Diversity in Wellbeing booklist

We were contacted by a concerned educator who felt uncomfortable about a particular book that they were asked to use as part of the PSCHE provision. We contacted the school and provided this booklist that we are sharing here.

If you would like a copy of the letter we sent to the school or document version of the booklist please contact us via the contact page.

Schools provide an ideal environment for promoting good emotional wellbeing. For children experiencing adversity at home, school can also provide a consistent, protective and therapeutic environment which can help them to cope.

Although schools endeavour to create meaningful learning experiences for all the pupils, some provision has included literature that uses dated imagery with connotations that reinforce negative stereotypes towards marginalised groups.  We have collated a list of books that promote healthy emotional health and are reflective of the diverse society in which we live.

EYS and KS1

Ruby Finds a Worry

by Tom Percival

ISBN: 9781408892152

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings 

by Britney Lee, Jacob Souva 

ISBN: 9781506454504

The Great Big Book of Feelings

by Hoffman Mary

ISBN: 9781847807588

Red Red Red

By Polly Dunbar 


The acclaimed Polly Dunbar (Penguin, Tilly and Friends) offers, through a lively, read-aloud story, a meditative and effective way to calm the toddler tantrum.

Every toddler feels frustrated sometimes, every toddler gets ANGRY. They scream, they shout, they see RED RED RED. Now, in her singularly expressive style, the beloved Polly Dunbar brings us the perfect picture story book to share with those little ones overwhelmed by their emotions; a true-to-life, upbeat story about a toddler tantrum that offers a meditative way to calm them down. “Why not count to ten?” Mum suggests to her son. “One … two … three…”

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

by Shelly Becker

ISBN: 1454913940

I Am Perfectly Designed

by Karamo Brown, Jason “Rachel” Brown


Here We Are 

By Oliver Jeffers 


What James Said

by Liz Rosenberg 


Feelings : a lift-the-flap book of emotions

By Forshaw Louise

ISBN: 9781526381545

Big Feelings come and Go – teaching resource

B is for Breathe 

by Dr. Melissa Boyd


by Harris, Scott and Rodis


The Red Tree

By Shaun Tan

ISBN: 9780734401724

The Promise

By Nicola Davies



By Malorie blackman 


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