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Reading Well for Children

Reading Well for children recommends reading to help children understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times. The books have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians. They are endorsed by leading health organisations such as NHS England, Mind and the Royal College of GPs.
The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) and includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

You will find the collection in Bedford Central Library, Kempston Library, and Leighton Buzzard Library Putnoe Library, but don't forget it is free to request a book if you are under 16.

Click on the book cover to see which libraries have copies, or request for free if you are under 16.

Healthy Minds

What's Going On Inside My Head? by Molly Porter and Sarah Jennings

What's Going On Inside My Head? by Molly Porter and Sarah Jennings
Age : 4+

Self-esteem and Mental Health by Anna Claybourne and Dan Brammall

Self-esteem and Mental Health by Anna Claybourne and Dan Brammall
Age: 9+

How Not To Lose It: Mental Health Sorted by Anna Williamson and Sophie Beer

How Not To Lose It: Mental Health Sorted by Anna Williamson and Sophie Beer
Age: 9+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Feelings

How Are You Feeling Today? by Molly Porter and Sarah Jennings

How Are You Feeling Today? by Molly Porter and Sarah Jennings
Age : 4+

Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis and Elisa Paganelli

Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis and Elisa Paganelli
Age: 5+

Feeling Angry! by Katie Douglass and Mike Gordon

Feeling Angry! by Katie Douglass and Mike Gordon
Age: 5+

Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander

Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander
Age: 5+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worries

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival
Age: 4+

Worries by Paul Christelis and Ximena Jeria

Worries by Paul Christelis and Ximena Jeria
Age: 5+

Grobblechops by Elizabeth Laird and Jenny Lucander

Grobblechops by Elizabeth Laird and Jenny Lucander
Age: 5+

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna

Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
Age: 5+

All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann

All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann
Age: 6+

Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari

Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari
Age: 8+

Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner and Kara McHale

Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner and Kara McHale
Age: 9+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At School

Dealing with Bullying by Jane Lacey and Venitia Dean

Dealing with Bullying by Jane Lacey and Venitia Dean
Age: 7+

Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian

Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian
Age: 6+

The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People by Kate Power and Kathy Iwanczak Forsyth

The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and Its Amazing People by Kate Power and Kathy Iwanczak Forsyth
Age: 7+

Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe

Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe
Age: 8+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online

#Goldilocks by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross

#Goldilocks by Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross
Age: 3+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In The News

Something Bad Happened by Dawn Huebner and Kara McHale

Something Bad Happened by Dawn Huebner and Kara McHale
Age: 6+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Someone Dies

Mum's Jumper by Jayde Perkin

Mum's Jumper by Jayde Perkin
Age: 4+

Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen

Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen
Age: 5+

Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari

Worry Angels by Sita Brahmachari
Age: 8+

If All The World Were... by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

If All The World Were... by Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys
Age: 5+

Clownfish by Alan Durant

Clownfish by Alan Durant
Age: 10+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting Through a Tough Time

The Boy Who Built a Wall by Ali Redford and Kara Simpson

The Boy Who Built a Wall by Ali Redford and Kara Simpson
Age: 4+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tough Times at Home

Up and Down Mum by Child's Play and Wellcome Trust and Summer Macon

Up and Down Mum by Child's Play and Wellcome Trust and Summer Macon
Age: 3+

The Colour Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters and Karin Littlewood

The Colour Thief by Andrew Fusek Peters, Polly Peters and Karin Littlewood
Age: 5+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Can I Tell You About ADHD? by Susan Yarney and Chris Martin

Can I Tell You About ADHD? by Susan Yarney and Chris Martin
Age: 7+

Check Mates by Stewart Foster

Check Mates by Stewart Foster
Age: 9+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Autism by Louise Spilsbury

Autism by Louise Spilsbury
Age: 5+

M for Autism by Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin

M for Autism by Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin
Age: 9+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Double Felix by Sally Harris and Maria Serrano

Double Felix by Sally Harris and Maria Serrano
Age: 7+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a Disability

Having a Disability by Louise Spilsbury and Ximena Jeria

Having a Disability by Louise Spilsbury and Ximena Jeria
Age: 5+

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Page last updated: 3rd February 2020