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Reading Well – Shelf Help

A list of recommended books to help young people deal with a range of issues (e.g. self-esteem, bullying, stress).

All books can be reserved free of charge. It’s free to join the library – find out how.

Condition/topic Title Author
General Stuff that Sucks: Accepting what You Can’t Change and Committing to What You Can Ben Sedley
General Mind Your Head James Dawson
General The Self-Esteem Team’s Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! Natasha Devon et al
General Blame My Brain: The Amazing Teenage Brain Revealed Nicola Morgan
General Quiet the Mind Matthew Johnstone
General (fiction) Every Day David Levithan
General (fiction) House of Windows Alexia Casale
General (fiction) Kite Spirit Sita Brahmachari
General (fiction) I’ll Give You the Sun Jandy Nelson
ADHD Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD  Patricia Quinn et al
Anxiety My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic  Michael Tompkins et al
Anxiety The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry and Panic  Jennifer Shannon
Anxiety The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens  Jennifer Shannon
Anxiety (fiction) The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky
Autism Spectrum Disorder The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism Naoki Higashida
Autism Spectrum Disorder Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome: A User’s Guide to Adolescence Luke Jackson
Autism Spectrum Disorder (fiction) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Mark Haddon
Bullying Teen Life Confidential: Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies  Michele Elliott
Bullying Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying  Hope Vanderberg
Confidence and self-esteem Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Self-esteem for Young People  Kate Collins-Donnelly
Confidence and self-esteem Teen Life Confidential: Self-Esteem and Being You Anita Naik
Confidence and self-esteem (fiction) Face Benjamin Zephaniah
Depression Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About it? Shirley Reynolds
Depression I Had a Black Dog Matthew Johnstone
Depression Can I Tell You About Depression? Christopher Dowrick
Body image and eating Banish Your Body Image Thief: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Building Positive Body Image for Young People Kate Collins-Donnelly
Body image and eating Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? Lucy Watson
Body image and eating (fiction) Tyranny: I Keep You Thin Lesley Fairfield
Mood swings Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens Sheri van Dijk
OCD Touch and Go Joe: An Adolescent’s Experience of OCD Joe Wells
OCD Breaking Free from OCD: A CBT Guide for Young People and their Families Jo Derisley et al
OCD (fiction) The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B Teresa Toten
Self-harm The Truth About Self-Harm Celia Richardson
Stress Fighting Invisible Tigers: A Stress Management Guide for Teens Earl Hipp
Stress The Teenage Guide to Stress Nicola Morgan

Information for health staff

Reading Well for young people provides book-based support young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

This interactive leaflet provides information about the scheme for GPs and other mental health professionals, such as psychological wellbeing practitioners, counsellors and therapists.

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