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Starting School
Author: Janet Ahlberg
Illustrator: Allan Ahlberg
How this book may help: Providing a good overview of what happens at a typical primary school. A good starting point to encourage children to talk about anxieties and emotions they may be experiencing related to starting school.
The text is very straight-forward from the start, using lists (children's names, play-activities,... read more

Tags: school, friends, shyness, swimming

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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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Yummy Ice-Cream
Author: Emma Quay
Illustrator: Anna Walker
How this book may help: The book has the simple but effective message that sharing with friends is a good thing
Meet Panda, Sheep and Owl,who are friends forever. Both Panda and Sheep have ice-creams, but Owl... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, sharing

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Take turns, Max and Millie
Author: Felicity Brooks
Illustrator: Desideria Guicciardini
How this book may help: An ideal book to encourage a toddler to share.
Friends Max and Millie are finding it hard to share the big, new toy car at their nursery. Max... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, playgroup, sharing

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Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night
Author: Alex T.Smith
Illustrator: Alex T.Smith
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is anxious about the dark, spiders, ghosts or monsters, and make them realise they are not alone.
Bella Bones and Monty Mittens are best friends and have lots in common (they both like the colour... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, friends, ghosts, monsters, phobias

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This Book Belongs to Aye-Aye
Author: Richard Byrne
Illustrator: Richard Byrne
How this book may help: This entertaining book explores the idea of 'being different'. The central character has less conventional looks than his classmates, but the story reveals that his kindness and intelligence are more important than the way he looks. The book also has an anti-bullying message.
The hero of the story is Aye-Aye (an Aye-Aye is a rather curious-looking animal that lives in the... read more

Tags: being different, bullying, co-operation, friends, helping, persistence, prejudice, school

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Rabbityness
Author: Jo Empson
Illustrator: Jo Empson
How this book may help: Celebrates individuality, encourages creativity in everyone and positively introduces children to dealing with loss of any kind
Rabbit loves doing 'rabbity' things like washing his whiskers and sleeping in his burrow but he... read more

Tags: friends, bereavement, being different, loss

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The Bear and the Wildcat
Author: Kazumi Yumoto
Illustrator: Komako Sakai
How this book may help: This book covers themes of grief, loneliness and loss in a clear and touching way.
When Bear finds his best friend Bird lying dead one morning he is devastated. He shuts himself away... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, depression, emotions, friends, loss, love, sadness

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The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

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I Am Not a Copycat! (Hugo & Bella)
Author: Ann Bonwill
Illustrator: Simon Rickerty
How this book may help: This book comically reflects a behavioural quirk that many children display at some point: imitating those around them to the point of extreme annoyance! The story gently promotes tolerance in others.
Hugo the hippo is unique; only he can stand on his head, do the splits, touch his toes and... read more

Tags: co-operation, behaviour, friends

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I'm the Happiest
Author: Anna Shuttlewood
Illustrator: Anna Shuttlewood
How this book may help: A lovely story which teaches children that the path to true happiness is to be content with what you already have. While all the other animals compete and compare, Racoon is happy to be himself.
While all the other animals are busy arguing over who is the best, only the Raccoon is happy for... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, diversity, friends, gratitude

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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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I'm Special, I'm Me!
Author: Ann Meek
Illustrator: Sarah Massini
How this book may help: Promoting tolerance, co-operation and acceptance and celebrating diversity. May help to boost a child's self-esteem and realise that being different isn't a negative trait.
Milo is sad as his classmates have different ideas to him about what roles he should play in their... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, being different, prejudice

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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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Going to Nursery
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
How this book may help: Allaying fears about starting playgroup or nursery and being absent from a parent.
Anna wasn't big enough to go to school (or work!) but her Mummy said she was getting too big to... read more

Tags: friends, growing up, nursery, playgroup, separation anxiety

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Selfish Sophie
Author: Damian Kelleher
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: Encouraging sharing, politeness and friendship.
Sophie doesn't like sharing. She keeps her books, sweets, cuddly toys and other things to herself.... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, emotions, friends, politeness, rudeness, sharing, stubbornness

