Toppsta - Childrens Books – Reviews

View all Blogs
Featured Books

Best books by age

Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

colourful umbrella protecting child from the rain

We are all aware that looking after our mental health has never been more important. Mental Health Awareness Week (9th - 15th May 2022) is the perfect time to reflect on how we are feeling and support people around us, including our children. This year's focus is loneliness.

It's so worrying as a parent when you see a child struggling with anxiety and many are going to be feeling wobbly about life opening up again and being back at school after spending so much time at home this year. Children's books are a fantastic way to help children with anxiety and to spark conversations about mental health in general. 

We use many at home, 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.

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week
Book pages Placeholder Book

We Feel Happy: A fantastic first book of feelings!

A fantastic first book of feelings that introduces little ones to a wide range of emotions. Why are the animals happy? What has made them feel sad? What do YOU feel excited about? We feel happy when reading our favourite book. We feel calm when we have a bath. We feel excited when we go to a party! We Feel Happy is the perfect book for starting a conversation about feelings with children. The animals are experiencing lots of different emotions, from the hippos who are excited to visit their friends to the shark who is grumpy about brushing its teeth. Includes learning hooks such as counting, first words and recognising animals, interactive speech bubbles, prompts and ideas on how to process and understand our emotions and lots of interesting things to spot on every page. ______________________________________________________________________ Vibrantly illustrated by the talented Katie Abey, illustrator of We Wear Pants, We Eat Bananas and We Catch the Bus and perfect for fans of You Choose and Just Imagine. We Feel Happy includes the feelings: happy, calm, worried, shy, curious, grumpy, sad, scared, sorry, excited and a guide written by early years specialist, Dr Helen Lewis, with lots of useful information for speaking to children about their emotions.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Has Anyone Seen Archie Ebbs?

Archie Ebbs has the perfect life. Good friends, a nice home and classmates who laugh at (nearly) all his jokes. But all that is about to change. As his family faces upheaval, Archie realises he will have to leave behind so much that he knows and loves, even his cat, Dinger. And soon Archie has other worries ... is he really starting to become invisible?

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Diary of a Brilliant Kid: Top Secret Guide to Awesomeness

Life, the Universe and Awesomeness

Diary of a Brilliant Kid is the "tweenager's" atlas for navigating life. This interactive collection of stories, quotes, theories and yes, science, guides you through the difficult years between ages 8 and 12 to help you make sense of yourself and the world around you. Everything is changing! And that's okay! It's actually more than okay - it's exciting . These changes are the opening salvo of your gradual transition into "grownup," and it's the perfect time to define who you are, how you think and how you choose to face the world. Is it a lot? Yes. But this book can help you sort things out and come out the other side shining.

The journal format gives away the plot; Spoiler Alert: the Brilliant Kid is you . No matter how you feel, no matter what's happening in your head right now, you are not broken. You are a unique collection of talents and dreams and wants and surprises, and you have an entire lifetime ahead of you - aren't you curious to discover just how awesome life can be? This book takes you inside your own head, out into the world and everywhere your dreams may take you.

  • Learn how to make the kinds of choices that make you feel alive
  • Conquer the three R's of happiness: relationships, relationships and relationships
  • Get a handle on today, tomorrow and what comes next
  • Bounce back from the tough stuff, and discover the seven words that will change your life

There's a lot to learn, but one lesson is clear: never be afraid to shine. Stand up, stand out and be spectacular - whatever that means to you. Diary of a Brilliant Kid gives you the map and compass so you can start your own journey today.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

The Worrying Worries

Praise for The Problem With Problems: 'A masterclass in how to do children's self help well... the medicine will go down very easily' TELEGRAPH What happens when you get a Worry? They can follow you around everywhere, and they are HUNGRY. They feed on your fears and put sad thoughts in your head until they've grown so big, it can be hard to get anything done! Luckily, the Worry Expert knows exactly what to do. The second in the series by CLPE award-winning children's poet Rachel Rooney. Also in the series: The Problem With Problems The Fears You Fear

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Ruby's Worry: A Big Bright Feelings Book

Be open, be honest, be you! Big Bright Feelings for little people. Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again? A perceptive and poignant story that is a must-have for all children's bookshelves. From Tom Percival's bestselling Big Bright Feelings series, this is the perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

The Insiders

Secrets. Lies. Promises. Sometimes keeping things inside is dangerous. Callie, Ted, Zara, and Nico are best friends. More than friends - they're like family to each other. But since being embarrassed at school in a practical joke gone wrong, Ted has stopped talking to the rest of the gang. And when Callie, Zara and Nico discover that someone has been living in their school, and sleeping in the building at night, they decide to investigate - without Ted. A wise, heartwarming story of friendship and family, from the highly-acclaimed author of Ella on the Outside, Not My Fault, and How to be Me.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

My Heart & Other Breakables: How I lost my mum, found my dad, and made friends with catastrophe

The hilarious and deeply moving diary novel from bestselling author Alex Barclay - this might just be the funniest book ever to make you cry your eyes out.

This is the diary of me, Ellery Brown, aged fifteen and a half. I'm supposed to use it to record my feelings about my mum, since she died. So why do I keep thinking about who my dad might be, instead . . . ?

I have so much STUFF to think about - including a whole new life in Ireland. So why can I not stop thinking about my DAD? Especially because it it so weird to think about someone you don't know. Like, literally, I have NO IDEA who my dad is.

My best friend Meg has narrowed it down to three authors my mum knew. (She was an author too.) But they're not just in different countries; they're on different CONTINENTS. Which means fake IDs, passports, plane tickets, and somehow getting away from my self-obsessed grandmother . . .

