Parent Wellbeing Lending Library

Parent Wellbeing Lending Library

The library will be open for adults to borrow books to support children’s wellbeing on a Tuesday after school from 3.10pm – 3.25pm.  The books available are listed below and will support parents in helping their children to overcome a range of situations and difficulties and support their wellbeing.  They cover topics such as separation, bereavement and supporting emotions.

If you prefer you can hand the request form below into reception to arrange to reserve a book and our librarian will then organise for the book(s) to be signed out under your child’s name and then be placed in their book bag.

You may borrow a maximum of two books at any one time for one week.

Books available to be borrowed: 



Area of support


Huebner, Dawn

What To Do When Your – emper Flares

Anger(8 – 12 years)

This book guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioural techniques used to treat problems with anger. Engaging examples, lively illustrations, and step-by-step instructions teach children a set of ""anger dousing"" methods aimed at cooling angry thoughts and controlling angry actions, resulting in calmer, more effective kids. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to work toward change.

Huebner, Dawn

What To Do When You – Worry Too Much


(6 – 12 years)

An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioural techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change.

Brown, Laurie and Marc

Dinosaurs Divorce


(4 – 7 Years) 

"Dinosaurs Divorce" will help you understand-a comprehensive guide for changing families, helps readers understand what divorce means, why it happens, and how to best cope with everyone’s feelings.

Gray, Kes

Mum and Dad Glue


(3- 8 years)

A little boy tries to find a pot of parent glue to stick his mum and dad back together. His parents have come undone and he wants to mend their marriage, stick their smiles back on and make them better. This rhyming story is brilliantly told with a powerful message that even though his parents may be broken, their love for him is not.

James, Simon

Leon and Bob


(5 – 7 Years)

Bob is Leon's best friend. He shares Leon's room. Everywhere Leon goes, Bob goes too. Then one day a boy moves in next door. But when Leon goes to ask his new neighbour to go to the park with him, he discovers Bob has gone...

Ironside, Virginia

The Huge Bag of Worries


(3 – 8 Years)

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, and even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her? The Huge Bag of Worries was written by Virginia Ironside, one of Britain's leading agony aunts, and has sold 140k copies to date. A compelling picture book which can be used as a spring board into what worries children today. 

Gravett, Emily

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

Emotions – Fear

(3 – 6 Years)

Young children will identify with the little mouse who uses the pages of this book to document his fears - from loud noises and the dark, to being sucked down the plughole. Packed with details and surprise treats including flaps, nibbled holes and even a hilarious fold-out map. 

Moses, Brian

I feel sad

Emotions - Sad

(6 – 11 years)

Young children experience many confusing emotions in their early years and I feel Sad looks at sadness, in light-hearted but ultimately reassuring way. This picture book examines how and why people feel sad, illustrates scenarios of people feeling sad and upset, and the best way to deal with it with age-appropriate content.

This book contains notes for parents with suggestions of ways to help children deal with being sad.

Butterfield, Moira and Sterling, Holly

Everybody feels scared

Emotions – Scared

(4 - 7 years)

Did you feel scared on your first day of school? Have you ever felt nervous talking in class? Did your heart beat really fast? Read about Omar and Chloe, and what they did when they felt scared. With a mix of stories, questions for the reader, and advice, this book focuses on why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with those feelings. With fun, engaging illustrations the book reassures young readers, providing them with a vocabulary to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations.

Gliori, Debi

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go To Sleep

Emotions - worries

(2 – 3 Years)

Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep, just in case she has a bad dream. She asks her older brother Willoughby for help. Wise Willoughby knows that she just needs to think of all happy things that will be waiting for her in the morning.

Gloiori, Debi

No Matter What

Emotions – Worries

(5 Years +)

Small said, "I'm a grim and grumpy little Small and nobody loves me at all." "Oh Small," said Large. "Grumpy or not, I'll always love you no matter what. "When Small is in a big bad mood, it's up to Large to help. But what if Small were a grizzly bear, or a scary crocodile - would Large still love him? Of course!

A heartfelt story about the unconditional love each parent feels for their child.

Potter, Molly

How are you Feeling Today?


