Children's A - Z of Book Recommendations

Children's books are a wonderful way to address issues that might be difficult to talk about or convey. 

Here is an A - Z of book recommendations, literary prescriptions and recommended reading lists for children depending on what they might be going through. There's also an A - Z list of book prescriptions for adults.

You might also find these Reading Tools for Children helpful.

If there are any other books that should be included here or subjects that should be covered, feel free to message us at

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Anxiety (Helping your child manage anxiety)

Anxiety (Helping your teenager manage anxiety) 



Being Brave

Bullying (Pre-teens)

Bullying (Teenagers)



Celebrating Diwali (The Festival of Lights)

Child Development

Children's Book Recommendations Ages 9 - 13 years old


Creative Writing For Young Writers




Domestic Violence & Abuse (For Kids)



Emotions (Learning and understanding emotions for toddlers)

Empowering your toddler




Grief (Helping children navigate grief, loss and sadness)

Grief (Navigating, for teenagers)

Guilding children on navigating racism and difference




Historical Fiction (Middle Ages & Renaissance)

Historical Fiction (Colonial Times)



Inspiration for girls

Introducing your child to poetry



Jealousy (Helping your child manage feelings of jealousy)



Loss of a Sibling (Explaining A Miscarriage or Pregnancy Loss to A Child)



Regulating Emotions (Ages 5 to 11)



Pandemic Reading (Helping Your Child Navigate A Pandemic)



Recommended Books for 2 year olds

Recommended Books for 8 - 9 year olds

Recommended Books for 13 year olds





Toilet Training (Picture Books)


These Reading Tools for Children might be helpful too.


Looking for something more specific? Get something more tailored with our personalised book prescriptions within 48 hours. You might also find it helpful to explore these feelings in a bibliotherapy session or learn some bibliotherapy techniques to help you process these feelings by completing our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course, Children's Bibliotherapy Skills Courseor our book Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Reading.


Disclaimer: While we believe that our recommendations can provide valuable support, it's important to note that they are not meant to substitute for necessary and continuous professional support.


A big hello and thank you for reading! Passionate about literature, psychology, and life I launched Book Therapy as an alternative form of therapy using the power of literature. I train mental health professionals, librarians, teachers as well as readers on using bibliotherapy in their own work through our online Bibliotherapy, Literature and Mental Health course. We also curate reading lists/personalised book prescriptions for clients based on their individual needs. This is our signature personalised reading service.

You can also check out Book Therapy’s other free reading lists and A- Z of book prescriptions (covering both fiction and non-fiction). These suggest books based on your existing life situation (e.g. anxiety, job change, relationship heartache) as well as interests (e.g memoir, historical fiction, non-fiction, crime etc). There’s also a Children’s A — Z of Book Prescriptions. Feel free to check out the blog for more literary gems. There’s also a post on my personal story of how I entered the world of bibliotherapy and book curation.

In this role, I have had the opportunity to publish two books called Bibliotherapy: The Healing Power of Reading and The Happiness Mindset, and write various literary essays and pieces for newspapers and magazines. I have undertaken bibliotherapy workshops for The United Nations, various libraries in New York and corporate organisations in the UK and US. My book recommendations have featured in the Guardian, Marie Claire, NBC News, Asian Voice, New York Observer, Sydney Telegraph and various other publications. If you are a parent you might enjoy a podcast I’ve recorded with speech and language therapist Sunita Shah on Raising A Reader & Storyteller. And if you’d like to connect, email me at or

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