Books


Alexander and the Terrible Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

(Topics: resilience; emotions; feelings - jealousy, anger, hate; isolation; injustice; siblings; friends) Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in his hair. His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV! (Age: 6 to 9 years)

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A Proper Little Lady

Annabella Jones decides that today she will be a proper little lady and sets off to play in her very best dress! But the Proper Little Lady runs into all sorts of adventures - climbing trees, even playing football and arrives home looking a little less proper (3+ years)

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Because It's My Body!

Focusing on empowerment and prevention, this approachable book gives young children a way to reject unwanted, possibly harmful physical contact by adults and other kids.

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Changes

When Joseph's mother comes home, says his father, things are going to change. And so they do, in the most extraordinary ways... This book explores the changes to Joseph's life when his parents bring home his baby sister (4 to 8 years).

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Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place - a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate. In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum (2 to 6 years).

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Emily's Blue Period

Emily wants to be an artist. She likes painting and loves the way artists like Pablo Picasso mixed things up. Emily's life is a little mixed up right now. Her dad doesn't live at home anymore, and it feels like everything around her is changing. This book is about a young child dealing with her parent's divorce (4 to 7 years).

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Girls Like That and other plays

Girls Like That: explores the pressures caused by technology when a schoolgirls naked photograph goes viral. Banana Boys: is about the challenge of being on the school football team and being secretly gay. Holloway Jones: Dealing with growing up with a parent in prison. Pronoun: the story about two childhood sweethearts dealing with the fact that one of them, Isabella, has come out as transgender.

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Horton Hears a Who!

Horton, the loveable elephant, represents kindness, trustworthiness, and perseverance in his quest to protect tiny creatures on a speck of dust (ages 4-8).

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How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them

This picture book contains many examples of how to be a friend and offers kids practical suggestions about resolving arguments, getting over being shy, handling bossy children and bullies, and more (4 to 8 years).

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How to Take the Grrr out of Anger

Blending solid information and sound advice with jokes and funny cartoons, this book guides kids to understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways—some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognise anger in themselves and others, how to handle situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to or mask anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel (8-13 years).

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