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The Gotcha Smile
Author: Rita Philips Mitchell
Illustrator: Alex Ayliffe
How this book may help: Acknowledging anxieties that some children may feel about making new friends and starting school. Provides positive suggestions for overcoming shyness.
It is Clarine's first day at her new school, she is keen to make lots of friends but things don't... read more

Tags: school, friends, confidence, shyness

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The Rainbow Fish
Author: Marcus Pfister
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This may encourage a child to share.
Fish is very proud of his beautiful scales. The other fish are transfixed by them, and ask him if... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, sharing

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Frog is Sad
Author: Max Velthuijs
Illustrator: Max Velthuijs
How this book may help: This book, which simply reflects how negative emotions can sometimes be turned into positive ones, may be useful to explore emotions with very young children.
Frog wakes up one morning feeling sad, but he is not sure why. His animal friends are worried about... read more

Tags: depression, emotions, friends, sadness

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Chill
Author: Carol Thompson
Illustrator: Carol Thompson
How this book may help: Acknowledges that everyday situations may give rise to negative emotions in young children. The story offers some practical suggestions that young children can use to ease anxiety and frustration, such as deep breathing.
Dolly the young pig sometimes like to play alone and sometimes play with her best friend Jack... read more

Tags: sharing, sadness, friends, emotions, co-operation, behaviour, anxiety, anger, stubbornness, tantrums

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Happy Hector
Author: Polly Dunbar
Illustrator: Polly Dunbar
How this book may help: Helping children deal with sibling rivalry and sharing parental affections.
Hector is one of Tilly's toy friends, and loves being close to her. When Tilly's other toys decide... read more

Tags: co-operation, family, friends, sadness, sharing, sibling

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I Feel Jealous (Your Emotions)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: Helping a child come to terms with feelings of jealousy, including sibling rivalry.
This book explores the emotion of jealousy from the point of view of a young child. It reassures... read more

Tags: family, emotions, friends, jealousy

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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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Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
Author: Ed Merchant
Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
How this book may help: May help and support children who are being parented by gay men. Encourages an appreciation of, and acceptance of, same-sex parents, and shows that families come in all shapes and sizes. Promotes a positive view of gay relationships.
Seven-year-old Ben has a pretty ordinary life in all respects but one: he has three dads. 'Baba... read more

Tags: multicultural, friends, father, emotions, diversity, being different, anxiety, anger, adoption, prejudice

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Ribbit Rabbit
Author: Candace Ryan
Illustrator: Mike Lowery
How this book may help: This book follows two friends whilst they play, fight and then learn to share and help each other out so that they can have more fun together as friends
Ribbit and Rabbit are two friends who ‘dip it’ and ‘dap it’ when they go swimming and... read more

Tags: sharing, friends, co-operation

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Smudge's Grumpy Day
Author: Miriam Moss
Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
How this book may help: May help a child deal with a bad mood understanding that running away does not help and how important home is.
Smudge is a little mouse who wakes up in a bad mood; plenty of adults know what that is like! It... read more

Tags: emotions, behaviour, friends, sadness

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ATCHOO: The Complete Guide to Good Manners
Author: Mij Kelly
Illustrator: Mary McQuillan
How this book may help: Appealing and amusing way to show children the consequences of unkindness and bad manners.
Brief Synopsis: One fateful day Suzy Sue sneezes all over her animal friends. They decide it’s... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, manners, rudeness

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Boo to the Who in the Dark
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Sarah Messine
How this book may help: Showing that when faced, fears aren’t as bad as they seem.
Long Nose and Little Legs are the best of friends but Long Nose is so afraid of the dark he... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, friends

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Rocky and the Lamb
Author: Greg Gormley
Illustrator: Lynne Chapman
How this book may help: The book shows how being positive about someone can have positive results and can even make a mean wolf change his ways and become a good wolf.
A wolf called Rocky lives behind a boulder on a ‘lonely stony’ mountain pass at the... read more

Tags: behaviour, friends

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Back to School Tortoise
Author: Lucy M. George
Illustrator: Merel Eyckerman
How this book may help: It shows how even though we all worry about situations, they usually turn out to be a lot more fun than we first thought.
After a lovely summer holiday Tortoise is going back to school, on his way he worries about... read more

