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 higher… after 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and full of energy, but at others, she is tired and withdrawn.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.