Top books for inspiring bravery
February 3, 2020

Children’s Mental Health Week 3-9 February 2020

Set up by children’s charity Place2Be, Children’s Mental Health Week shines a spotlight on the importance of children and young people’s mental health. As this year’s theme is Find your Brave, we’ve compiled a list of top Touch to See books to inspire bravery in children of all ages. You can borrow these titles from our library by clicking on the titles below or by giving our friendly library team a call on 01635 299771.

Magician and Buffy the dog tactile picture

Buffy: An Adventure Story by Bob Graham – Buffy is a performing dog with huge talents. He can play the harmonica, tap-dance and do magic tricks. When he outshines his master, the magician, Buffy‘s in the doghouse. He has to discover his own place in the world, and soon meets someone who appreciates his talents.

Front cover of Journey by Aaron Becker

Journey by Aaron Becker – a wordless book that follows one ordinary – but very brave – little girl who finds a crayon and creates her own magical worlds. Where will she go? What will she find? Will she make it home? With immersive soundscapes, tactile images and descriptive audio read by Dr Who actor, Pearl Mackie.

Don't Worry William front cover

Don’t Worry William by Christine Morton and Nigel McMullen – It was a sleepy dark night. A creepy dark night. A night for naughty bears to creep downstairs. Horace and William need biscuits to make them brave. But can they get to the kitchen? Can they make it past the tick-tock, past the bob-bob, past – “the thing”. A lovely bedtime book for little ones.

A tactile image from Amazing Grace of Grace dancing

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman – Grace loves to act out stories. When her school decides to do ‘Peter Pan’, Grace longs to play Peter, but classmates say that Peter was a boy, and besides, he wasn’t black. But her mum says she can do anything if she puts her mind to it. An uplifting story about being the bravery sometimes needed to believe in yourself.

Tactile picture from Giraffes Can't Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees – Gerald was not a good dancer. Every year he dreaded the great Jungle Dance. But what Gerald discovers one beautiful moonlit night is that when we’re different sometimes all we need is a different song to dance to… Explores the idea of bravery in being different.

The Smeds and the Smoos cover artwork

The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler – Two young aliens from different clans meet and fall in love, much to the disapproval of their families. Will there be heart ache or will love conquer all? Will the couple be brave and go against tradition in the name of love?

Front cover of 'The Snail and the Whale' next to a tactile picture of the whale, snail and rock.

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler –  Together a teeny, tiny snail and a huge humpback whale set off on a fantastic journey around the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale finds itself in danger, it is the tiny snail who saves the day. A wonderful story that shows that even the very small can make a huge difference, if they’re brave.

If you borrow any of these titles, please share a comment and photo on social media tagging in @LivingPaintings and #ChildrensMentalHealthWeek.

For Touch to See books for children on any other topic or aspect of mental health, please contact our library team who can suggest other titles available.


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