Children’s wellbeing booklist

Early years boy with book

School and nursery will look different for most children when they return. The following books can help children understand the changes that are happening all around them. These also provide a way to address the range of emotions your child may have and can provide some starting points for discussion.

Books that address Covid-19

Dave the dog is worried about Coronavirus

Dave the Dog is Worried about Coronavirus

By Molly Watts (an NHS nurse)

A rhyming book describing basic facts about Coronavirus and explaining in simple terms why we stay home and need to wash our hands. Read the story online.

While we can't hug

While We Can’t Hug

By Eoin McLaughlin, illustrated by Polly Dunbar

Publisher: Faber & Faber

Released in hardcopy on 6th August but available on YouTube now. In the story, Hedgehog and Tortoise want to give each other a great big hug, but they're not allowed to touch. Watch the story online.



By Manuela Molina

An interactive book to support and reassure children. This book is an invitation for families to discuss the range of emotions arising from the current situation. The book is available to download in 25 different languages. Read the story online.

Coronavirus A Book for Children

Coronavirus – A book for Children

By Elizabeth Jenner, Kate Wilson & Nia Roberts, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

Publisher: Nosy Crow

Aimed at slightly older children, this can be read in parts to help answer children’s questions. Read or watch the book online.

Staying Home

Staying Home

By Sally Nicholls, illustrated by Viviane Schwarz

Publisher: Andersen Press

This book follows a day in the life of a family of racoons, explaining to the youngest family why they have been doing their part by staying at home. Read the book online.

Books about worry and separation

Worrysaurus book

The Worrysaurus

By Rachel Bright, illustrated by Chris Chatterton

Publisher: Orchard Books

Worrysaurus likes to know what to expect and gets butterflies in his stomach if things change. This story is about setting worries free so that you can enjoy the moment. Watch the story online.

The Invisible String

The Invisible String

By Patrice Karst, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

Publisher: Little, Brown & Company

The book offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times. Watch the story online.

Ravi's Roar

Ravi’s Roar

By Tom Percival (author and illustrator)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

A clever and engaging book about temper tantrums, dealing with emotions and learning to express and understand your feelings. Watch the story online.

Ruby's Worry

Ruby's Worry

By Tom Percival (author and illustrator)

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. This story helps children understand how to talk about their worries. Watch the story online.

Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Have You Filled a Bucket Today?

By Carol McCloud, illustrated by David Messing

Publisher: Nelson Publishing

This book encourages positive behaviour as children see how rewarding it is to express daily kindness, appreciation, and love. Bucket filling and dipping are effective metaphors for understanding the effects of our actions and words on the well-being of others and ourselves. Watch the story online.

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