This week my children's book reviews include informative, entertaining and empathetic books for Children's Mental Health Week.
Great to share with the family or in school to start meaningful discussions about mental health.
Also in the Weekend section of The South Wales Evening Post. Enjoy!
BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE WORRYSAURUS BY RACHEL BRIGHT & CHRIS CHATTERTON
PICTURE BOOK 3+
Worrysaurus has planned a special picnic but before long he starts to worry. What if he hasn't brought enough to eat? What if he gets lost? What if it rains? Can Worrysaurus chase away his fears and still enjoy the day? This charming rhyming story is perfect to share with children and discuss their worries in a light-hearted way. The thought-provoking story and emotionally charged illustrations are a delight and will help relieve youngsters every day concerns.
HB Orchard £12.99
LETTING GO! BY DR. SHARIE COOMBES & ELLIE O'SHEA
A mindful activity book to help children come to terms with bereavement and family separation. Children can colour and doodle their way to being happy, calm and confident. They can learn to use creativity to combat negative feelings and understand it's ok to give yourself time to heal and deal with issues. The activities will help children gain a different perspective and allow them to share their feelings. A essential series which demonstrates the healing powers of art.
PB Studio Press £9.99
BUTTERFLIES FOR GRANDPA JOE BY NICOLA DAVIES & MIKE BYRNE
Grandpa Joe loves butterflies. But since Ben's granny passed away he has lost interest in everything and just wants to watch TV. Can Ben ignite Joe's interest in butterflies and in life? A heart-warming tale of empathy and dealing with grief. It highlights the importance of family and looking out for one another. It also conveys the importance of nature and mental health. A lovely story to share and ideal for school book clubs. Dyslexia friendly.
Barrington Stoke PB £6.99
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH? BY DR LUCY MADDOX
What are mental health problems? How do we know what's healthy or not? This slim and accessible book will answer a child's questions and more. Written by a clinical psychologist it explores a range of mental health topics and explains how to keep in good mental health. This includes personal stories, the effects of social media and the importance of staying physically fit. An informative book perfect to share for Children's Mental Health Week.
HB Wayland £13.99