Fiction Books

An effective method used to explore and develop Emotional Literacy is through story. There are hundreds of books and audio books that explore topics related to emotional wellbeing and ACEs that can be used for discussion and wider learning to promote greater Emotional Literacy in children and young people.

The books are not organised by age, but by theme. The list is not exhaustive and we will be adding to it regularly.

**Please read books before using them with children to check their suitability of age and theme.**


‘When I’m Feeling’, books by Trace Moroney

‘Today I feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day’, by Jamie Lee Curtis

‘When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry’, by Molly Bang

‘All Kinds of Feelings’, by Sheri Safran

‘Feelings’, by Aliki

‘My Many Coloured Days’, by Dr Seuss

‘In My Heart: A Book of Feelings’, by Jo Witek

‘The Feelings Book’, by Todd Parr

‘The Color Monster’ by Anna Llenas

‘There Are No Animals In This Book (Only Feelings)’, by Chani Sanchez

‘Theo’s Mood’, by MaryAnn Cocca-Leffler


‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’, by Dr. Seuss

‘A Chair for My Mother’, by Vera B. Williams

‘Sheila Rae, the Brave’, by Kevin Henkes

‘The Name Jar’, by Yangsook Choi

‘The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing’, by Dennis Foon

‘The Name of the Tree: A Bantu Tale Retold’, by Celia Barker Lottridge

‘The Empty Pot’, by Demi

‘Princesses Are Not Perfect’, by Kate Lum

‘Itsy Bitsy Spider’, by Rosemary Wells

‘The Tiny Seed’, by Eric Carle

‘Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type’, by Doreen Cronin

‘Whistle for Willie’, by Ezra Jack Keats

‘The Paper Bag Princess’, by Robert Munsch

‘Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend’, by Dan Santat

‘Visitor for Bear,’ by Bonny Becker

‘Rosie Revere, Engineer’, by Andrea Beaty

Care Experience

‘Home Boys’, by Alex Wheatle

‘Little Bits of Sky’, by S.E. Durrant

‘Heaven Eyes’, by David Almond

‘Long Way Home’, by Michael Morpurgo

‘The Story of Tracy Beaker’, by Jacqueline Wilson

Anti- Bullying

‘The Rainbow Fish’, by Marcus Pfister

‘Run Zan Run’, by Catherine MacPhail

‘Chrysanthemum’, by Kevin Henkes

‘The Recess Queen’, by Alexis O’neill

‘The Juice Box Bully’, by Bob Soronson and Maria Dismondy

‘Enemy Pie’, by Derek Munson

‘The Hundred Dresses’, by Eleanor Estes

‘The Invisible Boy’, by Trudy Ludwig

‘Bully’, by Patricia Polacco

‘The Bully Book’, by Eric Kahn Gale

‘Thirteen Reasons Why’. by Jay Asher

‘Dear Bully’, by Dawn Metcalf

‘Tease’, by Amanda Maciel

‘Side Effects May Vary,’ by Julie Murphy

‘Real Friends’, by Shannon Hale

‘You, Me and Empathy’, by Jayneen Sanders

‘Anger Tree’, by John Cary


‘Wonder’, by RJ Palaccio

‘Celine’s New Splints’, by Celine and Scope

‘Haylee’s Friends’Emma Birch

‘Jacob’s Traffic Jam’, by Lindsay Brewis

‘My Brother is an Astronaut’, by Michelle Rundle

‘Issac and his Amazing Asperger Superpowers!’, by Melanie Walsh


‘Goodnight Mr Tom’, by Michelle Magorian

‘Goodbye Mog’, by Judith Kerr

‘No Matter What’, by Debi Gliori

‘The Velveteen Rabbit’, by Margery Williams

‘Charlotte’s Web’, by EB White

‘Duck, Death and the Tulip’, by Wolf Erlbruch

‘A Monster Calls’, by Patrick Ness

‘Michael Rosen’s Sad Book’, by Michael Rosen

‘The Secret Garden’, by Frances Hodgson Burnett