Tags: anxiety, confidence, friends, school

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Having Fun! (Just Like Us!)
Author:
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: A board book for babies and toddlers which introduces the concepts of sharing, friendship and fun.
The book shows a variety of animals (Racoons hide-and-seeking, dogs rolling and wrestling, and so... read more

Tags: friends, sharing

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Doctor Monkey
Author: Felix Hayes
Illustrator: Hannah Broadway
How this book may help: This would be a great choice for a child who is poorly to read in bed.
Best friends Monkey and Robot live in a house together. One morning, Robot has a headache, a runny... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, illness

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Playing in the Park (Why Manners Matter)
Author: Jillian Powell
Illustrator:
How this book may help: This book covers the important aspects of playing with others in the park. It provides good examples of the little things that can make life much more agreeable for everyone and that make no-one feel excluded. It is written in language that children can easily understand.
The book touches upon a number of situations and issues important for a day in the playground,... read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, friends, sharing

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Do You Still Love Me?
Author: Charlotte Middleton
Illustrator: Charlotte Middleton
How this book may help: This could help a child overcome feelings of jealousy and learn to become friends with someone they may have seen as a rival. It could also help a child cope with their feelings when a new baby comes into the family.
Anna has a faithful dog called Dudley and Dudley wakes up early, eats a hearty breakfast, plays... read more

Tags: cat, dog, friends, jealousy

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Sleepover (First Time)
Author:
Illustrator: Jess Stockham
How this book may help: A good choice of book to set a child's expectations of what happens at a sleepover. The simple conversational text and lively illustrations may encourage them to talk about the experience and ask questions.
The book depicts an excited little boy and his mother setting out on a bus journey to the boy's... read more

Tags: behaviour, fear of the dark, friends, independence

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Melrose and Croc - Friends For Life
Author: Emma Chichester Clark
Illustrator:
Melrose and Croc are best friends. They love the things about each other that make them who they... read more

Tags: friends

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A Secret Worth Sharing
Author: Jonathan Emmett
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Sharing friends
Mokle makes a new friend, mouse, but decides not to share mouse with his other friends. Rabbit,... read more

Tags: friends, sharing

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Say Hello
Author: Jack Foreman
Illustrator: Michael Foreman
How this book may help: For all children who are lonely, shy and feel isolated
A lonely dog asks some children if he can join in their games and fun. A lonely little boy... read more

Tags: confidence, friends, sharing, shyness

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Limelight Larry
Author: Leigh Hodgkinson
Illustrator:
An empty book is just the thing for Limelight Larry, he can be the star of his very own story, the... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends

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Beegu
Author: Alexis Deacon
Illustrator:
How this book may help: A story for anyone who has ever felt lonely, lost and unloved
Beegu's spaceship is stranded on earth and she is lost and alone. She meets lots of strange... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, diversity, friends, loneliness, sadness, separation anxiety

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The Gordon Star
Author: Rebecca Patterson
Illustrator: Mary Rees
All the children in Gordon's class receive stars for being good at something. Except Gordon that... read more

Tags: behaviour, friends

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Sidney Goes to School
Author: Sharon Rentta
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Children at school who may feel they aren't very good at anything or feel 'outshone' by another child in their clss and resort to bad behaviour to be noticed
Sidney is quite happy at school until Alfie the Chimp arrives. Alfie is good at everything and... read more

Tags: confidence, friends

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The Cloud
Author: Hannah Cumming
Illustrator:
One of the children in art class never draws and is always surrounded by a big black cloud. She is... read more

Tags: emotions, friends, persistence, sadness, shyness

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Duck, Death and the Tulip
Author: Wolf Erlbruch
Illustrator:
Duck has felt a presence following her, always close at hand, and one day she turns round and finds... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, friends

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My Friend With Autism
Author: Beverly Bishop
Illustrator: Craig Bishop
This is a book which helps children understand autism. It presents a positive picture of what... read more

Tags: autism, being different, friends

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See You Later Mum
Author: Jennifer Northway
Illustrator:
How this book may help: Comforting for children starting playgroup or nursery.
William isn't very happy on his first day at playschool so mum stays with him to help him settle... read more

Tags: separation anxiety, playgroup, nursery, independence, friends, confidence, absence, shyness

