All Ages: Supporting wellbeing in the classroom

Books are a great way to help children think about how they are feeling and start conversations about wellbeing. Use these titles to do just that, with stories that help children understand it's ok to have lots of different feelings, how to be brave and that not everyone feels things in the same way.

The Drama Llama by Rachel Morrisroe, Ella Okstad (Illustrator)

One day a WORRY comes to stay and simply will not go away! Alex Allen, like lots of children, sometimes worried about things - like dancing badly or getting an answer wrong in class. But unlike lots of children, every time he worries a real-life llama appears! And the more Alex worries, the bigger Llama grows... which starts getting him into all sorts of trouble!  Will Alex ever learn how to control his worries and get rid of this pesky llama?

Weirdo by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird, Magenta Fox (Illustrator)

Meet Maud: a guinea pig who inexplicably wears a judo suit - and not everyone understands or approves. When Maud is thrown into a new and confusing situation, it takes brave decisions and serendipitous encounters for her to find her place and embrace her individuality.

Pablo's Feelings by Pablo

Sometimes your face doesn't show how you are feeling. Pablo wants to go to his cousin Lorna's house, but his mum sees the expression on his face and thinks that he doesn't want to go! Pablo is autistic and he sees the world in a different way. Together with his friends, the Book Animals, he comes up with a way to let people know what he is thinking!

How to be a Lion by Ed Vere

You don't have to ROAR to be heard...

Meet Leonard - a lion like no other.

Leonard's best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don't they?

What will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?

The Worries: Sohal Finds a Friend by Jion Sheibani

Sohal worries about a lot of things: the dark, mutant sheep, being alone - you name it, he worries about it! So one night he tries drawing his worries to make himself feel better - and somehow they look a lot less worrying once they're scribbled down. But then imagine Sohal's surprise when he wakes up the next morning to find a set of funny, furry friends at the end of his bed! Now it's up to Sohal to work out how to keep his worries under control - and have some serious fun while he's at it!

Matilda's How To Be Brave by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)

Packed with GAMES, JOKES AND QUIZZES and much more, this marvellous book has all the tips and tricks you need to become a REAL HERO and even stand up to THE TERRIBLE TRUNCHBULL.

The Puffin Book of Big Dreams by Various

Stories to spark your imagination in this beautiful collection of stories, poems and illustrations to celebrate Puffin's 80th birthday! A brand new anthology featuring extracts from classic family favourites AND brand new stories about BIG dreams from Puffin's best-loved and exciting new authors and illustrators.

Charlie Changes Into a Chicken by Sam Copeland, Sarah Horne (Illustrator)

Charlie McGuffin has an incredible secret . . . He can change into animals. All sorts of animals: a flea, a pigeon, even a rhino. Trouble is, he can't decide when - it only happens when he gets worried. And right now, Charlie has quite a lot to worry about: His brother (who is in hospital), his parents (who are panicking about it) and the school bully (who has Charlie in his sights) And even though every kid wants a superhero power, Charlie isn't keen on changing into a chicken in the middle of the school play. So with the help of his three best friends, Charlie needs to find a way of dealing with his crazy new power - and fast!

Check out our resources section for a full scheme of work to help explore this hilarious book and the personal well-being issues it addresses.

Your Mood Journal by Fearne Cotton

Have you ever felt...Sad... Happy... Angry... Lonely... Worried... Scared... Excited? Or several of these moods all at once? Emotions might seem big and complex - but the more we understand them, the better we can become at managing them. Say hello to all of these moods in YOUR MOOD JOURNAL, a customisable activity book divided into seven colourful and fully illustrated chapters and packed full of interactive exercises, practical tips and notes from Fearne herself that give children the tools to understand and articulate their emotions. This is the perfect toolkit for children looking to explore their emotions and build confidence in communicating their feelings.