Reading Well for Children Collection launched by Libraries NI
Published 29 Jan 2021

As part of Children’s Mental Health Week, Libraries NI, working with The Reading Agency, is launching the ‘Reading Well for children’ booklist to support children’s mental health and wellbeing.

The Reading Well for children booklist was created in response to data raising concerns about children’s mental health in the UK. There are 33 books covering topics relevant to the children of today, including grief, anxiety, bullying and staying safe online. The books on the list, by authors including Michael Rosen, Dr. Dawn Huebner, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho, have been selected to help children aged 7-11 years understand and talk about their mental health and wellbeing. The book selection panel included experts from public libraries, NHS England, Mind, the Royal College of GPs and the School Library Association.

Commenting on the launch, Jim O’Hagan Libraries NI Chief Executive said:

“With all of the challenges of COVID-19, it is important that libraries continue to support customers of all ages in their local communities. The Reading Well for children collection builds on the Shelf Help books that are already available for teenagers and young people. Both these collections will encourage children and young people to have important conversations about their feelings with their parents and carers.”

The books are available through the Book and Collect Service across the network of libraries or alternatively, 32 of the books are available as eBooks and can be accessed through Libraries NI’s online library. A full listing of the book titles and how to borrow is available here.


Reading Well for Children Collection

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