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Story Books to Support Managing Emotions/Events

Reading stories to children in which fictional characters deal with different feelings and situations can help them to talk about and/or manage  similar situations

Seeing how the characters react and develop strategies can be a non threatening, indirect, manageable way for a child to be guided in coping with a scenario.

Talking about how the different characters feel, react and cope can again support a child without having to actual bring them directly into the conversation – although asking indirect, theoretical questions about how they might feel / react in similar situations can be productive in supporting their emotions/ management strategies. In fact unless they volunteer information it is often best not to directly involve their feelings. They can pick up a lot of support through the story and will open up as and when (if) they feel ready to, or need to.


There are many useful titles out there – Here are a just a few ……

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Stories about Loneliness

The Storm Whale – Benji Davies  


Frog Finds a Friend – Max Velthuijs  


Little Beaver and the Echo  –  Amy MacDonald and Sarah Fox-Davies


The Polar Bear and the Snow Cloud – Jane Cabrera

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Stories about Confidence / Being Happy with Who We Are / What We Have

Giraffes Can’t Dance Giles Andreae 


The Lion Inside PaperbackRachel Bright 


Frog is Frog – Max Velthuijs


Think BigKes Gray  (Author), Nathan Reed (Illustrator) ( Being the best you can be)


The Snail and the Whale – Julia Donaldson   (You may feel/be small you can achieve big things)


You’re too small – Shen Roddie and Steve Lavis – (being small can be important and useful!)


Kipper – Mick Inkpen   (valuing what we have)


A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson (about recognition / accepting of what we have).

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Stories Supporting Loss & Longing

The Invisible String   (workbook also available) – Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff  (How we are connected by an invisible string to those not with us, or near us)


The Invisible Web – Patrice Karst and Joanne Lew-Vriethoff  


Grandad’s Island – Benji Davies  – How those we love remain with us no matter how far away they seem).


Badger’s Parting Gift – Susan Varley –  (about death and how the memories left behind can be happy reminders and ways of keeping close to those we’ve loved).

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Stories about Friendship and Sharing

The Squirrels Who Squabbled  –  Rachel Bright(friendship and sharing)


Mouse, Mole and the falling star – H Benjamin, John Bendall Brunelllo


Sharing a Shell Julia Donaldson (About not wanting to share, but learning to do so).


The Ugly Five Paperback – Julia Donaldson (About animals normally unloved)


The Selfish Crocodile – Faustin Charles and Mike Terry

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Stories about Worries and Anxieties

The Colour Monster Anna Llenas (Recognising we are made of several different emotions and can manage these.


Owl Babies – Martin Waddell (Reassurance / attachment disorder –  that your  parent/carer will come home).


Frog is Frightened, Frog and the Stranger – Max Velthuijs  

The Koala Who Could – Rachel Bright  (Author), Jim Field  (Illustrator)

Dealing with change and over coming worries

The Huge Bag of Worries – Virginia Ironside – (coping with occasional worries)

Other Useful stories …

  • Frog series – Max Velthuijs
  • Let’s Go Home Little Bear – Martin Waddell  – Other stories in the series

I hope you find these enjoyable stories as well as helpful ones. 

Watch out for new titles being added.