Library News | Junior School

Library News | Junior School

The Junior School library has many helpful, age appropriate books that can help start or continue conversations about mental health and wellbeing for our primary school boys.

Many of these books address the range of feelings that we all experience in different situations and circumstances in life. These books are helpful as they provide thoughtful suggestions for managing these feelings and moving forward in healthy and productive ways.

The night before Archie starts his new school, Worry Monsters appears in his bedroom. Soon Archie feels to anxious that his head hurts, his tummy flutters and his heart pounds. Worry Monster just keeps getting bigger and bigger! Can Archie find a way to challenge his fears and make Worry Monster go away?

Everyone cries, everyone laughs, everyone sings – everyone. A celebrated illustrator explores the universality of feelings.

An activity picture book to encourage children to pay attention to their moods and learn to express their thoughts and feelings rather than hide them away. Top tips help young children to identify their emotions, while mini science sections explain simply what happens in their brain and body.

Have you ever felt you should act a certain way or do certain things, just because you’re a boy? This book encourages young boys to broaden their ideas about what it means to be a boy and encourages them to feel free and proud to be who they truly are.

Helps children to normalise, understand and even develop their own tools for dealing with their feelings.

Little Mouse draws pictures of some of the many things he is afraid of, including creepy crawlies, sharp knives, and having accidents, and provides the correct scientific name for each of his fears.

We breathe deep and expand like the galaxy, We breathe out many thousands of stars, And if ever we start to feel panicky, This reminds us of just who we are. The perfect soothing read for quiet time, Happy gently encourages young readers to explore their emotions and the beautiful world around them. This poetic journey to a place of happiness and calm will inspire and empower your child to enjoy the practice of mindfulness.

Within the pages of I Think, I Am! kids will find out the difference between negative thoughts and positive affirmations. Fun illustrations and simple text demonstrate how to make the change from negative thoughts and words to those that are positive.

Encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by ‘filling buckets.’ Updated and revised, this 10th anniversary edition will help readers better understand that ‘bucket dipping’ is a negative behavior, not a permanent label. It also explains that it’s possible to fill or dip into our own buckets.

Don’t forget to make your bed, and wear socks that fit your feet. Don’t forget to care, to play, to run, to laugh. Sometimes, we need to remember all the things we can do to be part of the world. Small things, like offering a smile. And bigger things, like hoping, dreaming, imagining.

Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? It’s not just your body that should be fit and healthy – your mind needs to be, too! This is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being. With immediate, heart-of-the-matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, Anna Williamson addresses all of the key issues affecting children today. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, relationships, phobias, bullying, peer pressure, self-esteem, and much more.

Meet 29 icons and discover how they have dealt with mental health issues to live inspiring lives. So, whatever you are going through learn why it’s ok not to be ok with these perfectly imperfect stories.

Our minds are beautifully complicated and brilliant machines. For much of our lives, these machines run efficiently with minimal maintenance. However, just like our other organs, they do require some proper attention every now and then and recognising thins at an early age can help as children progress into adulthood. This is a guide designed to help children become more aware of their emotional needs and examines a range of topics that might give their minds difficulties. We explore a range of common scenarios encountered by children and talk about some of the very best ideas to help deal with them.

Hopefully these books are helpful for boys as they navigate their way through school and provide some comfort and direction as they learn to manage their feelings and mental wellbeing.

Nikki Bowden | Teaching and Learning Librarian.

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