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Mum and Dad Glue
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: Acknowledges the emotional challenges children may feel when parents divorce or separate. Reinforces the view that the child is not to blame and will continued to be loved as before, and sometimes it is not possible to 'fix' a problem. Explains that parents can sometimes live happily apart.
"My mum and dad are broken, I don't know what to do. My mum and dad have come undone, I need to... read more

Tags: divorce, father, mother, relationships, separation

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What Makes Me Happy?
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
How this book may help: May help a child to identify emotions they are experiencing and encourage them to discuss any they feel uncomfortable with. Reassures children that it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions.
Each double page spread in this book focuses on a different emotion. The left hand pages show... read more

Tags: separation anxiety, relationships, phobias, monsters, growing up, friends, fears, fear of the dark, family, emotions, diversity, bullying, anxiety, anger, absence, shyness

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A Day With Dad
Author: Bo Holmberg
Illustrator: Eva Eriksson
How this book may help: Shows how the love between a child and an estranged parent can remain strong regardless of how far apart they are. Reinforcing the pride a father and son can have for each other.
Tim's dad lives in another town and doesn't see him very often. When Tim comes to visit his dad for... read more

Tags: father, emotions, divorce, absence, relationships, separation, single parent

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Get Well Soon
Author: Charlotte Hudson
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Allaying fears children may have when a loved one is sick and needs to spend time in hospital.
Wobbly Fang comes down to breakfast one morning and wonders where his mummy is. His Daddy explains... read more

Tags: serious illness, relationships, operation, illness, hospital, family, anxiety, treatment

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Lucy and the Bully
Author: Claire Alexander
Illustrator: Claire Alexander
How this book may help: Reassuring young children that it's good to let an adult know if they are being bullied or teased. Gently suggests that bullies may have insecurities or issues themselves, and sometimes tolerance and understanding can alleviate the problem.
Lucy enjoys nursery, but she doesn't like the way classmate Tommy treats her. He knocks paint over... read more

Tags: anger, bullying, friends, nursery, playgroup, relationships

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Just Like You Did
Author: Marjorie Newman
Illustrator: Ken Wilson-Max
How this book may help: Acknowledging feelings of anxiety or jealousy that can sometimes come up when a new baby arrives. Reassuring children that despite the fact life has changed, they are still special and loved by their parents.
The story starts as Tom is just about to have a new baby brother or sister arrive. He watches... read more

Tags: sibling, relationships, new baby, jealousy, growing up, family, emotions, brother, anger

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Do Unto Otters: A Book about Manners
Author: Laurie Keller
Illustrator: Laurie Keller
How this book may help: Encouraging young children to respect differences in others and act with kindness and politeness.
Mr Rabbit's new neighbours are otters, which makes him nervous. He has never met an otter before,... read more

Tags: relationships, prejudice, politeness, manners, helping, friends, diversity, co-operation

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My Amazing Dad
Author: Ross Collins
Illustrator: Ross Collins
How this book may help: May be useful to explain to young children that all fathers are different and each one is good at different things. Introduces the concept of work and careers, and encourages fathers and sons to be proud of one another.
Snip the little crocodile has no idea what his dad does all day. All the other animals tell him... read more

Tags: comfort, father, growing up, love, relationships

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I Wished for You: An Adoption Story
Author: Marianne Richmond
Illustrator: Marianne Richmond
How this book may help: Reflects the unconditional love felt between a parent and their adopted child. Explains common aspects of the adoption process. Reinforces the view that physical differences within a family are not important.
Barley the young bear snuggles up with his Mama and prompts her to tell him the story of how she... read more

Tags: love, foster, family, being different, adoption, relationships

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Our Twitchy
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Highlighting that adopted children are loved unconditionally and differences between the child and the parent are not important.
Twitchy the young rabbit wonders why his parents don't hop as he does. Twitchy is shocked to find... read more

Tags: family, diversity, being different, adoption, relationships

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It's Not Fair (Your Feelings)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: Explores the concept of unfairness in a child-friendly way and encourages children to come to terms with this emotion. Also touches upon the subject of anger and violence as the child in the story feels like 'hitting out' when she considers things to be unfair.
A little girl tells the reader about some of the things that happen to her which she considers to... read more

Tags: relationships, jealousy, hitting, gratitude, friends, emotions, behaviour, anger, sadness

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Granpa
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: John Burningham
How this book may help: A child who has lost a grandparent may identify with the little girl in the story.
A touching portrayal of the relationship between a little girl and her 'granpa', this book contains... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, family, grandparent, illness, loss, love, relationships

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Dan and Diesel
Author: Charlotte Hudson
Illustrator: Lindsey Gardiner
How this book may help: Gives a positive view of disability. The blind central character (Dan), in partnership with his faithful guide dog (Diesel), feels like he can 'conquer the world'. The book skilfully reflects the vulnerability Dan feels when he is separated from Diesel.
Dan's little brother narrates the tale of Diesel the 'wonder dog' and his relationship with his... read more

Tags: relationships, love, dog, blindness

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Dear Daddy
Author: Philippe Dupasquier
Illustrator: Philippe Dupasquier
How this book may help: Reassuring children that they are loved despite the fact that a parent sometimes needs to be absent for extended periods. Acknowledging separation anxieties and sadness children may experience when a parent is away from home.
A young girl writes to her father who is absent on board a ship on which he works. She relates... read more

