Big changes and new challenges
The transition from primary to secondary school is a big change for many children. As they prepare to leave their familar primary school and start somewhere new, it's understandable that they may feel nervous, excited, or confused - and sometimes all three! There are likely to be challenges ahead, but also a new world of opportunities.
Reading, and finding a book, character or circumstance that they connect with, can help children to manage and understand their feelings about making the transition between schools, or coping with other big changes in their lives.
It can allow children to explore experiences of challenge and change, testing out how they might respond. It can also help them to know that they are not alone, and to build empathy with others.
Read more about the links between reading and empathy in our blog.
Reading recommendations for big change
Our Books for big change list is designed for teachers and school librarians to explore and share with your pupils.
We've included a wide range of titles and genres so that you can make recommendations to help all children find something that is right for them, whether from the school library, or by exploring their public library collection during the holidays.
The list includes top 10 picks plus a further selection of titles that cover:
- graphic novels
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