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Reading Well Books on Prescription for Children

Healthy minds

  • What's Going on Inside my Head? by Molly Potter (2019)
  • Healthy for Life: Self-esteem and Mental Health by Anna Claybourne (2017)
  • How Not to Lose It: Mental Health Sorted by Anna Williamson (2019)


  • How Are You Feeling Today? by Molly Potter (2014)
  • Mindful Me: Exploring Emotions by Paul Christelis (2018)
  • Feeling Angry by Katie Douglass (2019)
  • Sometimes I Feel Sad by Tom Alexander (2018)


  • Ruby's Worry by Tom Percival (2018)
  • Questions and Feelings About: Worries by Paul Christelis (2018)
  • Grobblechops by Elizabeth Laird (2019)
  • Me and My Fear by Franchesca Sanna (2018)
  • All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopmann (2017)
  • Worry Angels by Sita Brachmachari (2017)
  • Outsmarting Worry by Dawn Huebner (2018)

The world around you

At school

  • Dealing with Bullying by Jane Lacey (2019)
  • Planet Omar: Accidental Truth Magnet by Zanib Mian (2019)
  • The Illustrated Guide to Dyslexia and It's Amazing People by Kate Power (2017)
  • Ella on the Outside by Cath Howe (2018)

Being online

  • #Goldilocks by Jeanne Willis (2019)

In the news

  • Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping with Events in the News by Dawn Huebner (2019)

Dealing with tough times

When someone dies

  • Mum's Jumper by Jayde Perkin (2019)
  • Michael Rosen's Sad Book by Michael Rosen (2011)
  • If All the World Were by Joseph Coelho (2019)
  • Clownfish by Alan Durant (2018)

Getting through a tough time

  • The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself by Ali Redford (2015)

Tough times at home

  • Up and Down Mum by Sue Barker (2019)
  • The Colour Thief: A Families' Story of Depression by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters (2015)

Living well with a diagnosed condition

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Can I Tell You About ADHD? by Susan Yarney (2013)
  • Check Mates by Stewart Foster (2019)

Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

  • Questions and Feelings About: Autism by Louise Spilsbury (2018)
  • M is for Autism by The Students of Limpsfield Grange School and Vicky Martin (2015)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Double Felix by Sally Harris (2018)

Having a disability

  • Questions and Feelings About: Having a Disability by Louise Spilsbury (2017)

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia

Information and advice

Normal ageing and memory problems

  • Introduction to the Psychology of Ageing for Non-Specialists by Ian Stuart-Hamilton (2014)
  • Coping with Memory Problems by Sallue Baxendale (2014)

About dementia

  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Answers at Your Fingertips by Alex Bailey (2014)
  • Understanding Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias by Nori Graham and James Warner (2009)
  • ABC of Dementia by Bernard Coope and Felicity Richards (2014)
  • About Dementia: For People with Learning Disabilities by Karen Dodd, Vicky Turk and Michelle Christmas (2005)

For children

  • Grandma by Jessica Shepherd (2014)

Living well with dementia

  • First Steps to Living with Dementia by Simon Atkins (2013)
  • Dementia Positive by John Killick (2014)
  • Hearing the Person with Dementia: Person-Centred Approaches to Communication for Families and Caregivers by Bernie McCarthy (2011)

Activities to share

  • Chocolate Rain: 100 Ideas for a Creative Approach to Activities in Dementia Care by Sarah Zoutewelle-Morris (2011)
  • Beside the Seaside in Pictures 
  • Childhood Days in Pictures
  • The Countryside in Pictures
  • Family Life in Pictures
  • A Funny Old World in Pictures
  • In the Garden in Pictures
  • Pets in Pictures
  • Proverbs & Sayings
  • Shopping in Pictures
  • A Sporting Life in Pictures
  • Travelling in Pictures
  • A World of Work in Pictures

Support for relatives and carers

  • When Someone You Love Has Dementia by Susan Elliot-Wright (2010)
  • And Still the Music Plays: Stories of People with Dementia by Graham Stokes (2010)
  • Can I Tell You About Dementia? A Guide for Family, Friends and Carers by Jude Welton (2013)
  • Dementia: Support for Family and Friends by Dave Pulsford and Rachel Thompson (2012)
  • 10 Helpful Hints for Carers: Practical Solutions for Carers Living with People with Dementia by June Andrews (2009)
  • Seeing Beyond Dementia: A Handbook for Carers with English as a Second Language by Rita Salomon (2013)

Personal stories

  • Dancing with Dementia: My Story of Living Positively with Dementia by Christine Bryden (2005)
  • Dear Dementia: The Laughter and the Tears by Ian Donaghy (2014)
  • Still Alice by Lisa Genova (2014)
  • Losing Clive to Younger Onset Dementia: One Family's Story by Helen Beaumont (2008)
  • Telling Tales About Dementia: Experiences of Caring by Lucy Whitman (2009)
  • The Little Girl in the Radiator: Mum, Alzheimer's and Me by Martin Slevin (2012)
  • But Then Something Happened: A Story of Everyday Dementia by Chris Carling (2012)

