accessible formats including BSL,
Braille, large print and audio.
NHS COVID-19 - Up-to-date information from the NHS.
Which - Coronavirus advice from Which?
Staffordshire County Council -
Digital Unite COVID 19 Guide and Resources -
Health and Wellbeing:
Emerging Minds - Advice for parents and carers.
Every Mind Matters - Mental health advice and support
from the NHS.
Mind - Coronavirus and your wellbeing
Young Minds -
The Mix: Mental Health Support for young people-
Autism advice and support -
Things to do, reading, activities
and courses:
STEM Home Support Activities and ideas for families
and teachers:
DK Stay at Home Hub Great activities for children of
all ages and adults
Reading Friends Resources to keep you connected
from The Reading Agency
World Book Night Resources to celebrate. (23rd April)
at home
Learn My Way - Free courses to improve digital skills
Open Learn - Free course across a huge range of topics
from The Open University.
Future Learn - Free courses from Future Learn
Citizens Online - Resources from around the web to
help you stay in touch with family, friends or colleagues
or to help you to help others
BBC Bitesize Free online study resources for school
age children
BookTrust Home Time - Family activities, quizzes and
author readings
National Literacy Trust Family Zone Activities to
engage children at home with reading
Digital Unite COVID 19 Guide and Resources -
64 Million Artists Creative ideas for home
Craft Council Crafts for Home Schooling
Reading Well Collections
Libraries provide access to Reading Well collections.
You can find out more about Reading Well Shelf Help
and Reading Well for children at the end of this
resource pack
Did you know that many of The Reading Agencys
Reading Well Books on Prescription titles can be found
on Borrowbox, our eBooks service?
There are five national Reading Well schemes; Reading
Well for children, Reading Well for mental health,
Reading Well for long term conditions, Reading Well for
young people and Reading Well for dementia.
The books are all recommended and endorsed by health
experts, as well as by people living with the conditions
covered and their relatives and carers.
To find out more please visit
here you can explore the book lists and other
Please visit Borrowbox, either via the App on your
smart phone or tablet, or our eLibrary at
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Reading Well for children
Overview of the titles
Healthy minds
What's Going on Inside my Head? by Molly Potter, illustrated by Sarah
ISBN: 9781472959232 Format: Hardback Publication date: February 2019
Age range: 4+ Extent: 32 pages Other format: ebook 9781472966254,
XML ebook 9781472959218
We all know that healthy minds are really important but how do we make
sure we look after our mental health from a very young age? What's
Going On Inside My Head? is a book for children that explores practical
ways we can keep our minds in good shape as well as our bodies. By
talking about positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships, and mindfulness, this book will help
children develop healthy habits and good coping strategies from the start. Presented in a warm, child-
friendly but no-nonsense way, it will help establish solid foundations for every child's current and future
Healthy for Life: Self-esteem and mental health by Anna Claybourne, illustrated
by Dan Bramall
ISBN: 9781445149806 Format: Paperback Publication date: September 2017 Age
range: 9+ Extent: 32 pages
Growing up isn’t always easy – your brain is changing and there’s many things to
cope with from new emotions to stress. This book explores what is self-esteem
and mental health and why it’s important, looking at topics such as mental
illness, phobias, eating disorders and self-harm. It looks at techniques to deal
with issues including stress reduction, mindfulness and assertiveness.
How Not to Lose It: Mental Health Sorted by Anna Williamson, illustrated by
Sophie Beer
ISBN: 9781407193144 Format: Paperback Publication date: March 2019 Age
range: 9+ Extent: 176 pages Other format: ebook 9781407194264
Family. Friends. Exams. Are you finding life a struggle? At times, it can feel like
nothing but problems and pressure. But the good news is that even if you’re
struggling to think straight, you can learn to be the boss of your brain. Creating
healthy habits. Staying in the moment. Breaking negative thought patterns.
Finding things to be happy about. Tricks like this are like taking your mood to the
gym helping you feel good and bounce back from obstacles. Attitudes, fears,
stress levels: take charge of yours right now!
