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Hey Warrior, You're Crushing It! and Notes on a Nervous Planet recommended by Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall

Bishop's Stortford College Prep School librarian Lizzie Hall gives Indie readers her latest book recommendations, this week focusing on mental wellbeing...

Dear Reader. It can be hard not to worry about things in these strange and uncertain times but books can offer reassurance, information and coping strategies to get us through the day without letting anxiety overwhelm us.

Here are some shelf-help suggestions for what to read this week…

Babies and toddlers

Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry.

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Ruby's Worry (34628655)

At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?

This is a perceptive and poignant story that is a must-have for all children's bookshelves.

From Tom Percival's best-selling Big Bright Feelings series, this is the perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

Ages 5-8

Hey Warrior by Karen Young

Kids can do amazing things with the right information.

Understanding why anxiety feels the way it does and where the physical symptoms come from is a powerful step in turning anxiety around.

Hey Warrior (34628678)
Hey Warrior (34628678)

Anxiety explained. Kids empowered.

Ages 9-12

The Unworry Book by Alice James

We all worry. This write-in book is an unworry toolkit, full of things to calm you down and places to put your worries.

Activities include creating a worry box, making a mood grid and mindfulness activities such as colouring, doodling and mazes. Written with the help of a psychologist, there are links to websites for tips, advice and support too.

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The Unworry Book (34628689)


The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson

Matthew has OCD. He likes sparkling clean surfaces, staying safe in his bedroom and making notes about his neighbours. He hates germs, going outside and feeling like a disappointment to his mum and dad.

When a toddler staying next door goes missing, Matthew finds himself at the centre of the mystery. Every one of his neighbours is a suspect – and Matthew is the key to working out what happened, even as his own secrets begin to unravel.

This is a story about finding friendship when you're lonely – and hope when all you feel is fear.

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The Goldfish Boy (34628702)


You're Crushing It! by Lex Croucher

This is an honest, thoughtful and hilarious self-help book by social media sensation Lex Croucher.

A survival guide to help you make it through the crazy, topsy-turvy, whirlwind ride we call life.

Brace yourself! Topics include family and friends, body confidence, technology and social media, relationships, mental health, success and more.

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You're Crushing It! (34628710)


Notes on a Nervous Planet by Matt Haig

Rates of stress and anxiety are rising. A nervous planet is creating nervous lives. And we are encouraged to worry about everything from world politics to our body mass index.

How can we stay sane on a planet that makes us mad? How do we stay human in a technological world? How do we feel happy when we are encouraged to be anxious?

After experiencing years of anxiety and panic attacks, these questions became urgent matters of life and death for Matt Haig. And he began to look for the link between what he felt and the world around him.

Notes on a Nervous Planet is a personal and vital look at how to feel happy, human and whole in the 21st century.

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Notes on a Nervous Planet (34628722)

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