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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.

Summer activities for all the family

Need some new ideas on what to do with the family during the rest of the summer holidays? Or perhaps you would prefer to save a little bit of money? Rather than going on a day trip to the zoo, try a day out in the country or even in your back garden! The titles below offer these […]

August 21 2017

Book Reviews When a book might help

National Allotments Week

Monday marks the start of National Allotments Week, running from 14th-20th August 2017. So why not use the week as the perfect excuse to give your patch or garden some extra or overdue attention? And even if you’re looking to start turning your fingers green for the first time, you can apply for an allotment at the Hampshire […]

Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017

The Women’s Rugby World Cup is the premier international competition in rugby union for women. The tournament is organised by the sport’s governing body, World Rugby. The championships are currently held every four years; the event was most recently held in France in August 2014. World Rugby has chosen to reset the tournament on a new four-year […]

National Playday – Wednesday 2nd August

Playday is the national day for play and takes place every year on the first Wednesday in August. On Playday thousands of children and families get out to play at hundreds of community events across the UK. Why not find a fun activity at a Hampshire library this week? Coordinated by Play England, it is a […]


Many children have a favourite toy, blanket or comforter that they are strongly attached to. They may find it worrying if it has to be washed, gets damaged or are told it is time to give the comforter up. Sharing stories about other people in similar situations may make things a bit more manageable.


Leaving your home and moving to a new place can be difficult – especially if you have to learn a new language as well. These stories about refugees might help children new to this country to settle in. They may also help children meeting refugees for the first time to understand the difficulties new arrivals may face.

Bath Time Battles

Bath time is not a fun time for some children. Sharing stories about bathing can put a child’s mind at ease and make the experience easier to cope with.

Autistic Spectrum

Autism can be hard to understand for children, parents, family and friends. Sharing stories autism can put a child’s mind at ease, make the experiences easier to cope with and more understandable.

Pre-School Education

Joining a nursery, playgroup or other pre-school setting is often a young child’s first big ‘solo’ adventure. Most children will look forward to the experience, but some will find it worrying. Sharing a book about other children’s experiences at pre-school can help to make things less worrying and get them excited about making new friends and having new adventures.

Working Parents

When mummies and daddies go to work, young children often wonder what they are doing – are they in an office, do they drive a truck, are they helping people? Some children also worry about who will look after them when their parents are away and if their mum and dad will come back home again. These stories may help to calm their fears.