How Are You Feeling Today? by Molly Potter, illustrated by Sarah
ISBN: 9781472906090 Format: Hardback Publication date: July 2014
Age range: 0+ Extent: 32 pages Other format: ebook 9781472961860,
XML ebook 9781472961853
Children have strong feelings and they can't always handle them very
well. Perfect for sharing, How Are You Feeling Today? is packed with
fun, imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with a
whole range of different emotions. A great dip-in book where children
can choose a feeling that relates to them and then turn to the page that
provides child-friendly strategies for dealing with that feeling. Helpful parent/carer notes at the back of the
book provide more ideas for parents to use with their child and other strategies to try out together and
practice the all-important skill of dealing with feelings.
Mindful Me: Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis, illustrated by Elisa
ISBN: PB - 9781445157276, HB - 9781445157269 Format: Paperback and
Hardback Publication date: January 2018 Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
This mindfulness story book for children includes simple mindfulness
activities, which have been shown to help relieve stress and anxiety and
improve health and mental well-being. This book shows children how to
cope with different emotions, from anger and jealous, to sadness and
disappointment. The children are gently guided into mindfulness
exercises that encourage an exploration of emotions.
Feeling Angry! by Katie Douglass, illustrated by Mike Gordon
ISBN: 9781526300140 Format: Paperback Publication date: April 2019
Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
This picture book story explores feelings of anger in a light-hearted way
using everyday situations that children might be familiar with. This
book shows different reasons why young people might become angry,
illustrates scenarios of them behaving angrily, and gives advice on how
to calm anger in yourself and to be able to help other people.
Ideal for home or classroom, this book contains notes for parents and
teachers with suggestions of ways to help children deal with feeling
Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander
ISBN: 9781785924934 Format: Hardback Publication date: March 2018
Age range: 5+ Extent: 40 pages Other format: ebook 9781784508890
Feeling sad is, unfortunately, a part of everyone's life, and there's not
always an easy fix. This touching book helps explain to children that
they're not alone in feeling this way and is especially useful for children
who struggle to express their feelings.
Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
ISBN: PB - 9781408892152 HB - 9781408892138 Format: Paperback and Hardback
Publication date: July 2018 Age range: 0+ Extent: 32 pages Other format: ebook
Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first, it's not such a big
worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every
day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?
When Ruby makes a friend who has a worry too and talks about what's
bothering her, everything explodes with colour and the world goes back to normal. Ruby soon realises that
everybody gets worries, and they are nothing to be ashamed of.
This is a perceptive and poignant story about anxiety and how a problem shared is a problem halved.
Questions and Feelings About: Worries by Paul Christelis, illustrated by
Ximena Jeria
ISBN: 9781445163956 Format: Hardback Publication date: October 2018
Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
A gentle, down to earth book for addressing the things that can cause
children to be anxious and worried. Mindfulness expert Paul Christelis
expertly explores everyday situations in picture book form, helping children
to recognise signs of worry and giving them reassurance and simple
suggestions on how to cope with any worries.
Grobblechops by Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Jenny Lucander
ISBN: 9781910328415 Format: Hardback Publication date: February 2019
Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
Amir doesn’t want to go to bed. He is scared of the dark and afraid there
might be a monster under his bed; a monster called Grobblechops who
has huge teeth and growls like a tiger.
Dad reassures Amir that if he growls louder, the monster will go away
but Amir can’t help catastrophising and worrying that Grobblechops’s
mum and dad will join in the fight and eat him up. Luckily, Amir’s dad is a
bit of an expert when it comes to monsters, and can rationalise and defuse all his son’s anxiety to the point
where Grobblechops becomes a friend rather than a threat.
Stunning, collage-style illustrations reflect the quelling of Amir’s fears as Grobblechops and his parents
subtly mutate from frightening to friendly.
Me and My Fear written and illustrated by Francesca Sanna
ISBN: 9781911171539 Format: Hardback Publication date: September
2018 Age range: 5+ Extent: 40 pages
When a young girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new
school, her Fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to
make friends if she doesn't understand their language? A heart-warming
and relevant new tale from the bestselling author and illustrator of The
Journey, this book shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with
others - after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it's small
enough to fit into their pocket!
