Developed by The Reading Agency in partnership with Libraries Connected and delivered through public libraries in England and Wales, Reading Well for teens supports the mental health and wellbeing of teenagers aged 13-18, providing information, advice and support to better understand their feelings, handle difficult experiences and boost confidence. All of the books have been chosen and recommended by health professionals and teenagers.
The scheme is part of the Libraries Connected Universal Public Library Health Offer and has been developed with leading health organisations and young people. The scheme is supported by Arts Council England and Welsh Government.
The collection of 27 titles includes self-help techniques, personal stories, graphic books, fiction and a selection of supporting digital resources. The list includes a range of topics including managing feelings, neurodiversity, body image, bereavement, social anxiety, learning about life, boosting confidence, surviving online, and sexuality, gender identity and mental health.
Over 3 million Reading Well books have been borrowed from libraries since 2013. The programme has been supported by the public as well as by GPs, mental health professionals and government ministers as a helpful community-based health service.
You can order the following supporting promotional materials from our online shop :
• User leaflets
• A4 portrait posters
• Pull-up banners
A bank of digital resources are available on our Reading Well resources page including plasma screen artwork, a digital user leaflet, social media assets, and resources to support local partnerships including a health sector engagement letter and PowerPoint presentations for stakeholders and school assemblies.
Reading Well for teens has been chosen and endorsed by leading health professionals and co-produced with teenagers. Our book selection panel included colleagues from Royal College of GPs, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Royal College of Nursing, British Psychological Society, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, NHS England, Mind, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and the School Library Association. Our co-production partner Partnership for Young London have ensured the views of teens informed all aspects of developing this list.
Reading Well for children launched in February 2020. Click here to find out about the collection.