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Libraries in Norfolk launch booklist to support children’s mental health and wellbeing

05 February 2020

A new booklist selected by leading mental health experts to support the mental health and wellbeing of children has launched in Norfolk’s Libraries as part of Children’s Mental Health Week.

The Reading Well for children booklist for children in Key Stage Two provides helpful reading to support children’s mental health and wellbeing, and includes authors Michael Rosen, Tom Percival, Zanib Mian and Joseph Coelho.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “While this list is mainly for children aged 7-11, it includes titles aimed at a wider range of reading levels to support less confident readers. We want to encourage as many children as possible to try these books. Siblings or carers could also read with them to help encourage enjoyment and boost their confidence.”

The list was developed by the Reading Agency and includes books to help children understand their feelings and worries, and help them cope with tough times, with the launch arranged to coincide with Children’s Mental Health Week.

New book collections will go to ten of Norfolk’s libraries, but it is free to request and reserve these books from any Norfolk library.

Two of the books on the list were written by author Molly Potter who will be at a special launch event on Thursday 6 February. The event will be held at Taverham Library from 3.30pm - 4.30pm and is for children aged 7-11. It will be an interactive session that invites children to consider what can help us maintain positive mental health and build resilience. Those wanting to book a free place should contact the library direct or email libraries@norfolk.gov.uk

The ten libraries that stock the booklist are:

  • Dereham
  • Downham Market
  • Earlham
  • Gaywood
  • Gorleston
  • Millennium
  • North Walsham
  • Sprowston
  • Taverham
  • Wymondham

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