All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann
ISBN: 9781785921827 Format: Hardback Publication date: March 2017
Age range: 6+ Extent: 72 pages Other format: ebook 9781784504540
Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows,
and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious
beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All
Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to
explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-
day, and how to begin to deal with it. The combination of understanding
and gentle humour makes this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this
condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.
Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari, illustrated by Jane Ray
ISBN: 9781781126950 Format: Paperback Publication date: September 2017 Age
range: 8+ Extent: 80 pages
Amy May knows about webs of worries - so many people she meets are caught in
them, from her own artist dad to newly arrived refugee Rima and her family. By
being brave enough to open up her worry box, Amy May helps all those around her
find a way forward. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic
Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Kara McHale
ISBN: 9781785927829 Format: Paperback Publication date: October 2017 Age
range: 9+ Extent: 112 pages Other format: ebook 9781784507022
Worry has a way of growing, shifting from not-a-big-deal to a VERY BIG DEAL in the
blink of an eye. This big-deal Worry is tricky, luring children into behaviours that
keep the anxiety cycle going. Children often find it hard to fight back against Worry,
but not anymore. Outsmarting Worry teaches 9-13-year olds and the adults who
care about them a specific set of skills that makes it easier to face - and overcome -
worries and fears. Smart, practical, proven techniques are presented in language
immediately accessible to children with an emphasis on shifting from knowing to doing, from worried to
happy and free.
The world around you
At school
Dealing With Bullying by Jane Lacey, illustrated by Venitia Dean
ISBN: 9781445157498 Format: Paperback Publication date: January 2019 Age
range: 7+ Extent: 32 pages
This book teaches readers how to deal with bullies and make sure they don't give in
to peer pressure to bully others. It features seven stories from children who have a
range of bullying problems from a girl who is being left out by her friends to a boy
bullied for the way he speaks. It features both verbal and physical bullying. The
stories help readers understand and empathise with characters, while also offering
practical advice that readers can use in their everyday lives. The end of the book features a short playscript
to act out and discuss.
Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian, illustrated by Nasaya
ISBN: 9781444951226 Format: Paperback Publication date: April 2019 Age range:
6+ Extent: 224 pages Other format: ebook 9781444951233 audiobook
Planet Omar is a book about being different, growing friendships and overcoming
Omar has just moved into a new house with his family: sticky-fingered little brother Esa, snooty older sister
Maryam and his scientist parents. Going to a new school turns out to be okay, apart from the fact that class
bully Daniel tells Omar that because he's a Muslim, he's going to be kicked out of the country and will have
to go and live in Pakistan. Understandably worried, Omar asks his cousin if that's true, and both hope it
isn't, because there's a distinct lack of good pizza there. Plus, there's mean Mrs Rogers next door who
complains loudly about Omar's mum frying onions.
Yet when mean Mrs Rogers has an accident, Omar's family is there to help. And when Omar and bully
Daniel get stranded on a school trip in London, Omar realises that Danny isn't so tough after all...
Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe
ISBN: 9781788000338 Format: Paperback Publication date: May 2018 Age range:
8+ Extent: 240 pages Other format: ebook 9781788000345
Ella is facing some big changes. She's just had to start at a new school, she's moved
away from her best friend Grace, her eczema is acting up, and on top of all that, she
has a huge secret to keep about her family. So, when Lydia, the most popular girl in
school, wants to start hanging out, things must be on the up... right?
The only problem is, Lydia really wants to know what Ella's hiding and she's also
desperate for intel on the quiet girl in class, Molly. So just how far will Ella go to
keep her new friendship?
Ella on the Outside is a hugely relatable tale that will strike a chord with anyone who has felt the pressure
to please a new friend or has struggled to fit in. Ella makes mistakes, but she's also hugely likeable, and
author Cath Howe perfectly captures her anxieties and worries.
#Goldilocks by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross
ISBN: PB 9781783448784 HB 9781783447176 Format: Paperback
and Hardback Publication date: February 2019 Age range: 3+ Extent:
304 pages
Everyone loves Goldilocks’ hilarious online videos, but in her quest to
get more likes, more laughs and more hits, she tries something a little
more daring: stealing porridge #pipinghot, breaking chairs #fun, and
using someone else’s bed #sleep. What will Daddy Bear do when he
sees that online?