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The Bad Tempered Ladybird
Author: Eric Carle
Illustrator:
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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When Zeeder met a Xyder
Author: Malachy Doyle
Illustrator: Joel Stewart
Two lonely creatures looking for love find each other but initially think they look so different... read more

Tags: being different, friends

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Dennis Duckling
Author: Paul Sambrooks
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: Fostering/Adoption
Dennis Duckling and his little sister can no longer be looked after by their own parents and need... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, family, fears, foster, friends, sadness, separation anxiety

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Freddy Meets Ginger: The Fox Who Was Allergic to Eggs
Author: Josie Warburton
Illustrator: Josie Warburton
How this book may help: This is a gentle and informative picture book for young children about severe food allergy and anaphylaxis.
Freddy the mouse meets Ginger Fox, who is severely allergic to eggs. This means he can't eat or... read more

Tags: medicine, injections, illness, health, friends, food allergies, doctor, needles

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Freddy Meets Isobel: The Mouse Who Was Allergic to Milk
Author: Josie Warburton
Illustrator: Josie Warburton
How this book may help: This picture book for young children contains information about food allergies.
Freddy the mouse's cousin Isobel is allergic to milk. Her allergy is severe enough that she can't... read more

Tags: doctor, food allergies, friends, health, injections, medicine, needles

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Freddy Meets Nutmeg: The Squirrel Who Was Allergic to Nuts
Author: Josie Warburton
Illustrator: Josie Warburton
How this book may help: This is a gentle and informative picture book for young children about severe food allergy and anaphylaxis.
Freddy the Mouse meets Nutmeg, a squirrel who is severely allergic to nuts. Even touching a nut... read more

Tags: food allergies, friends, health, illness, injections, needles

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Freddy Meets Bones: The Pirate Who Was Allergic to Fish
Author: Josie Warburton
Illustrator: Josie Warburton
How this book may help: This is a gentle and informative picture book for young children about severe food allergy and anaphylaxis.
Freddy the Mouse meets Bones the Pirate. Bones is sad because he his severely allergic to fish,... read more

Tags: eating, friends, health, injections, medicine, needles

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Freddy Goes Flying: The Important Lesson of Flying with an Allergy
Author: Josie Warburton
Illustrator: Josie Warburton
How this book may help: This picture book for young children is about travelling with a severe food allergy.
When Freddy the Mouse and Nutmeg the Squirrel visit the airfield, Nutmeg inadvertently becomes a... read more

Tags: eating, friends, health, holidays, injections, needles

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I Can't Hear Like You (Talking it Through)
Author: Althea
Illustrator: Bridget Dowty
How this book may help: This book should give hearing children an insight into the experiences of a deaf child. Deaf children may relate to the boy in the story.
Tom, who is a young deaf boy, narrates his story. He tells the reader how he wears a hearing aid to... read more

Tags: bullying, deafness, doctor, emotions, fears, friends, health, prejudice, school

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Blue Chameleon
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
Chameleon can be anything he likes, but despite that no-one wants to be his friend. Will he ever... read more

Tags: being different, friends

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The Talent Show
Author: Jo Hodgkinson
Illustrator: Jo Hodgkinson
How this book may help: Supporting children who may feel they have no special gift or who are judged on first impressions.
Four friends decide to enter a talent show but don't want to include a small red bird who is keen... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, friends

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Frank and Teddy Make Friends
Author: Louise Yates
Illustrator: Louise Yates
Shy, but clever, Frank Mouse needs a friend to help him understand that true friendship is about... read more

Tags: friends, sharing, shyness

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The Deaf Musician
Author: Pete Seeger Paul Dubois Jacobs
Illustrator: Gregory Christie
When a jazz musician begins to lose his hearing he must find a new way of making music. Together... read more

Tags: deafness, friends

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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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Mr Big
Author: Ed Vere
Illustrator: Ed Vere
Mr Big is strong and tough and scares people, but in his heart he's just a big softy. Can he get... read more

Tags: being different, confidence, friends, loneliness, sadness

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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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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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But Martin
Author: June Counsel
Illustrator: Neal Layton
How this book may help: Difference/Friendship/Fitting In
Four very different children arrive at school expecting an ordinary day but then Martin, the... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, being different, anxiety, school