This book provides children with several straightforward, entertaining and appropriate interactive ideas to help them deal with a selection of significant emotions. A great dip-in book where children can choose a feeling that relates to them and then turn to the page that provides child-friendly strategies for dealing with that feeling. Helpful parent notes at the back of the book provide more ideas for parents to use with their child and other strategies to try out. 

Gray,  Kes


Worries Go Away!

Emotions -Worries

(3 – 8 years)

A comforting and compelling story about worries and self-esteem. When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold...only her family and friends can help.

Moses, Brian

I'm Worried (Your Feelings)

Emotions - Worries

A picture book that helps young children with feelings of anxiety and worry they may feel in their early years. From feeling left out when playing with friends, taking a test, or speaking in a school assembly, to a stay in hospital or seeing other family members worry during anxious times, this book suggests ways that can help children put their worries into perspective. 

Bright, Rachel

The Lion Inside


(3 – 5 years)

A feel-good rhyming story about one little mouse trying to make himself heard and discovering along the way that even the smallest of us has the heart of a lion. You don’t have to be big and brave to find a roar. 

Rosenthale, Amy Krouse and Lichenheld, Tom

I Wish You More


(3 – 6 years)

Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age


Pudsy’s Great fundraiser

Emotions – postitive atttitude and fundraising

Pudsey’s day of fundraising is not going as smoothly as normal. “Feeling soggy but not defeated, Pudsey headed to his friend Blush’s house.” In this heartening story of kindness and determination, Pudsey’s positive attitude might just help him to stumble across his best idea yet!

Hoffman, Mary and Asquith, Ros

The Great Big Book of Families


(4 – 8 years)

What is a family? Once, it was said to be a father, mother, boy, girl, cat and dog living in a house with a garden. But as times have changed, families have changed too, and now there are almost as many kinds of families as colours of the rainbow. This is a fresh, optimistic look through children's eyes at today's wide variety of family life: from homes, food, ways of celebrating, schools and holidays to getting around, jobs and housework, from extended families, languages and hobbies to pets and family trees.

McCloud, Carol

Have you filled a bucket today?



(4 – 9 Years)

This heart-warming book has become a classic, selling over a million copies, and is listed as one of the top children's books that encourage kindness towards others. It encourages positive behaviour by using the concrete concept of an 'invisible bucket' that holds your good thoughts and feelings. When you do something kind, you fill someone's bucket; when you do something mean, you dip into someone's bucket and remove some good thoughts and feelings. This book focuses on how our social interactions positively or negatively affect others. 

Bonwill, Ann and Marlow, Layn

Bug and Bear


(5 years)

Bear just isn't in the mood to play with Bug. She lumbers off to her cave for a nap but Bug buzzes after her as he thinks they are playing 'chase'! Bad-tempered Bear gets increasingly huffy and then Bear snaps. She tells Bug to go away and finally she gets to have her nap. But Bear feels bad for being mean so she comes back out of her cave to look for Bug.
A story that celebrates the resilience of real friendship.

MacDonald, Amy

Little Beaver and The Echo


(4 – 8 Years)

Little Beaver lives all alone by the edge of a pond. He doesn't have any friends. One day, when he starts to cry, he hears someone else crying too. Could he have found a friend at last?  So begins his touching quest for a friend.

Burringham, John


Friendship – family, friends & social issues

(5 - 7 Years)

Granpa nurses his granddaughter's dolls, mistakes her strawberry-flavoured pretend ice-cream for chocolate, takes her tobogganing in the snow, and falls in with her imaginary plans to captain a ship to Africa, like all good Granpa's should. It is a friendship that children who read this book will long remember.

Wild, Margaret and



Friendship –feelings

(9 – 12 Years)

Dog is blind in one eye and cannot see. Magpie has a burned wing and cannot fly. But together the two make a perfect whole. Until Fox comes around and coaxes Magpie away from Dog.

Church, Dianne

Operation Fix-it

Heart conditions – treatment for a heart condition

(6 – 11 Years)

A large colourful story book about eight year old Tom’s experience in hospital for a heart operation. The book prepares children for their hospital visit in an interesting and sometimes humorous way. The story provides a safe platform for discussion within the family about fears and potential problems by identifying them in characters in the story

Durant, Alan

Always and Forever

Loss and Bereavement

(3 – 5 Years)

When Fox dies the rest of his family are absolutely distraught. How will Mole, Otter and Hare go on without their beloved friend? But, months later, Squirrel reminds them all of how funny Fox used to be, and they realise that Fox is still there in their hearts and memories.