A hilarious cautionary tale for a new generation of internet-users from the prize-winning partnership of
Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross, the third of its kind following Chicken Clicking and Troll Stinks.
In the news
Something Bad Happened: A Kid’s Guide to Coping with Events in the News by
Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Kara McHale
ISBN: 9781787750746 Format: Paperback Publication date: September 2019 Age
range: 6+ Extent: 80 pages
Full of advice for children who may be worried about events in the news, this guide
from best-selling author Dawn Huebner offers advice for having tough
conversations with 6-12 year olds about world events such as natural disasters,
terrorism and war. It addresses common questions and provides tools to calm
Dealing with tough times
When someone dies
Mum’s Jumper by Jayde Perkin
ISBN: 9781911496137 Format: Hardback Publication date: August 2019 Age range:
4+ Extent: 32 pages
If Mum has gone, how do you carry on? Missing her feels like a dark cloud that
follows you around, or like swimming to a shore that never comes any nearer. But
memories are like a jumper that you can cuddle and wear. And Mum s jumper
might be a way to keep her close.
A simple, heartfelt and ultimately uplifting book for anyone coping with loss.
Michael Rosen’s Sad Book by Michael Rosen, illustrated by Quentin Blake
ISBN: 9781406317848 Format: Paperback Publication date: March 2011 Age
range: 5+ Extent: 40 pages
Michael Rosen's Sad Book chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son Eddie
from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity,
it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects
the art of making complicated feelings plain.
If All the World Were by Joseph Coelho, illustrated by Allison Colpoys
ISBN: 9781786036513 Format: Paperback Publication date: January 2019
Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages Other format: ebook 9781786033925
A moving, lyrical picture book about a young girl's love for her granddad and
how she copes when he dies, written by poet and playwright Joseph Coelho.
This beautifully illustrated, powerful and ultimately uplifting text is the ideal
way to introduce children to the concept of death and dying, particularly
children who have lost a grandparent.
Clownfish by Alan Durant
ISBN: 9781406374629 Format: Paperback Publication date: November 2018 Age
range: 10+ Extent: 224 pages Other format: ebook 9781406381900
Dak's dad has been dead for seven days when suddenly he reappears. He's the same
in almost every way, with one startling exception: Dad has turned into a clownfish,
and now lives in a tank at their local aquarium. Dak is delighted by the news he has
Dad back, even if he isn't quite as he was before. Deciding to keep Dad's
transformation a secret, Dak visits him at the aquarium as often as he can and ends
up spending so much time there that they offer him a job. This is how he comes to
meet Violet, the owner's prickly but kind-hearted niece; when the aquarium is threatened with closure, the
pair must work together to save it. For Dak, the stakes couldn't be higherafter all, if the aquarium shuts
down, what will happen to the fish?
Getting through a tough time
The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself by Ali Redford, illustrated by Kara
ISBN: 9781849056830 Format: Hardback Publication date: November 2015 Age
range: 4+ Extent: 32 pages Other format: ebook 9781784502003
Boy built a wall to keep himself safe. Behind it he felt strong and more protected.
Then Someone Kind came along. She bounced a ball, sang and painted on the
other side of the wall, and Boy began to wonder if life on the other side might be
better after all. Written for children aged 4 to 9, this gentle full-colour picture book
uses a simple metaphor to explain how children who have had painful or traumatic
experiences can build barriers between themselves and other people. It will help children explore their
feelings and encourage communication.
Up and Down Mum by Child’s Play, illustrated by Summer Macon
ISBN: 9781786283399 Format: Paperback Publication date: October
2019 Age range: 3+ Extent: 36 pages
Living with Mum is a bit like a roller coaster ride. At times, she is excited
and full of energy, but at others, she is tired and withdrawn. But she’s
always my mum, and we’re sharing the ride. For children who grow up
in the care of a parent with mental health problems, life can be filled
with anxiety and uncertainty. With the aid of a clear and simple
information spread, this story helps us to understand the causes of
mental illness and how we can learn to live with someone who has it.