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Bear and Me
Author: Ella Burfoot
Illustrator: Ella Burfoot
How this book may help: Patience/Growing Up/Friendship
A little girl and her teddy bear are so small they can't swim, fly or climb, but both know things... read more

Tags: growing up, friends, swimming

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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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Leave Me Alone
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: This may help a bullied child to see that with the help of friends they can stand up to the bully
A little boy struggles to stand up to a bully but discovers that with the help of his friends he... read more

Tags: bullying, friends

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The Very Helpful Hedgehog
Author: Rosie Wellesley
Illustrator: Rosie Wellesley
How this book may help: Promotes friendly behaviour and willingness to help out
Isaac the hedgehog enjoys his own company until the day an apple falls onto his spikes. No matter... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, helping

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Oliver
Author: Birgitta Sif
Illustrator: Birgitta Sif
How this book may help: Every child feels different and alone sometimes and all carers learn to fear the wail “I don’t have any friends”. When loneliness strikes this book is the only friend a child will need.
Birgitta Sif creates a fascinating, shadowy dream-world populated by comical, bug-eyed characters.... read more

Tags: loneliness, friends, being different, shyness

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Leave Me Alone
Author: Kes Gray
Illustrator: Lee Wildish
How this book may help: This picture book shows how a group of friends can stand together to stop bullying. It accurately reflects how sad and lonely a child can feel who is being bullied.
Friendly animals try to help a sad boy sitting alone but his response to them is "leave me alone".... read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, friends, sadness

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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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Ping and Pong are Best Friends (mostly)
Author: Tim Hopgood
Illustrator: Tim Hopgood
How this book may help: When your child falls out with their best friend this book will show that even the greatest friendships have their ups and downs.
Ping and Pong are best friends but Ping gets tired of Pong always being the best at everything and... read more

Tags: co-operation, friends, jealousy

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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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It's Not Your's It's Mine!
Author: Susanna Moores
Illustrator: Susanna Moores
How this book may help: All young children find sharing extremely difficult. The story of Blieka and Blieka’s beloved ball will help a small child to acknowledge their own feelings of possessiveness and see the benefits of sharing.
Blieka’s ball was a special present and Blieka loves it, taking it everywhere and refusing to... read more

Tags: co-operation, emotions, friends, 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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Walter and the No-Need-to-Worry Suit
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Rachel Bright
How this book may help: Although childhood is supposed to be a carefree time of no responsibilities in fact many children do worry about anything from friendships to sports day.
Walter is also a worrier and when he finds that he has been entered in three events in the... read more

Tags: anxiety, exercise, friends

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Odd Bird Out
Author: Helga Bansch
Illustrator: Helga Bansch
How this book may help: Whilst generally children want to fit in with their peers many others either cannot or do not want to be like everybody else.
Robert the raven wants to wear colourful clothes and sing and dance outrageously but all the other... read more

Tags: being different, friends, persistence

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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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I Want To Be Like Poppin' Joe
Author: Jo Meserve Mach and Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier
Illustrator: Mary Birdsell
How this book may help: This book tells the true story of a successful, hard working man with Down Syndrome and Autism, and the positive effect he has on a young boy.
This lovely photo story book features real-life people. The small boy in the story (Dylan) is... read more

Tags: confidence, Down's syndrome, friends, independence

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Witches and Fairies
Author: Eva Montanari
Illustrator: Eva Montanari
How this book may help: Children can sometimes form friendship circles which exclude others, which can be difficult for the children left on the outside. This book focusses on Clotilda, a little girl who doesn’t really fit into the group of fairies and group of witches she longs to play with.
Clotilda has to make do with watching them, or refereeing their races and battles. One night, the... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, confidence, co-operation, bullying, being different, prejudice

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Introducing Teddy
Author: Jessica Walton
Illustrator: Dougal MacPherson
How this book may help: This book may strike a chord with children struggling with gender identity. There are also other clear messages: accepting people for who they are/celebrating diversity and encouraging children to share worries with friends rather than keep them bottled up.
Errol and Thomas the teddy bear are inseparable friends who play together every day. Errol notices... read more

