Creating emotionally honest spaces through reading
As a former primary school teacher and mental health champion, Clare knows firsthand the impact books can have on well-being. Indeed, some of Clare’s own books have arisen from difficult personal situations where the perfect story didn’t yet exist. Clare is an advocate of sharing picture books to help families through hard times, using them to open conversations about the topics that challenge us. Creating emotionally honest spaces, where children feel able to express their feelings and are supported to navigate them, is essential in today’s world.
This site is a place for grownups to find picture books that offer support through life’s ups and downs, covering subjects that include family separations, illness, grief, anxiety, well-being, moving house and more. This is also an opportunity to celebrate a carefully curated list of outstanding picture books and the teams behind them.
Whilst these books have been written with children in mind, #BooksThatHelp firmly believes that picture books are for EVERYONE, written for an audience that includes children, but excludes no-one. Older children – and indeed grown-ups – are very much invited encouraged to read them too!
PRAISE FOR ‘BOOKS THAT HELP’
“What a wonderful initiative. Clare Helen Welsh writes the most beautiful books herself, so any collection she curates is sure to be very valuable.” (Bob Stone, Write Blend Bookshop, author)
“Books can be so helpful for you and your child at difficult times. It’s great to have one central place to find them.” (Jo Thomas, author)
“We are honoured to be championing this initiative after having worked with Clare over the years on her own range of picture books that help families through tough times. As booksellers, we are advocates for books that can provide support during those moments when the right words can be difficult to find. The ‘Books That Help’ site will be a place that families, teachers and healthcare professionals can find the books that can help, all in one place.” (Sam Carr, Snug Bookshop)
ON THIS SITE YOU WILL FIND:
RESOURCES FOR WRITERS – coming soon
RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS – coming soon