Developed in close consultation with families with parental mental health conditions and created in
collaboration with the Wellcome Trust.
The Colour Thief: A Familys Story of Depression by Andrew Fusek Peters
and Polly Peters, illustrated by Karin Littlewood
ISBN: 9780750280532 Format: Paperback Publication date: April 2015 Age
range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
The Colour Thief is a simple, heart-warming tale which helps to open up the
conversations around depression and to support young children whose
families have been affected.
We follow a young boy who loves spending time with his dad, doing fun
things together. When his father becomes sad and distant, he doesn't
understand and believes he has done something to make his dad so, despite being told otherwise. Narrated
from the child's perspective, this is the perfect book to read with children who are trying to understand the
cause and effects of depression and reassure them that depression passes, and their parents are not lost to
When you have a diagnosis
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Can I Tell You About ADHD? by Susan Yarney, illustrated by Chris Martin
ISBN: 9781849053594 Format: Hardback Publication date: January 2013 Age
range: 7+ Extent: 64 pages Other format: ebook 9780857007087
Meet Ben - a young boy with ADHD. Ben invites readers to learn about ADHD from
his perspective. He helps children understand what it means to have ADHD and
describes what it is and how it feels. Ben explains how he was diagnosed and what
he has learnt about ways to relieve his ADHD symptoms, and how friends and
adults can help at home and school. This illustrated book is full of useful
information and will be an ideal introduction for young people, aged 7 upwards, as
well as parents, friends, teachers and professionals working with children with
ADHD. It is also an excellent starting point for family and classroom discussions.
Check Mates by Stewart Foster
ISBN: 9781471172236 Format: Paperback Publication date: June 2019 Extent:
352 pages Age range: 9+ Other format: ebook 9781471172243
Felix is struggling at school. His ADHD makes it hard for him to concentrate and his
grades are slipping. Everyone keeps telling him to try harder, but no one seems to
understand just how hard he finds it. When Mum suggests Felix spends time with
his grandfather, Felix can’t think of anything worse. Granddad hasn’t been the
same since Grandma died. Plus, he’s always trying to teach Felix boring chess. But
sometimes the best lessons come in the most unexpected of places, and
Granddad soon shows Felix that there’s everything to play for.
Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
Questions and Feelings About: Autism by Louise Spilsbury, illustrated by
Ximena Jeria
ISBN: 9781445156590 Format: Hardback Publication date: January 2018
Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
This book explores the many aspects of autism in a child-friendly way. It
offers practical help, tips and advice as well as exploring everyday
situations, supported by, exquisite and approachable illustrations to give
a comforting story book feel, particularly suited to 5-7-year olds, but with
scope to appeal to both younger and older children. A perfect aid to help
children open up and explore how they feel and give steps they can take
to help them cope.
M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin
ISBN: 9781849056847 Format: Paperback Publication date: July 2015 Age range:
9+ Extent: 96 pages Other format: ebook 9781784501983
M. That's what I'd like you to call me please. I'll tell you why later. Welcome to M's
world. It's tipsy-turvy, sweet and sour, and the beast of anxiety lurks outside
classrooms ready to pounce. M just wants to be like other teenagers her age who
always know what to say and what to do. So why does it feel like she lives on a
different plane of existence to everyone else? Written by the students of
Limpsfield Grange, a school for girls with Autism Spectrum Disorder with
communication and interaction difficulties, M is for Autism draws on real life
experiences to create a heartfelt and humorous novel that captures the highs and
lows of being different in a world of normal.
The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People by Kate Power & Kathy
Iwanczak Forsyth
ISBN: 9781785923302 Format: Hardback Publication date: September 2017 Age
group: 7+ Extent: 96 pages Other format: ebook 9781784506476
Use this guide to weed out what dyslexia means for you and discover the tools you
need to blossom! Dyslexia comes to life with visual imagery and colourful text in this
new book on what dyslexia means, how it feels, what to do about it, and how to
learn to embrace it. This beautifully designed book, complete with stunning visuals
and gentle humour, approaches the subject of dyslexia in a simple and encouraging way for all age groups.
