Posted by Devenia Besant on 05 Feb 2021

The theme this year for Children’s Mental Health week is ‘Express Yourself’ and with this in mind Michelle from My Book Bug has given us a super break down of Usborne Books available full of amazing tools, resources, drawing and colouring – the aim of the books is to encourage mindfulness and creativity.

Her list is as follows:

Unworry and Unhurry magic painting and doodle book, designed to help children slow down and relax with great mindfulness tools.

Looking After Your Mental Health (age 11+) talks about emotions and how we can influence them, as well as topics ranging from social media to divorce. Looking After Your Health (age 8+) has lots of practical advice on how to stay healthy, and links to useful websites to find out more.

Growing up (age 10+, girls and boys versions also available) An approachable and reassuring account of exactly what happens at puberty.  What’s Happening to me girls or boys (age 9+) a great first book to start to talk about body changes, goes well with the year 5 curriculum.

All about Feelings (Age 3+) and What Are Feelings Lift the Flap (Age 4+) explore all of our feelings in a friendly way for little children.

Never get Bored books (age 6+) Packed with all sorts of activities to keep children busy and creative, a big help to mental health.

Usborne fiction -Reading stories about people who face difficulties, which may be similar to the ones we have, can really help to reassure and empower children, and encourage them to talk about their worries.

Here are four great examples from the range:

Getting outside and enjoying nature, really helps our mental health. These books encourage children to explore their surroundings in a fun way. Maybe they would like to try growing their own flowers and vegetables too, to boost self-esteem and a sense of purpose.

Usborne also have a whole range of jigsaws which all come with matching books. Making jigsaws can be a lovely calming activity and involve all the family. A really nice break from home-schooling, while some stealth learning and reading can be included.

All books (and jigsaws) can be found and purchased here or for help feel free to get in touch with Michelle by emailing –

I’ve personally purchased a number of books on the list including Looking After Your Mental Health and What’s Happening to Me and have found them to be a great help in my household, next on the list for us is the Never Get Bored range as let’s face it with 3 kids in the house “I’m bored” is something I hear more times than I would like!!! 🙂

I hope you’ve found the list useful (thank you Michelle).

Dee xx

Devenia Besant
Devenia (Dee) Besant is the founder of Epsom and Ewell Families. Runs a busy household as a mummy of 3 and a wife and some would say crazily committed to helping small businesses and the local community.

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