Velthuijs, Max

Frog and the Birdsong

Loss and Bereavement

(3 – 5 Years)

One autumn day Frog discovers a blackbird lying motionless in the grass. Worried, he asks his friends what can be the matter. Very gently and simply, then animals begin to understand the meaning of death and the beauty of life in this moving story.

Allan, Nicholas


Loss and Bereavement

(3 – 5 Years)

Dill the dog knows his time is up so he packs his case and tells Lily, his owner, that he's off "up there". Dill explains to Lily what he thinks heaven is like: hundreds of lampposts to pee against, lots of whiffy things to smell and bones everywhere - with meat on them! But Lily completely disagrees. Luckily, they agree to disagree just in time for a fond, and very poignant, last goodbye. 



Sad Book

Loss and Bereavement

(5 - & Years)

It chronicles Michael's grief at the death of his son Eddie from meningitis at the age of 19. A moving combination of sincerity and simplicity, it acknowledges that sadness is not always avoidable or reasonable and perfects the art of making complicated feelings plain.

Wilhelm, Hans

I’ll Always Love You

Loss and Bereavement

(3 – 7 Years)

In this gentle, moving story, Elfie, a dachshund, and her special boy progress happily through life together. One morning Elfie does not wake up. The family grieves and buries her. 

Sunderland, Margot

The day the sea went out and never came back

Loss and Bereavement

The Day the Sea Went Out and Never Came Back is a story for children who have lost someone they love. Eric is a sand dragon who loves the sea very much. But one day, the sea goes out and does not come back. Eric waits and waits, but it does not come back. So he falls on the sand in terrible pain. It feels to him as if he has lost everything.

After many bleak days, Eric sees a little wild flower. It is dying. Eric knows he must save it. He finds water. More and more flowers appear and so Eric starts to make a beautiful rock pool garden. And as he does, he finds the courage to feel the full pain of his loss, instead of closing his heart. He realises that his memories of his precious sea are like a special kind of treasure in his mind, a treasure he will never lose.

Chichester Clark, Emma

Up in Heaven

Loss and Bereavement

Elderly Daisy can't keep up with Arthur any more, and then one day she wakes up to find herself in heaven! How marvellous - now she no longer feels tired or ill, and she can run as fast as she used to! But she worries about Arthur because he is so miserable, and so she sends him dreams to show him where she is, and how happy she is now. One of the questions children regularly ask is: 'Do dogs go to heaven?' This unusual book provides the dog's answer.

Jeffers, Oliver

The Heart and the Bottle

Loss and Bereavement

(5 - 8 years)

Award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers explores themes of love and loss in this life-affirming and uplifting tale. Once there was a girl whose life was filled with wonder at the world around her. Then one day something happened that made the girl take her heart and put it in a safe place. However, after that it seemed that the world was emptier than before. But would she know how to get her heart back? In this deeply moving story, Oliver Jeffers deals with the weighty themes of love and loss with an extraordinary lightness of touch and shows us, ultimately, that there is always hope.

Catchpool, Michael

Grandpa’s boat

Loss and Bereavement

5 years +

Since Grandpa’s death, is family have left his boat, The Periwinkle, untouched and unused. But one day they decide to repair the boat in memory of Grandpa, and find that it is better to remember than to forget.

Kerr, Judith

Goodbye Mog

Loss and Bereavement

(3 - 5 years)

Mog was tired. She was dead tired…Mog thought, ‘I want to sleep for ever.’ And so she did. But a little bit of her stayed awake to see what would happen next. Mog keeps watch over the upset Thomas family. Nothing happens for some time…then suddenly, one day, Mog sees a little kitten in the house. But then Mog realises that the nervous kitten doesn’t know how to play and just needs ‘a little bit of help’. The new family pet is settled in at last. But Debbie says she will always remember Mog. ‘So I should hope,’ thinks Mog.

