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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. It's a collection of books that have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians and are endorsed by leading health organisations such as NHS England, Mind and the Royal College of GPs.

The book list is aimed at children in key stage 2 (aged 7 to 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. The titles are designed to provide starting points for conversations and to encourage children to open up about feelings and emotions.

The list includes 33 books that provide general information and advice about:

  • maintaining good mental health and wellbeing
  • understanding and managing feelings, and dealing with worries
  • navigating the world around you, including at school, online and in the news
  • dealing with tough times, including when someone dies, trauma, and when a parent or carer has mental health needs
  • living well with specific diagnosed conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities

You can find the books at your local library or reserve them online. Complete collections will be held at:

Fun activities designed to promote children’s health and wellbeing, including story times, creative writing, poetry, and graphic novel workshops. Colouring and crafts activities will be on offer. Contact the libraries direct for details.

Further sources of information, advice and support

The following websites provide more wellbeing advice and support for young people and their carers:

  • Kooth - free safe and anonymous online support for young people
  • Qwell - online support and wellbeing for adults