Reading Well supports people to understand and manage their health and wellbeing using helpful reading. The books are all recommended and endorsed by health experts, as well as by people living with the conditions covered and their relatives and carers.
There are currently five Reading Well booklists for adults, young people and children which are available to browse on The Reading Agency’s Books page.
Many of the books are also available as e-books and audiobooks. Library members can download eBooks and eAudio free of charge and read or listen to them on a computer, tablet, smartphone or eBook reader. You just need to be a member of the library.
Reading Well for children
Reading Well for children recommends reading to help children understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times. The books have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians. They are endorsed by leading health organisations such as NHS England, Mind and the Royal College of GPs.
The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) and includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. Browse the full booklist for children. Some of the titles are available as eBooks and eAudio books which you can download from our Healthy Libraries Catalogue.
Reading Well for mental health
Reading Well for mental health provides books with helpful information and support for adults managing common mental health conditions or dealing with difficult feelings and experiences. Some books also include personal stories from people who are living with or caring for someone with mental health needs.
The books have been recommended by mental health professionals and people with experience of the conditions covered. They have been tried and tested and found helpful. Browse the full mental health booklist. Some of the titles are available as eBooks and eAudio which you can download from our OverDrive website.
Reading Well for long term conditions
Reading Well for long term conditions has been developed for people with long term health conditions and their relatives and carers. The titles provide information and advice to support living well with a long term condition.
The books cover common symptoms associated with living with a long term condition including pain, fatigue, sleeping problems, and mental health and wellbeing. There are also condition-specific titles covering conditions such as arthritis and diabetes. Browse the full booklist. Some of the titles are available as eBooks and eAudio which you can download from our OneDrive website.
Shelf Help - Reading Well for young people
Reading Well for young people recommends expert endorsed books about mental health, providing 13 to 18 year olds with advice and information about issues like anxiety, stress and OCD, and difficult experiences like bullying and exams. Browse the full long term conditions booklist. Some of the titles are available as eBooks and eAudio which you can download from our OverDrive website.
Reading Well for dementia
Reading Well for dementia recommends books you might find useful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia, or want to find out more about the condition. The books include information and advice, help after diagnosis, practical support for carers and personal stories.
Browse the full dementia booklist. Some of the titles are available as eBooks and eAudio which you can download from our OverDrive website.
Reading Well Mood-boosting books
Reading Well Mood boosting Books is a national promotion of uplifting titles, including novels, poetry and non-fiction. The books are all recommended by readers and reading groups. Browse the full mood-boosting booklist. Many of these titles are available as eBooks and eAudio. Download a Moodboosting eBook or eAudio book from our Healthy Libraries Catalogue.