Catherine, Maria

Time Together – Me and Dad


(2 – 6 Years)

Snapshots of a father and child enjoying every day moments together. From reading a book to playing outside, these small moments are the ones that create big memories

Spelman, Cornelia

When I Miss You


(4 – 8 years)

Young children often experience anxiety when they are separated from their mothers or fathers. This newest title in The Way I Feel series features a young guinea pig who expresses her distress when her mother and father go away.

Karst, Patrice

The Invisible String


(4 – 8 years)

That's impossible said twins Jeremy & Liza after their Mum told them they're all connected by this thing called an Invisible String. They asked with a puzzled look to which Mum replied An Invisible String made of love. A story that teaches of the tie that really binds. Mums (and Dads) feel the tug whenever kids give it; and kids feel the tug that comes right back: the Invisible String reaches from heart to heart. Whether it's a loved one far away or a parent in the next room this delightful book illustrates a new way to cope with something all children and parents confront sooner or later; a child's fear of loneliness and separation.

MacGregor, Christopher and

Yarlett, Emma

Mummy’s Home

Separation and Deployment

(3 -5 Years)

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Christopher this book helps to explain why parents sometimes have to go away and shows ways to help children cope.  A soothing read-aloud with lots to explore in the pictures.

MacGregor, Christopher and

Yarlett, Emma

My Daddy’s Going Away

Separation and Deployment

(3 – 5 Years)

Written by Lieutenant Colonel Christopher MacGregor and based on his own experiences of going away from home, this comforting book helps to explain why parents sometimes have to go away and shows ways to help children cope.  

Linhart, Sandra Miller And

Fox,Tahna Desmond

Daddy’s Boots

Separation and Deployment

It's Boots’ task to take Daddy where he's needed, but it's Daddy's job to explain why. Daddy is a soldier. Boots are preparing to take him away. If Bean can hide Boots, will Daddy be able to stay? Daddy explains the many jobs he's called to do, and how his work isn't that much different than the work other daddies do. Being deployed is a fact of life for serving people. Sometimes it means leaving little ones behind wondering why. Daddy's Boots is a loving description of a few quiet moments between a father and his child, as Daddy prepares to deploy for his job with the military.

Shaw, Claire

Sometimes: My Daddy’s Gone Away with Work

Sometimes: My Mummy’s Gone Away with Work

Separation and Deployment

A beautifully written book aimed at helping children who are experiencing a parent being away from home. It subtly deals with the conflicting emotions that can arise and offers ideas that could help.  There is a Daddy and a Mummy version – the same story adapted. 

Gray, Kes

Mummy Goes to Work

Separation and Deployment

(6 – 11 years)

My mummy goes to work but I know she still loves me and cares about me. How do I know? Because my mummy comes home from work and tells me she loves me SO MUCH! A delightful and contemporary book that will reassure parent and child alike that all is well when a parent goes to work.

Marler, Jerilyn

Lily Hates Goodbyes

Separation and Deployment

(2 – 7 years)

This heartwarming and inspiring storybook helps children thrive despite a parent’s lengthy absence. Lily’s daddy is deployed for about a billion days. She feels angry, sad, stubborn, and naughty. Her mommy helps Lily understand her emotions and cope with them in healthy ways. With her mommy's steadfast love, Lily finds ways to be happy despite the separating miles; she bikes and swings and plays the piano. She collects mementos in a Memories for Daddy box and adds stickers to a calendar to help count down the days to daddy's return. When the big day finally, finally arrives, she jumps joyfully into her daddy's arms. Lily loves hellos! This is an updated NAVY version: daddy wears a Navy uniform.

Huebner, Dawn

What to Do When You – Dread Your Bed

Sleep problems

(7 – 10 years)


Wouldn't it be great if you could climb into bed, snuggle under your covers, and fall asleep without any fuss or fear? Without listening for noises or thinking about bad guys? Without an extra drink, or an extra hug, or an extra trip to the bathroom? "What to Do When You Dread Your Bed"" guides children and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques used to treat problems with sleep. Fears, busy brains, restless bodies, and overdependence on parents are all tackled as children gain the skills they need for more peaceful nights. This interactive self-help book is the complete resource for educating, motivating, and empowering children to fall asleep and stay asleep - like magic!


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