Recommended reading for uncertain times

As we continue to live in difficult times, stories can be a way to help young and old to find understanding, reassurance and hope. As young children navigate unusual circumstances, sharing picture books can be a way to help with themes such as friendship, fear, loss, love and change.

Recommended Reading

Friendship

  • The Smartest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • The Snail and The Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
  • Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Elmer by David McKee
  • While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar (August 2020)
  • Pip and Posy: The Bedtime Frog by Axel Scheffler

The Snail and The Whale

Worry

  • The Worrysaurus by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton
  • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival

The Worrysaurus

Loss and bereavement

  • A Stone for Sascha by Aaron Becker
  • No Matter What by Debi Gliori
  • The Heart and The Bottle by Oliver Jeffers
  • Goodbye Mog by Judith Kerr
  • The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
  • My Many Coloured Days by Dr Seuss
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley

No Matter What

Change

  • Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey
  • Little Boat by Taro Gomi
  • The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
  • Winnie The Pooh by A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepherd

Yoga Babies

Love and kindness

  • Sharing a Shell by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
  • The Magic Paintbrush by Julia Donaldson and Joel Stewart
  • Dogger by Shirley Hughes
  • Horton Hears a Who! by Dr Seuss
  • Kind by Axel Scheffler and Alison Green
  • Because Amelia Smiled by David Ezra Stein

Kind

We hope these themed booklists will be a resource for the time ahead, in settings or at home.

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