Tags: absence, father, relationships, separation, separation anxiety

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Moonshadow
Author: Gillian Lobel
Illustrator: Karin Littlewood
How this book may help: To understand the loss of a loved one and that although life will carry on, they will not be forgotten.
Moonshadow is a young swan about to set off no his first migration. He is nervous and his... read more

Tags: bereavement, comfort, death, emotions, family, grandparent, love, relationships, sadness

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Everybody Matters: A First Look at Respect for Others
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: This non-fiction picture book introduces children to the concept of respect, fair treatment and anti-discrimination. It explains that you can earn respect by being polite, honest and by listening to others: qualities that will ultimately lead to making the world a better place.
An important part of the book explains how bullies often try to force people to respect them... read more

Tags: behaviour, being different, bullying, diversity, manners, prejudice, relationships

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I Can Make a Difference: A First Look at Setting a Good Example
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harker
How this book may help: Helps children to understand the importance of good manners, helping others and being considerate by setting a good example.
The book opens by explaining that everyone in the world is a teacher, and everyone learns by... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, manners, politeness, relationships, rudeness

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Lamb-A-Roo
Author: Diana Kimpton
Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw
How this book may help: A comforting look at adoption and accepting that you don't have to look alike and be the same to be loved.
Lamb wants a Maa and Kangaroo wants a baby. Lamb may look nothing like the other baby kangaroos... read more

Tags: adoption, being different, family, love, relationships

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The Bad Tempered Ladybird
Author: Eric Carle
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How this book may help: Encouraging children to share and value friendship, rather than bullying to get what they want.
The bad-tempered ladybird doesn't like to share and picks fights with all the other animals to get... read more

Tags: bullying, friends, relationships

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All For One
Author: Jill Murphy
Illustrator: Jill Murphy
How this book may help: Rivalries and conflicts of childhood friendships.
Marlon (the little monster from The Last Noo Noo) wants someone to play with but his friends keep... read more

Tags: friends, relationships

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Pumpkin Soup
Author: Helen Cooper
Illustrator: Helen Cooper
Duck, Squirrel and cat live happily together until the day duck decides he wants to change his role... read more

Tags: relationships, helping, friends, co-operation, anger

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Measuring Angels
Author: Lesley Ely
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
Two little girls are given a sunflower seed to plant and care for but they argue and the plant... read more

Tags: friends, behaviour, relationships

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The Sunflower Sword
Author: Mark Sperring
Illustrator: Miriam Latimer
How this book may help: A good choice of book to reinforce the message that friendship is far better than fighting. It also has a theme of acceptance, and encourages the reader not to judge people on outward appearance.
A small boy loves pretending to be a knight and slaying imaginary dragons. When he asks his mother... read more

Tags: relationships, hitting, friends, being different, violence

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My Big Brother, Boris
Author: Liz Pichon
Illustrator: Liz Pichon
How this book may help: Shows children that teenage siblings, although they spend more time with their friends and sometimes argue with Mum and Dad, will always love them and remain part of the family.
Little Croc has tons of fun with his big brother Boris until he starts spending more time with his... read more

Tags: relationships, friends, family, co-operation, brother, behaviour, sibling

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Hodge the Hedgehog
Author: Amy Sparkes
Illustrator: Benji Davies
How this book may help: Encourages children to see the pleasure in sharing and playing well with others.
Hodge the hedgehog is a hedge-hogger. He would rather have the hedge to himself and keeps all the... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, emotions, friends, helping, manners, relationships, rudeness, sharing

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Bug and Bear
Author: Ann Bonwill
Illustrator: Layn Marlow
How this book may help: Children struggle at times to negotiate the ups and downs of friendship. This book reassures young children that though their friends may not always be in the mood to play with them, their friendship still endures.
Bear is not in the mood to play. She wants a nap. Bug wants to play and will not take no for an... read more

Tags: anxiety, co-operation, emotions, friends, relationships

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The Tunnel
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
How this book may help: Siblings frequently struggle to get along. This book will help brothers and sisters recognise the love that underlies their sometimes fraught relationship.
Rose and Jack do not like doing any of the same things and argue all the time when they are... read more

Tags: anxiety, brother, co-operation, family, friends, relationships, sister

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Squirrel's Busy Day
Author: Lucy Barnard
Illustrator: Lucy Barnard
How this book may help: By sending out the message that friendship should be valued and that you should always find time to be with your friends.
Squirrel is busy collecting acorns and doesn’t have time to play with his friends. But when... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, relationships

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Put Away Your Phone!
Author: Tracy Bryan
Illustrator: David Barrow
How this book may help: Encourages a child to develop strategies to manage situations that make them cross. Helps a child to see that phones can be useful in an emergency, and forces parents to consider how much time they may be spending on their devices.
Emma is a little girl who struggles to get her parents’ attention, because they always seem to be... read more

Tags: anger, behaviour, co-operation, emotions, relationships, tantrums

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It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear: A Read-Together Book for Parents and Young Children During Divorce
Author: Vicki Lansky
Illustrator: Jane Prince
Publisher's summary: "Children will identify with this unisex bear's angry and sad feelings and what it means to live in..." read more

Tags: divorce, relationships, separation, single parent

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Michael Rosen's Sad Book
Author: Michael Rosen
Illustrator: Quentin Blake
Publisher's summary: "A heartbreakingly honest account of a father’s grief for his son from the illustrious pairing of..." read more

Tags: mental illness, love, loss, father, family, emotions, depression, comfort, relationships, sadness

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