Life can be challenging and confusing for all of us and this is especially true for children and young people. Books are a great way to explore feelings, experiences or help us understand more in an accessible way.
We have a range of books available to help in circumstances such as bereavement, bullying, health conditions, physical and mental wellbeing as well as practical titles helping with milestones such as siblings or potty training.
Titles such as The Memory Tree by Britta Teckentrup or Grandad's Island by Benji Davies can be a gentle way to help reflect and remember a much missed friend or relative.
The Black Book of Colours by Memena Cottin and Rosana Faria is a beautiful way to help children consider how those with sight loss might perceive the world.
Marley and the Monkey by Holly Duhig is a lovely way to explore ADHD both with children living with the condition and their friends.
My Book about Brains, Change and Dementia by Lynda Moore is a very simple explanation of the disease.
Books on gender identity and sexuality not only help young people explore themselves but can help friends develop empathy.
Whether you're looking for a non-fiction title to explore a subject in more depth with an older child or a story to share, books can start a conversation and help young minds process their emotions.
You can find out more about our coping with life section and about healthy reading for young people, parents and carers on our website.
Please ask staff in your local library for assistance in finding relevant titles or contact us as we're always happy to help.