• Top 24 books for children

     

    Here’s our children and young people’s team top 24 books for children to help and support them through difficult times, understand feelings and mental health problems.

Floss and the boss.  Catherine Lawler (2021)

Written for primary-aged children, this book helps children understand domestic abuse and coercive control through the story of puppy Floss.

 

Arlie and the witch of Hookety Crook.   Charlie Claydon (2020)

This illustrated book explores mental health and contains some self-care activities to support healthier minds.

 

Coronavirus memories: a children’s workbook.  Zoe Graham (2020)

Written by Dr Zoë Graham, an experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist, this workbook touches on many of the difficulties faced by young people during the pandemic.

 

Something bad happened: a kid’s guide to coping with events in the news.  Dawn Huebner (2020)

Great for children aged 6 to 12 and their adults to talk about the events and disasters in the news.

 

Help: my feelings are too big: making sense of yourself and the world after a difficult start in life: for children with attachment issues.  K.L. Aspden (2019)

This book helps children learn about emotions like anxiety, attachment disorders or overcoming early trauma.

 

Up and down mum. Summer Maçon (2019)

A story that helps children to understand bipolar disorder and how we can learn to live with someone who has it.

 

The unworry book.  Alice James (2019)

Great activity book to help calm children, with activities including creating worry box, making a mood grid and mindfulness colouring, doodling and mazes.

 

Mum’s jumper.  Jayde Perkin (2019)

A heartfelt and uplifting story for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one.

 

Herman… and the magical bus to Sadsville.  Martin Roberts (2019)

A book that helps promote problem solving skills and to get children to think outside of the box.

 

Mud boy: a story about bullying.  Sarah Siggs (2019)

For ages 5 and up showing how children can go from being joyfully buoyant to totally deflated when being bullied and teased and offering advice to get them back to their best.

 

Cleo the crocodile: activity book for children aged 5-10.  Karen Treisman (2019)

This book will help children to understand their own defences, how to trust others and begin to invest in relationships so they can let others be close again.

 

Gilly the giraffe: self-esteem activity book for children aged 5-10.  Karen Treisman (2019)

A story and activity book to help children boost their self-esteem and confidence.

 

Neon the ninja: activity book for children who struggle with sleep and nightmares. Karen Treisman (2019)

Great for any child or young person who struggles with nightmares and problems sleeping.

 

Presley the pug: relaxation activity book.  Karen Treisman (2019)

A story of a pug whose feelings take over, with tips on how to help children regulate their own emotions and find calm.

 

Sometimes I feel sad.  Tom Alexander (2018)

This book explains to children that they’re not alone if they feel sad and don’t know why – especially good for any children who struggle to express their feelings.

 

Perry panda: a story about parental depression.  Helen Bashford (2018)

A story designed to help young children understand a parent or carer’s depression and reassures them that it is not their fault.

 

I won’t go with strangers.  Dagmar Geisler (2018)

This illustrated book helps teach children about ‘safe’ adults and how to create one with their parents or carer’s.

 

Mindful little yogis: self-regulation tools to empower kids with special needs to breathe and relax.  Nicola Harvey (2018)

Child-friendly yoga and mindfulness exercises for anyone 4+.

 

The mermaid who couldn’t.  Ali Redford (2018)

Written for children aged 4+, this picture book uses a simple metaphor to show how children who have experienced neglect or who lack confidence can learn to find a sense of self-worth.

 

Vincent the vixen.  Alice Reeves (2018)

Helps children learn about gender identity and aims to eliminate prejudices and encourage acceptance in young children.

 

Two mums.  Carolyn Robertson (2018)

A story celebrates the diversity of LGBT family life with humour and warmth – all families are special in their own way.

 

It’s my body.  Louise Spilsby (2018)

In this book, children will learn that their body belongs to them and they can say ‘no’ if they don’t want anyone to touch their body and respecting other’s boundaries.

 

Super coach Arty vs. the shadow: taking the fear out of failure.  Lorraine Thomas (2018)

A great book for ages 8 – 12, especially those who have a fear of failure.

 

How monsters wish to feel: a story about emotional resilience.  Juliette Ttofa (2018)

A story about a journey to develop emotional resilience.

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