Reading Well for children helps children and families to understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing using helpful reading.
The scheme is part of the Reading Well programme, which supports health and wellbeing through reading for all ages.
The book collection
The Reading Well for children book collection is targeted at children in primary school and includes titles suitable for a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.
The 33 books on the list have been selected to help children understand and talk about their mental health and wellbeing. The books have been selected to encourage conversation about feelings between children and their parents or carers or to support families whilst waiting for further support.
How Reading Well for children works
The books are all chosen and recommended by health experts, as well as people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers. Children and families can be recommended a title by a teacher or health professional, or they can borrow a book from their local library.
The Reading Well for children booklist contains 33 books covering topics relevant to the children of today, including grief, anxiety, bullying and staying safe online. In recognition of the potential impact of living with diagnosed conditions and physical disabilities, the booklist explores living well with conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities.
2.6 million Reading Well books have been borrowed from libraries and 91% of people surveyed found their book helpful. Find out more about the impact of Reading Well.