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Understanding anxiety and worries: our top picks for Children’s Mental Health Week 2024

9th February 2024

Growing up comes with a whole range of feelings. Struggles with anxiety, confidence and mental wellbeing are so prevalent in our younger generations. But blind and visually impaired children can often have these feelings amplified because of their condition.

Over 85% of children feel excluded from activities with their sighted peers and almost half have experienced bullying due to their visual impairment. As they grow into adulthood, research tells us blind and visually impaired people are three times more likely to experience depression.

Children’s picture books are an incredible resource for helping youngsters understand their feelings and encourage them to talk about their emotions. Our work means that blind and visually impaired kids don’t need to miss out on this.

For Children’s Mental Health Week, we’ve picked out a few of our favourite tactile-audio picture books in our collection that parents, guardians and teachers can explore through touch and sound with the blind and visually impaired children in their care.

Remember, our postal library of Touch to See books for blind and visually impaired children is totally free – so if you’re not already a member, join today!

A tactile image of a boy and a blue bird from My Beautiful Voice. Adapted tactile picture book for blind children.

My Beautiful Voice

Joseph Coelho and Allison Colpoys

A moving, lyrical picture book about a child unlocking the power of their own voice through poetry, as a young girl overcomes her anxiety and finds confidence with the support of an enchanting and magical teacher.

Audio guide comes from BAFTA award winning actress Sophie Okonedo.

Borrow My Beautiful Voice

A feely picture of a girl and a boy on a bench surrounded by their worries from the childrens picture book Ruby's Worry. Adapted into a tactile version for blind and visually impaired children.

Ruby’s Worry

Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it’s not such a big worry, and that’s all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad.

From the bestselling Big Bright Feelings series, this is the perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

Borrow Ruby’s Worry

A boy reading a tactile version of My Monster and Me, adapted into an accessible picture book for blind and visually impaired children.

My Monster and Me

Nadia Hussain and Ella Bailey

Having suffered with panic disorder herself for as long as she can remember, Nadiya wrote this heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety, to ensure that no child suffers in silence.

Our audio guide is read by Nadiya herself, and includes a message to grown-ups where she discusses her personal experience with panic disorder.

Borrow My Monster and Me

A young girl reads a tactile version of Yoga Babies by Fearne Cotton. Adapted an a tactile picture book for blind and visually impaired children.

Yoga Babies

Fearne Cotton and Sheena Dempsey

For the Yoga Babies, family life is hectic – and can sometimes feel overwhelming. But by taking some time to breathe and relax, they can manage their feelings. This wonderfully positive book can help little ones learn that taking some time out can help them with fizzy emotions.

Read by the author, Fearne Cotton.

Borrow Yoga Babies

A tactile illustration from Where the Wild Things Are. From an accessible picture book for blind and visually impaired children.

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendac

This classic storybook is the perfect vehicle to explore the idea of giving in to your “wild side”. Feeling misunderstood and angry at home and school, Max sets sail in his imagination to the island of the Wild Things. The fantastical beasts make him their king and he promises to make them happy – but he soon realises how much he loves his home.

Borrow Where the Wild Things Are

Exploring Emotions

A mobile phone sitting on a wooden table top and wrapped in earphones displays the Living Paintings website.

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