Five Inspiring Books For Children’s Mental Health Week. Hello everyone, I hope you are well. In today’s post, I will be sharing a press release from The Works, exploring five inspirational books to read to your child ahead of Children’s Mental Health Week. Ahead of next week and Children’s Mental Health Week, Madeline O’Keefe, Children’s Book Buyer at The Works, has revealed her five book recommendations to read to children that will inspire them to understand “their voice matters”. Running from February 5 until the 11th, Children’s Mental Health Week is in its 10th year and this year is themed around “My Voice Matters”, encouraging children to speak up and be open about their mental health.
Five Inspiring Books For Children’s Mental Health Week
Alongside her book recommendations, which you can find attached in the press release below, Madeline said:
“Studies have shown that children who read for pleasure earlier in life have better mental well-being, showing fewer signs of stress and depression, reducing behavioural problems and improving attention.
“A good read can provide the base for many of the values we hold as we develop in life, increasing confidence, learning about the world and developing empathy and emotional awareness that provides an understanding that it’s not just your voice that matters, but also that everybody else does too.”
Madeline’s picks contain a range of children’s books that can help young people use their voices differently, from speaking out about their worries to helping and being inspired by others.
My Voice Matters
The Works unveils the most inspirational books, celebrating the theme “My Voice Matters”. Reading can be a helpful coping mechanism during times of stress in a child’s life. Whale Feels Worried, Can I Have A Hug? and The Smeds and The Smoos are among the recommended books by The Works’ Children’s Book Buyer. As we welcome Children’s Mental Health Week from February 5-11, The Works unveiled their top books to read to children that promote positive mental health. Reading can hugely influence children to relax during difficult periods, offering escapism, protection and inspiration.
Diana Gerald, CEO of BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity, said, “Cultivating an enjoyment of books and stories from an early age can offer children a strong foundation for healthy emotional development as they grow, providing gentle yet vital support in helping children process how they are feeling.”
This year, Children’s Mental Health Week is themed around “My Voice Matters”, empowering young people to use their voices and share what matters to them. To encourage young people, Madeline O’Keefe, Children’s Book Buyer at The Works, has collated the best books to read to your child that can inspire and emphasise that their voice matters…
Whale Feels Worried by Katie Woolley
“Whale Feels Worried offers a gentle exploration of dealing with worry and anxiety. Following the story of a whale worried about her schoolwork, her relationship with her school teacher highlights that it’s ok to make mistakes, placing the importance on speaking out, learning from mistakes and finding ways to cope with worries.”
Can I Have A Hug by Rosie Greening
“A part of the Worry Monsters series, Can I Have A Hug, encourages children to understand that you don’t always need a hug to feel close to loved ones, but communication is key. An important story to help children deal with separation, it encourages and inspires children to reach out to loved ones who may not be around frequently to use their voice and channel their love in other ways, such as writing letters, video calling or getting creative.”
Healthy Habits: Elephants Guide to Making Friends by Lisa Edwards
“The Healthy Habits series covers various topics that can boost a child’s mental health. Ideally, an Elephant’s Guide to Making Friends showcases the value of social engagement and interaction through bold, bright, and humorous illustrations for children aged four and above. It highlights the value of being a good friend.”
Little People, Big Dreams collection by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
“Little People, Big Dreams tells the story of many historical figures and can inspire children to follow their dreams. The collection varies from sports people to movie stars and musicians to trailblazers such as Amelia Earhart and Rosa Parks. It’s the definitive collection on why everybody’s voice matters and that everyone can achieve what they want with hard work and determination.”
The Smeds and The Smoos by Julia Donaldson
“Highlighting that everybody matters and our voice is valued regardless of how we look, The Smeds and The Smoos is a gentle and fun way to educate around equality. It’s a story of love, adventure and togetherness between a young red Smed and a young blue Smoo, a group of people who don’t usually mix.
It’s a book with all the hallmarks of an outstanding Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler read and an absolute classic from her catalogue.”
Madeline continued: “Studies have shown that children who read for pleasure earlier in life have better mental well-being, showing fewer signs of stress and depression, reducing behavioural problems and improving attention.
They added, “A good read can provide the base for many of the values we hold as we develop in life, increasing confidence, learning about the world and developing empathy and emotional awareness that provides an understanding that it’s not just your voice that matters, but also that everybody else does too.”
You can find a range of books to read that can benefit a child’s mental health during Children’s Mental Health Week and beyond by visiting: https://www.theworks.co.uk/c/books/childrens-books
I hope you enjoyed that.