At the End of Holyrood Lane

Author – Dimity PowellCover image - At The End Of Holyrood Lane

Illustrator – Nicky Johnston

Picture Book

Flick loves her home at the end of Holyrood Lane. She dances with butteflies, plays in the autumn leaves and soaks up the sunshine.

But sometimes a storm comes. Sometimes they aren’t too bad, but sometimes she hides from them to feel safe. It’s not until she decides to be brave and try something different that the storms seem to fade away.

A sensitive story about the ‘storms’ young children often face under domestic violence. Gorgeous.

(Domestic violence,  Fear, Family, Courage, Brave)

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The Great Big Book of Feelings

Author – Mary HoffmanImage result for the great big book of feelings

Illustrator – Ros Asquith

Picture Book

Happy, sad, angry, bored, interested, silly. These are just some of the feelings we have, sometimes all in one day. This book of feelings explores them all, and explains why we might be feeling that way.

Bright, fun illustrations add to the sensitive text – a perfect way to spark conversations about the things we all feel.

(Feelings, Frustration)

 

The Great Big Book of Friends

Author – Mary HoffmanThe Great Big Book of Friends

Illustrator – Ros Asquith

Picture Book

There are all different types of friends. Best friends, groups of friends, imaginary friends and more. There are great things about friendships and some not so fun things too.

This book talks about friendships in their many forms – good, and not so good, and how to tackle any problems that may occur along the way. With lots of questions and jokes, this book can start conversations between a parent, teacher or relative and their young person.

Fantastic!

(Friends, Making Friends, Falling out, Arguments, Quarrels,

Ruby’s Worry

Author/Illustrator – Tom PercivalRuby's Worry

Picture Book

Ruby is a happy young girl, swinging on her swing, exploring her garden and going to school. But one day she found something. It was a worry. Only small at first it soon became even bigger than her, stopping her being herself.

When she saw a boy sitting alone in the park with his own worry perching next to him, realises she’s not alone and they find the solution to them together.

A fabulous way to show how worries happen, and how to tackle them.

(Fear, Worry, Worries, Confusion, Sharing problems)

The Gift Horse

Author – Sophie SiersThe Gift Horse

Illustrator – Katherine White

Sophisticated picture book

Olivia is still grieving the loss of her mum. She feels like there is a balloon inside her, squashing everything out, right up against her throat. She can’t seem to fit in with her friends anymore and just wants to stay in bed.

But her dad won’t let her, being patient and kind. One day he brings a horse to their farm and asks Olivia to look after him. He’s beautiful and Olivia calls him Amigo. But he’s angry too, and won’t let her near him even after hours and hours together alone.

In her frustration the balloon inside finally pops, letting out all her emotions. But this is just what she needed – for her and Amigo.

Stunning illustrations and a moving story about the process of grief.

(NZ, New Zealand, Grief, Losing a parent)

Lots and Lots of Feelings

Author – J Moore-MallinosImage result for LOTS AND LOTS OF FEELINGS - WHAT DO THEY MEAN?

Illustrator – G Mazali

Picture Book

Talking directly to the reader, each two page spread in this book talks about a particular feeling – giving an example of when they might feel it and why, and then may ask a question or give a solution.

A fantastic book to spark discussion about feelings.

(Emotions, Feelings)

Brave as can be

Author – Jo WitekBrave as Can be: A Book of Courage

Illustrator – Christine Roussey

A little girl used to be scared of everything. Noises loud and small, creepy-crawlies, dogs and night monsters. But as she’s grown she’s slowly got used to these things, discovering ways to combat her fears. Instead of her imagination frightening her, she uses it to make things into adventures! The mountain of fears she had when she was little has now shrunk to a manageable size.

A hardback book with strong pages. Each page has a cutout to add to this delightful book.

(Fears, Scared, Frightened)