Reading Well Books on Prescription for long term conditions


  • How to Feel Better: Practical Ways to Recover Well from Illness and Injury by Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins (2015)
  • Self-Management of Long-Term Health Conditions edited by Kate Lorig (2014)

Common symptoms


  • Fighting Fatigue: A Practical Guide to Managing the Symptoms of CFS/ME by Sue Pemberton and Catherine Berry (2013)
  • Overcoming Chronic Fatigue by Mary Burgess and Trudie Chalder (2009)


  • Manage Your Pain by Michael Nicholas, Allan Molloy, Lois Tonkin and Lee Beeston (2011)
  • Overcoming Chronic Pain by Catherine Caros, Frances Cole, Hazel Howden-Leach and Helen Macdonald (2010)
  • Pain is Really Strange by Steve Haines and Sophie Standing (2017)

Sleep problems

  • An Introduction to Coping with Insomnia & Sleep Problems (2nd ed.) by Colin Espie (2017)

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Coping with the Psychological Effects of Illness: Strategies to Manage Anxiety and Depression by Fran Smith, Robert Bor and Karina Eriksen (2015)
  • Mindfulness for Health: A Practical Guide to Relieving Pain, Reducing Stress and Restoring Wellbeing by Vidyamala Burch and Danny Pennman (2013)

Selected long term conditions


  • Arthiritis: A Practical Guide to Getting On With Your Life by Chris Jenner (2011)
  • Arthiritis: Exercise Your Way to Health by Paula Coates (2010)

Bowel conditions

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Answers at Your Fingertips by Udi Shmueli (2017)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Navigating Your Way to Recovery by Megan Arroll and Christine Dancey (2016)
  • Go Your Crohn Way by Kathleen Nicholls (2016)

Breathing difficulties

  • Asthma: Answers at Your Fingertips by Mark Levy, Monica Fletcher and Soren Pederson (2013)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD): The Facts by Graeme P. Currie (2009)


  • Diabetes for Dummies by Alan L. Rubin (2011)
  • Diabetes: The Facts by David Matthews, Niki Meston, Pam Dyson, Jenny Shaw, Laurie King and Aparna Pal (2008)
  • Type 2 Diabetes in Adults of All Ages (2nd ed.) by Charles Fox and Anne Kilvert (2013)

Heart disease

  • Heart Attack Survival Guide by Mark Greener (2012)
  • Living with Angina by Tom Smith (2017)
  • Understanding and Dealing with Heart Disease by Keith Souter (2014)


  • Stroke: The Facts by Richard I. Lindley (2017)
  • Rebuilding Your Life After Stroke by Reg Morris, Malin Falck, Tamsin Miles, Julie Wilcox and Sam Fisher-Hicks (2017)
  • How I Rescued My Brain: A Psychologist's Remarkable Recovery from Stroke and Trauma by David Roland (2015)

Support for relatives and carers

  • The Carer's Handbook (3rd ed.) by Jane Matthews (2019)
  • The Selfish Pig's Guide to Caring: How to Cope with the Emotional and Practical Aspects of Caring for Someone by Hugh Marriott (2009)

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Mental Health

Introductions to Therapies and Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Your Toolkit to Modify Mood, Overcome Obstructions and Improve Your Life by Elain Iljon Foreman and Clair Pollard (2016)


  • Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman (2011)

Common Feelings and Experiences


  • Overcoming Anger and Irritability: A Self-Help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by William Davies (2016)

Bereavement and Loss

  • An Introduction to Coping with Grief (2nd ed.) by Sue Morris (2017)
  • Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death and Surviving by Julia Samuel (2018)
  • The Essential Guide to Life After Bereavement: Beyond Tomorrow by Judy Carole Kauffmann and Mary Jordan (2013)

Low Self-Esteem

  • Overcoming Low Self-Esteem: A Self-Help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by Melanie Fennell (2016)

Social Anxiety and Shyness

  • Overcoming Social Anxiety and Shyness: A Self-Help Guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by Gillian Butler (2016)

Sleep Problems

  • The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night by Guy Meadows (2014)


  • Stress Control: A Mind, Body, Life Approach to Boosting Your Well-being by Jim White (2017)

Self-Help Books to Support Mental Health


  • Living Life to the Full: Key Skills to Change Your Life by Chris Williams (2018)
  • The CBT Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Using CBT to Overcome Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Low Self-Esteem and Anger by Pamela Myles and Roz Shafran (2015)
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think (2nd ed.) by Dennis Greenberger and Christine A. Padesky (2015)


  • An Introduction to Coping with Depression (2nd ed.) by Lee Brosan and Brenda Hogan (2018)
  • Manage Your Mood: How to Use Behavioural Activation Techniques to Overcome Depression by David Veale and Rob Willson (2007)
  • Overcoming Depression: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (3rd ed.) by Paul Gilbert (2009)

