Books on: Wanting to be Grown Up

Books that reflect the common childhood desire to be 'grown up'.

I'm not cute!
Author: Jonathan Allen
Illustrator: Jonathan Allen
How this book may help: Playfully addresses the way the very young often oscillate between wanting to be grown up and wanting to be babied.
In this delightful story, Baby Owl is fed up with his animal friends thinking he's cute and fluffy,... read more

Tags: growing up

Author: Sheryl Webster
Illustrator: Jan Fearnley
How this book may help: May help a child who is feeling fed up about being the youngest and not being able to do some of the things an older sister or brother gets to do.
Tinyasaurus comes from a family of dinosaurs. He is the youngest but is fed up with getting told he... read more

Tags: brother, co-operation, emotions, family, sibling, sister

Ready, Steady, Grow!
Author: Sophie Piper
Illustrator: Georgie Birkett
How this book may help: Describing to the very young positive things they can do to help their bodies grow strong and healthy. May also reassure a child eager to 'be grown up' that each day, little by little, they are moving towards this. Personal safety issues, healthy eating and good hygiene are also touched upon.
This delightfully illustrated picture book advises the reader to take positive steps to make sure... read more

Tags: hygiene, health, growing up, exercise, eating, dressing, diversity, diet, wheelchair

Ready Steady Ghost!
Author: Elizabeth Baguley
Illustrator: Marion Lindsay
How this book may help: By tapping into children's emotions of feeling small in a big world. Children who are afraid of ghosts may be comforted by the central character, Bertie: a very friendly phantom!
Bertie is a little ghost who wishes he was as good at haunting as the big ghosts. However, he finds... read more

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

Tell Me What it's Like to be Big
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
Publisher's summary: "When Willa wakes up early one morning she tries to do things for herself. She soon has to ask her..." read more

Tags: growing up, independence

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