By showing what dyslexia is and asking the reader how it applies to them, this book offers a fun and
engaging means of working out how dyslexia affects the individual specifically, with a multitude of learning
tools and tips, and a gallery of inspirational dyslexics who have used their particular skills to do something
amazing with their lives.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Double Felix by Sally Harris, illustrated by Maria Serrano
ISBN: 9781999903305 Format: Paperback Publication date: March 2018 Age
range: 7+ Extent: 192 pages
He skips every second step when he takes the stairs, taps door handles twice and
positions objects in pairs. The problem has become so bad that Felix is on the
verge of being expelled from school because the principal has had enough of
trying to run the school around his very specific rules. Then Charlie Pye arrives
and turns his world upside down. She is grown up with very few rules. She eats
cereal for lunch, calls a boat home, and has a very loose interpretation of school
uniform. The question is, can Felix ever learn to be wrong when he is so obsessed
with being right?
Having a disability
Questions and Feelings About: Having a Disability by Louise Spilsbury,
illustrated by Ximena Jeria
ISBN: 9781445156613 Format: Hardback Publication date: December
2018 Age range: 5+ Extent: 32 pages
How do you help a young child deal with disability or explain what that
means? This hands-on picture book is designed to help children with
their questions and feelings about tricky topics that can be hard to talk
about. The exquisite and approachable illustrations to give a comforting
story book feel. A perfect aid to help children open up and explore how
they feel and steps they can take to help them cope.
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Recommended reading
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Wellbeing - Mental health - Coping
Feeling Fine - Self-esteem - Learning about Life
Blame My Brain
Nicola Morgan
Walker Books
Mind Your Head
Juno Dawson
Hot Key Books
Stu That Sucks
Ben Sedley
My Anxious Mind
Michael Tompkins and Katherine
Magination Press
The Shyness and Social Anxiety
Workbook for Teens
Jennifer Shannon
New Harbinger
Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and
Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD
Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern
Magination Press
The Self-Esteem
Team’s Guide
to Sex, Drugs
and WTFs?!!
Self-Esteem Team
John Blake Publishing
Every Day
David Levithan
Electric Monkey
House of Windows
Alexia Casale
Faber & Faber
I’ll Give You
the Sun
Jandy Nelson
Walker Books
Kite Spirit
Sita Brahmachari
Macmillan Children’s
Quiet the Mind
Matthew Johnstone
The Anxiety Survival
Guide for Teens
Jennifer Shannon
New Harbinger
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky
Simon & Schuster
Freaks, Geeks
and Asperger
Luke Jackson
Jessica Kingsley
The Curious
Incident of the Dog
in the Night-Time
Mark Haddon
The Reason I Jump
Naoki Higashida
Can I Tell You About
Eating Disorders?
Bryan Lask and Lucy
Jessica Kingsley
Banish Your Body
Image Thief
Kate Collins-Donnelly
Jessica Kingsley
Lesley Fairfield
Walker Books
Banish Your Self-
Esteem Thief
Kate Collins-Donnelly
Jessica Kingsley
Am I Depressed
and What Can I
Do About It?
Shirley Reynolds and
Monika Parkinson
Don’t Let Your Emotions
Run Your Life for Teens
Sheri Van Dijk
New Harbinger
Bullies, Cyberbullies
and Frenemies
Michele Elliott
and Being You
Anita Naik
Can I Tell You
About Depression?
Christopher Dowrick
and Susan Martin
Jessica Kingsley
True Stories by Teens About Bullying
Ed. Hope Vanderberg
Free Spirit
Benjamin Zephaniah
I Had a Black Dog
Matthew Johnstone
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Breaking Free
from OCD
Jo Derisley and others
Jessica Kingsley
The Truth About Self-Harm
Celia Richardson
Mental Health Foundation
The Unlikely Hero
of Room 13B
Teresa Toten
Walker Books
Touch and Go Joe
Joe Wells
Jessica Kingsley
Fighting Invisible Tigers
Earl Hipp
Free Spirit
The Teenage Guide to Stress
Nicola Morgan
Walker Books
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