New book collection supporting children's mental health in Hertfordshire Libraries

Published: 03 Feb 2020

Hertfordshire Libraries are boosting their stock with a series of books to provide helpful and supportive advice about mental health to children.

The important new collection, Reading Well for Children, is endorsed by leading health professionals and hits library shelves from today. The books are aimed at children in Key Stage 2 (age 7-11) and feature a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers.

Terry Douris, cabinet member for Education, Libraries and Localism, said: “We are thrilled to be adding the Reading Well for Children book list to Hertfordshire Libraries already excellent range of resources. They support young people by giving them the chance to read about maintaining good mental health, dealing with tough times and navigating the world around them at school, online and in the news.”

The 33-title collection has been put together by a specially selected panel of professionals from public libraries, NHS England, Mind, the Royal College of GPs, and the School Library Association.

Tim Hutchings, cabinet member for Public Health and Prevention, said: “This is yet another fine example of our libraries playing a key role in our communities by providing an accessible source of information on a topic that will be of great importance to many of our residents. Congratulations Hertfordshire Libraries.”

The new series of books will join other Reading Well collections already on Hertfordshire Library shelves such as; Mental Health, Young People, Dementia and Reading Well for Long Term Conditions.

Visit your local library from February 3, 2020 to find out more about the Reading Well for Children book collection and explore all that Hertfordshire Libraries has to offer.

For the full booklist, visit