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Article  •  3 May 2021

 

Good Books about Tough Topics

Figuring out how to talk to children about difficult emotions can sometimes feel impossible. Books can offer a good gateway to starting these conversations. Here are some books that might help you to navigate those tricky topics.


My Elephant Is Blue Melinda Szymanik, Vasanti Unka

An award-winning, quirky story about a child who is stuck carrying around an elephant, wondering if they will ever feel light and free again . . .

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My Journey Starts Here Jazz Thornton, Genevieve Mora

A pretty yet practical guided journal for personal reflection and working on your mental well-being.

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DOT Kieran E Scott

A little book to help anyone (big or small) take a moment and some nice, deep breaths.

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It's Not OK to Feel Blue (and other lies) Scarlett Curtis

An anthology of writing from inspirational people on what mental health means to them

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Stand By Me: Helping Your Teen Through Tough Times John Kirwan

Charting John Kirwan's personal experiences as a father, and featuring the real voices of young people today, Stand By Me investigates issues around teenage mental health, with a focus on depression and anxiety.

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Charlie Changes Into a Chicken Sam Copeland

The first in a sidesplitting new series about a boy who keeps changing into animals. Perfect for fans of David Walliams and Kid Normal.

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See Ya, Simon David Hill

Funny, moving and devastatingly honest, See Ya, Simon is a New Zealand favourite that has won several awards and has been translated into seven languages. A must read for all teenagers.

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Wonder R J Palacio

A celebration of a truly extraordinary book and author, this very special edition brings together Wonder and its companion book, Auggie & Me, together for the first time

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Stop Surviving Start Fighting Jazz Thornton

A hard-hitting, thought-provoking account of surviving suicide attempts and moving on to a better life, which provides practical help and inspiration to anyone affected by depression or suicide.

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