The NEW Reading Well for Children Collection has launched this week. Originally known colloquially as Books on Prescription, Reading Well for Children recommends reading to help children understand their feelings and worries and cope with tough times. The books cover themes such as emotions, bereavement, worry and bullying. The books have been chosen by children, carers, health experts and librarians. They are endorsed by leading health organisations such as NHS England, Mind and the Royal College of GPs.
The booklist is targeted at children in Key Stage 2 (aged 7-11) and includes a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers. The book list can be viewed here.
This collection acts as an accompaniment to the Shelf Help Collection that launched a few years back and was aimed at teenagers.
These books are available in all Portsmouth Libraries and Pat Garrett from the Library Service can supply copies of the official leaflet which lists the books and explains the collection to schools upon request. She can also supply A4 posters for school libraries.
A Powerpoint presentation explaining the collection for the purposes of staff meetings and training is also available upon request.
For further information contact Pat Garrett at [email protected]cc.gov.uk or 023 9268 8259.