One thing's for sure: this year is going to be INTERESTING.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

A Head Full of Everything: Inspiration for Teenagers With the World on Their Mind

Welcome to life. Teenage life. The most awkward 7 years you'll ever have; 84 months of change, 364 weeks of weird and 2,555 days of scrolling and inconvenience. In the grand scheme of life, it's not a lot. Unless you're an actual teenager, in which case, it's EVERYTHING!

"It's the best years of your life!" they tell us.

And yet, while it should be, for so many it just doesn't feel like it. For most it's an emotional assault course of acceptance, stress, anxiety, heartbreak and peer pressure, all whilst navigating the 'hashtagony' of social media. Misunderstood by society and misrepresented by the media, teenagers have it tough.

A Head Full of Everything demonstrates that being a teenager doesn't have to suck. And when it does, there's some cool things you can do to make it suck a little less. This book will challenge you to embrace your inner weird, to never grow up, be true to yourself, protect your mental health and be sure that for your 7 glorious teenage years, you act your age. Literally.

Bestselling author, award-winning comedian and international keynote speaker, Gavin Oattes has written a personal development title for teens with a difference - there's no waffle, no dad chat, no fluff. Full of hilarious, real-life inspiration and a few crazy ideas along the way, A Head Full of Everything will leave you feeling motivated, energised and reassured that nobody has life all figured out.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

Super Sub

New boy Smithy can't understand why everyone is so excited about a player on the football team called "Bengo." He's been absent for the first few games of the season and starts the next game on the bench, so surely he can't be that special?

But when their coach pulls Smithy off and sends Bengo on in his place, Smithy gets a chance to see him in action. Bengo is easily the best player Smithy's ever seen, putting in perfect crosses and generally running the opposition ragged.

So why is Bengo left on the bench so often, and why does he seem to bottle it when any strong tackles come his way?

An engaging football story accompanied by fascinating facts about famous substitutes, from reluctant-reader favourite Alan Gibbons.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

When Shadows Fall

The Times' Best Books for Children 2021

"How quickly teenagers fall apart - and how fast they can heal. This is the hopeful message from Sita Brahmachari, a writer who mixes verse and prose to tell stories that stick." - Alex O'Connell, The Times

Kai, Orla and Zak grew up together, their days spent on the patch of wilderness in between their homes, a small green space in a sprawling grey city. Music, laughter and friendship bind them together and they have big plans for their future - until Kai's family suffers a huge loss.

Trying to cope with his own grief, as well as watching it tear his family apart, Kai is drawn into a new and more dangerous crowd, until his dreams for the future are a distant memory. Excluded from school and retreating from his loved ones, it seems as though his path is set, his story foretold. Orla, Zak and new classmate Om are determined to help him find his way back. But are they too late?<

A heart-breaking and poignant novel from award-winning author Sita Brahmachari, for fans of THE BLACK FLAMINGO, AND THE STARS WERE BURNING BRIGHTLY and POET X .

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

A Girl's Guide to Being Fearless: How to Find Your Brave

THE ULTIMATE SELF-CARE BOOK FOR TEENAGE GIRLS

Face up to the world with confidence and higher self-esteem

Growing up has become faster, more furious and the pressures more intense. Anxiety and panic have reached epidemic proportions. A third of teenage girls will suffer from depression. Factor in a rise in self-harm and eating disorders and the mental health stats become alarming.

It's time to equip young women with the means to fight back.

A Girl's Guide to Being Fearless unlocks self-esteem, confidence, wellbeing, resilience and offers an antidote to an overwhelming world of altered photos, filters, and fillers.

A Girl's Guide helps parents, girls, and teachers understand that wellbeing is an inside job. As an essential book for our time, this guide reflects the challenging world facing teens. The authors suggest there is little to be gained by asking girls to stop taking selfies or using Instagram filters, because these habits are ingrained in teenage culture. Instead, guidance is provided on how girls can take action to increase their confidence and love the skin they are in. Moreover, it's about learning to be a class act in person and online.

  • Practical exercises and doable ideas to inspire young women
  • Encouragement to eliminate self-limiting beliefs
  • Guidance for girls on lifting themselves and others up
  • Tips for showing greater confidence and being excited about the future
  • Suggestions for how to live your best life

Keep calm and read A Girl's Guide to Being Fearless , a gathering of life's cheat codes; all simple, do-able and hugely entertaining.

Learn how to show anxiety the door and let in more of the good stuff. This book will help you find your Brave. Whisper it quietly, but it might even change your life.

View Book COMPARE PRICES
Book pages Placeholder Book

The Sad Ghost Club: Book 1

'I know exactly what you mean.'

Six simple words, and suddenly Sam doesn't feel so alone.

A heart-warming series about friendship, compassion and finding your kindred spirits.

This is the story of one of those days - a day so bad you can barely get out of bed, when it's a struggle to leave the house, and when you do, you wish you hadn't. But even the worst of days can surprise you. When one sad ghost, alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. What happens next changes everything.

Because that night they start the The Sad Ghost Club - a secret society for the anxious and alone, a club for people who think they don't belong.

Stunningly illustrated, this is Volume 1 in a new graphic novel series, for fans of Heartstopper and Jennifer Niven, and for anyone who's ever felt invisible.

Join the community of half a million ghosties on Instagram, @theofficialsadghostclub

View Book COMPARE PRICES

Picture Books (Fiction)

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Picture Books (Non-Fiction)

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Reference, Non-fiction & Activity Books

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Young Fiction

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

Older Fiction

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

YA fiction

Toppsta
2022-05-09
Recommended children's books for Mental Health Awareness Week

9th May 2022

Share this read with others...

Tweet Email
Featured Books