Story books inspiration: Anti-Bullying Week

The Anti Bullying Alliance share “Research shows that experiencing bullying can have a significant impact on a child’s life well into adulthood”.

Whilst bullying thankfully is not experienced by all in our child growth community, we know it is something families have previously shared with us that some children and young people with a growth condition have sadly faced.

There are some lovely story books that provide a unique and engaging way to address complex emotions and to empower children to understand and help manage their feelings.

Reading storybooks together can allow for open discussions about emotions and mental wellbeing, and can be a platform for parents to check in with their children. Certain story books can often offer a safe space for children to explore their emotions, encountering characters who experience joy, sadness, fear, and anger, helping them understand that these feelings are natural and universal, and creating an opportunity for them to share their thoughts and feelings.

The following story books address body image, body confidence and celebrate differences.

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph | Be Who you Are by Todd Parr | It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr | Mr Big by Ed Vere

Every Child Is Different by Luna James | We All Belong by Nathalie Goss and Alex Goss | Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Sparrowlegs by Anupa Roper | Your Body Is Awesome by Sigrun DanielsdottirRock What Ya Got by Kerascoët and Samantha Berger

There is also a range of story books The Abilities in Me and their follow up series The Feelings In Me, which include the festive themed The Abilities In Me Save Christmas and The Feelings In Me: Emotions.

If you have any suggestions for books to add or share in the future, please get in touch with us at [email protected].

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