Tags: being different, diversity, friends, gender, prejudice

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The Wolf Who Cried Boy!
Author: James O'Neill
Illustrator: Russell Ayto
How this book may help: Challenges preconceptions that may be associated with unfamiliar situations, and promotes tolerance of other ways of life.
On the outskirts of a village, there lives a pack of wolves. The villagers fear the wolves, and... read more

Tags: co-operation, diversity, fears, friends, prejudice

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The Tigon and the Liger
Author: Keilly Swift
Illustrator: Cosei Cawa
How this book may help: Encourages the child to see differences in a positive way, whether in themselves or in others, and shows the merits of diversity.
Tyler is a tigon. His dad is was a tiger, and his mum was a lion. But Tyler feels isolated by the... read more

Tags: adoption, being different, diversity, family, friends, prejudice, shyness

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Be a Friend
Author: Salina Yoon
Illustrator: Salina Yoon
How this book may help: Reassures children that it is normal to be different! Encourages the reader to celebrate these differences and understand that there are other people who feel the same way, who are out there waiting for friendship, too. This story would help children with mutism or other communication issues, who struggle to relate to those around them.
Dennis is an ordinary boy, but he has unusual ways of expressing himself. His nickname is Mime Boy,... read more

Tags: friends, mutism

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Monster in the Hood
Author: Steve Antony
Illustrator: Steve Antony
How this book may help: This story tackles the fear of the unknown, and helps a child to consider that situations they might initially think are scary can turn out to be harmless, and even enjoyable. It also challenges prejudice.
Three friends (Sammi Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog and Marvin Mouse) have all heard about the “Monster... read more

Tags: prejudice, monsters, friends, fears, being different, anxiety

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"Oh, No," said Elephant
Author: A. H. Benjamin
Illustrator: Alireza Goldouzian
How this book may help: Helps a child to see that not everyone is good at the same thing. Individuals have different strengths, and everybody is good at something!
Elephant and his (smaller) friends are playing together, but Elephant is struggling to keep up with... read more

Tags: being different, diversity, friends, growing up, persistence, prejudice

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Topsy and Tim: Make a New Friend
Author: Jean and Gareth Adamson
Illustrator: Jean Adamson
How this book may help: Educates young children on common aspects of physical disability and encourages tolerance and acceptance.
Publisher's summary: "Topsy and Tim are delighted to learn that their disabled friend Jenny is going to join their class...." read more

Tags: disability, friends, wheelchair

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Let's Talk: My Friend has Down's Syndrome
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Illustrator: Marta Fabrega
How this book may help: By inspiring and encouraging children to overcome barriers that can exist between children with Down's syndrome and their playmates.
Publisher's summary: "My friend has Down's syndrome is a sensitively written story about two children who meet at a..." read more

Tags: being different, disability, diversity, Down's syndrome, friends

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Manners in School
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: By encouraging children to behave in a thoughtful, polite and caring manner at school.
Publisher's summary: "The 'Manners' series shows children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their..." read more

Tags: behaviour, bullying, co-operation, compliance, diversity, friends, hygiene, politeness, prejudice, school, sharing

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Manners On Holiday
Author: Arianna Candell
Illustrator: Rosa M.Curto
How this book may help: The Manners books show children how to resolve small difficulties they might face in their daily lives. These stories help children to develop their social skills early in a fun and friendly way.
Publisher's summary: "In this story Peter and Sara are going on a summer camping holiday with their parents. At the..." read more

Tags: tidiness, table manners, swimming, sharing, rudeness, politeness, manners, hygiene, holidays, helping, health, friends, diversity, disability, compliance, co-operation, being different, behaviour, washing

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Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book
Author: Amanda Li
Illustrator: Melanie Williamson
How this book may help: This appealingly illustrated book should encourage children to think of others and remember their manners.
Publisher's summary: "It's nice to have good manners! Join Pirate Pete and Princess Polly as they learn all about saying..." read more

Tags: behaviour, co-operation, compliance, friends, manners, politeness, rudeness, sharing, table manners

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Where The Poppies Now Grow
Author: Hilary Robinson
Illustrator: Martin Impey
How this book may help: This beautifully illustrated book written in simple rhyme is a sensitive introduction to the First World War for young children.
Publisher's summary: "The carefree childhood of Ben and his best friend Ray becomes a distant memory when they join the..." read more

Tags: friends, gratitude

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