Children find themselves dealing with challenging emotions as the world around them changes. How can we help them understand and talk about those feelings?

Talk about books

By reading books, we experience empathy for different characters and situations and provoke discussion. When we read and book talk with children, we invite them to share their thoughts and to recognise their own feelings mirrored in the characters.

Unsure where to start?

If you’re unsure where to start, here are just some of the titles that we recommend dealing with:

  • new worries
  • anger management
  • bereavement
Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

The story of a little girl who finds a worry. Though it starts off small, it grows until it’s so big it makes her sad.  How can she get rid of it and feel like herself again?

It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner
It’s a No-Money Day by Kate Milner

Mum works really hard but today there is no money left and no food in the cupboards. A moving story that will resonate with children and parents.

The Boy who Made the World Disappear by Ben Miller
The Boy Who Made the World Disappear by Ben Miller

Harrison tries his best to be good, but he has one big flaw – he can’t control his temper.  Engaging KS2 adventure.

Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckmann
Waiting for Wolf by Sandra Dieckmann

Fox and Wolf spend every day together, until one day Wolf is gone.  A beautiful and heartfelt book about learning to carry on after the death of a loved one.

Hazel Murrell

Hazel Murrell

Hazel is an Advisory Librarian with Juniper Education. She studied a BA (hons) in Illustration for Children’s Publishing and is a member of CILIP. She has previously owned a Children’s bookshop as well as worked in schools and libraries promoting a love of reading.