Anxiety and Panic

  • An Introduction to Coping with Anxiety (2nd ed.) by Brenda Hogan and Lee Brosan (2018)
  • Overcoming Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by Helen Kennerley (2014)
  • Overcoming Health Anxiety: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques by Rob Willson and David Veale (2009)
  • Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by Kevin Meares and Mark Freeston (2015)
  • Overcoming Panic: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by Vijaya Manicavasagar and Derrick Silove (2017)
  • The Sheldon Short Guide to Phobias and Panic by Kevin Gournay (2015)

Obsessions and Compulsions

  • Break Free from OCD: Overcoming Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with CBT by Fiona Challacombe, Victoria Bream Oldfield and Paul M. Salkovskis (2011)

Other common conditions

Binge Eating and Bulimia Nervosa

  • Getting Better Bite by Bite: A Survival Kit for Sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorders (2nd ed.) by Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander (2015)
  • Overcoming Binge Eating: The Proven Program to Learn Why You Binge and How You Can Stop (2nd ed.) by Christopher G. Fairburn (2013)

Body Image and Body Dysmorphic Disorder

  • Body Image Problems and Body Dysmorphic Disorder: The Definitive Treatment and Recovery Approach by Chloe Catchpole, Lauren Callaghan and Annemarie O'Connor (2017)

Mood Swings

  • Overcoming Mood Swings: A Self-Help Guide Using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques (2nd ed.) by Jan Scott (2010)

Depression and Relationships

  • Defeating Depression: How to Use the People in Your Life to Open the Door to Recovery by Roslyn Law (2013)

Postnatal Depression

  • The Compassionate Mind Approach to Postnatal Depression: Using Compassion Focused Therapy to Enhance Mood, Confidence and Bonding by Michelle Cree (2015)

Personal stories


  • A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled by Ruby Wax (2016)
  • Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig (2015)

Bereavement and Loss

  • A Manual for Heartache by Cathy Rentzenbrink (2017)


  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (2009)
  • The Recovery Letters edited by James Withey and Olivia Sagan (2017)

Social Anxiety

  • We're All Mad Here: The No-Nonsense Guide to Living with Social Anxiety by Claire Eastham (2016)

Support for Carers

  • Living with a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone and Ainsley Johnstone (2007)
  • The Boy with a Topknot: A Memoir of Love, Secrets and Lies in Wolverhampton by Sathnam Sanghera (2009)

Reading Well Books on Prescription for Young People


  • Blame My Brain by Nicola Morgan (2013)
  • The Self-Esteem Team's Guide to Sex, Drugs and WTFs?!! by Grace Barrett, Natasha Devon and Nadia Mendoza (2015)
  • I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (2015)
  • Mind Your Head by Juno Dawson (2015)
  • Every Day by David Levithan (2013)
  • Kite Spirit by Sita Brahmachari (2013)
  • Stuff That Sucks: Accepting What You Can't Change and Committing to What You Can by Ben Sedley (2015)
  • House of Windows by Alexia Casale (2015)
  • Quiet the Mind by Matthew Johnstone (2012)


  • Putting on the Brakes: Understanding and Taking Control of Your ADD or ADHD by Patricia Quinn and Judith Stern (2012)

Anxiety, worry and panic

  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael Tompkins and Katherine Martinez (2009)
  • The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens by Jennifer Shannon (2015)
  • The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook for Teens by Jennifer Shannon (2012)
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (2012)

Autism and Asperger Syndrome

  • Freaks, Geeks and Asperger Syndrome by Luke Jackson (2002)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (2012)
  • The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida (2014)

Body image and eating disorders

  • Can I Tell You About Eating Disorders? by Bryan Lask and Lucy Watson (2014)
  • Banish Your Body Image Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly (2014)
  • Tyranny by Leslie Fairfield (2011)


  • Bullies, Cyberbullies and Frenemies by Michele Elliot (2013)
  • Vicious: True Stories by Teens About Bullying by Hope Vanderberg (2012)

Confidence and self-esteem

  • Banish Your Self-Esteem Thief by Kate Collins-Donnelly (2014)
  • Self-Esteem and Being You by Anita Naik (2013)
  • Face by Benjamin Zephaniah (1999)


  • Am I Depressed and What Can I Do About It? by Shirley Reynolds and Monika Parkinson (2015)
  • Can I Tell You About Depression? by Christopher Dowrick and Susan Martin (2015)
  • I Had a Black Dog by Matthew Johnstone (2007)

Mood swings

  • Don't Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens by Sheri Van Dijk (2011)


  • The Truth About Self-Harm by Celia Richardson (2012)


  • Breaking Free from OCD by Jo Derisley, Isobel Heyman, Sarah Robinson and Cynthia Turner (2008)
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (2015)
  • Touch and Go Joe by Joe Wells (2006)


  • Fighting Invisible Tigers by Earl Hipp (2008)
  • The Teenage Guide to Stress by Nicola Morgan (2014)

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