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Derbyshire library initiative to help children with their mental health and wellbeing

Published: 3 February 2020

Libraries in Derbyshire are taking part in a national scheme to help children look after their mental health and wellbeing.


Reading Well for Children is a list of books that have been carefully selected to support youngsters who need help through difficult times and strategies to boost their mental health and wellbeing.

A launch event takes place at Chesterfield Library on Saturday 8 February 2020.

The official launch of the book list and Derbyshire Libraries’ Reading Well for Children book collections will be at 1pm but other events will be taking place throughout the day including:

  • story times on the theme of 'Finding your Brave'
  • creative writing and comic workshops
  • colouring and craft activities for all ages

Derbyshire County Councillor Barry Lewis, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism, said:

“There is a lot of evidence about the value of reading to benefit mental health and wellbeing. And Derbyshire libraries have long been a welcoming space to find information and activities to help tackle life’s challenges.”

Children and carers will be signposted to relevant sources of information, and collections of books providing help and advice will be on display in our libraries for them to borrow.

Reading Well for Children will give youngsters, and their families, information, advice and support to cope with feelings, worries, daily life and getting through a tough period.

The books have been chosen by leading health professionals working with children and families. The book selection panel included people from public libraries, NHS England, Mind, the Royal College of GPs and the School Library Association.

The 33 books include:

  • What’s Going on Inside my Head by Molly Potter
  • Mindful Me: Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
  • The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself by Ali Redford
  • Dealing with Bullying by Jane Lacey

The book list is targeted at children in key stage 2 (aged 7 to 11) but includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and families.

For more information, or if you would like to attend the launch event, please email: anna.cotsell@derbyshire or tel: 01629 536524.

Reading Well was developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected. It is funded by Arts Council England.