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Sharing stories about various situations can put a child’s mind at ease and make transitions and new experiences easier to cope with and more understandable. When a book might help is a list of story books suitable for this purpose.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence can be difficult subjects to talk about, books talking about the topic can help explain to young children what happened and encourage discussions. Stories may make difficult transitions easier to cope with and to understand. Kit Kitten and the Topsy-Turvey Feelings – Jane Evans and Izzy Bean Another book from America, this one showing how […]


Cancer can be difficult to explain or talk about to a child. Sharing stories about other children who’s living with cancer or other children who’s friend or family member has cancer can help support the child. I know someone with cancer – Sue Barraclough This book helps demystifies cancer and also helps children who are living with or know […]


A collection of helpful, celebrational and supportive books to explain LGBT+ to children, as well as teaching children that we are all different and to accept those differences. Useful for both children who may be part of the LGBT+ community and for children who are making new friends. My Princess Boy – Cheryl Kilodavis Dyson loves the colour pink and sparkly things. […]


Being bullied can be a confusing and scary experience. Sharing stories about similar situations can put a child’s mind at ease and help them find strategies and courage to deal with the bully.

Friends & Friendship

Forming friendships and having friends is an enormous part of everyone’s life. But what do you do when you move to a new place? How do you make friends if you are very shy? What if your best friend makes friends with someone else? At times like these, sharing a book about other children going through similar situations just might help.

Same Sex Parents

When they are very young, children believe they are the centre of the universe and everyone is like them. As they get older they learn that there are other people in the world and many of them live very different lives. These stories may help children recognise that there are many different types of families. Useful […]

Bedtime Problems

Bedtime can be a stressful experience for all involved. Sharing stories about bedtime can put a child’s mind at ease and make any worries or fears easier to cope with. After all, who doesn’t like a snuggle and a story before they go to sleep?


The world can be a scary place for small people. Reading stories about other children overcoming their fears and becoming confident can help to make the world a bit less frightening.


Being very small or very tall can be frustrating and embarassing for children – like the rest of us, they often want to be what they are not. Sharing stories about children with similar feelings can put a child’s mind at ease and make the experience easier to cope with.

Feelings and Emotions

Feelings can be very confusing, especially for young children. They may find it hard to recognise what their feelings mean and don’t know how they should behave when they feel that way. Sharing stories about feelings just might help.