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Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week

30th April 2020

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It's so worrying as a parent when you see a child struggling with anxiety. The Mental Health Foundation is running Mental Health Awareness Week from 18-24th May and it's a great opportunity to open up a discussion about mental health in your family. We have used a variety of children's books at home to help with mental health, from poignant picture books through to practical activity books. They've helped us understand both what causes anxiety as well as giving strategies to deal with anxiety on a day to day basis.

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2020-05-15
Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week
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The Worrysaurus

A fun and reassuring tale about dealing with worries from the author of the bestselling The Lion Inside.

It's a beautiful day and Worrysaurus has planned a special picnic.

But it isn't long before a small butterfly of worry starts fluttering in his tummy . . .
What if he hasn't brought enough to eat?
What if he gets lost in the jungle?
What if he trips and falls?
What if it rains?!

Can Worrysaurus find a way to chase his fears away and have fun?

The perfect book to help every anxious little dinosaur let go of their fears and feel happy in the moment.

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My Monster and Me

The very first picture book from the winner of The Great British Bake Off and national treasure, Nadiya Hussain, beautifully illustrated by Ella Bailey.

A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?

Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.

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Attack of the Heebie Jeebies

Meet the Dream Team! Turning nightmares into incredible adventures!

Erika's had a bad day. But going to sleep upset means bad dreams. She finds herself stranded in the Dreamscape along with a mob of hungry Heebie Jeebies - and to make matters worse, she's being hunted by a terrifying Angermare!

Enter the Dream Team! Can they help Erika overcome her worries and get home, or will she be trapped forever?

Attack of the Heebie Jeebies is the first in a fun and engaging colour illustrated series from Tom Percival, exploring anxiety in in children through action and adventure.

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Love Your Body

What if every young girl loved her body? Love Your Body encourages you to admire and celebrate your body for all the amazing things it can do (like laugh, cry, hug and feel) and to help you see that you are so much more than your body.

Bodies come in all different forms and abilities . All these bodies are different and all these bodies are good bodies . There is no size, ability or colour that is perfect. What makes you different makes you, you - and you are amazing!

Love Your Body introduces the language of self-love and self-care to help build resilience, while representing and celebrating diverse bodies , encouraging you to appreciate your uniqueness . This book was written for every girl, regardless of how you view your body. All girls deserve to be equipped with the tools to navigate an image-obsessed world.

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Love Monster

Featuring the only Monster in Cutesville, LOVE MONSTER is a wonderfully warm and witty look at how sometimes, when you least expect it, love finds you... From a phenomenal picture book talent.

It can be tough being the only funny-looking Monster in Cutesville, but this Monster is not one to hang around and feel sorry for himself, so he's off - out into the big wide world to look for someone to love him.
He looks high, he looks low and he looks everywhere in-between, but it's only when he's just about to give up that he finally finds what he is looking for...

Featuring an instantly charming main character who will appeal to children and adults alike, LOVE MONSTER is a warm and witty tale about the power of taking action.

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The Good Thing About Bad Days

A warming practical book full of advice, suggested activities and encouraging messages to help young children (5-9 years) express and cope with their emotions, to reassure them about handling situations and to raise their self-esteem. With a repetitive mantra that: The good thing about bad days is-that they come to an end.

Space is provided for children to draw or jot down their thoughts and responses. Scattered throughout are verses from Psalms and other books of the Bible, and quotations from other sources.

There is a parent section providing additional advice by a Christian children's counsellor, and a list of websites and contacts as resources and support for children and parents.

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Picture Books (Fiction)

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Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Picture Books (Non-Fiction)

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Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Reference, Non-fiction & Activity Books

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Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Young Fiction

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Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Older Fiction

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Recommended Children's Books for Mental Health Awareness Week

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