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You don’t have to ROAR to be heard…

Meet Leonard – a lion like no other.

Leonard’s best friend is Marianne, a duck. But lions chomp ducks, don’t they?

What will the pair do when their way of life is threatened?

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Max the Brave comes a powerful story celebrating daydreamers, individuality and the quiet courage to be yourself.

Best Children’s Books about Emotional Literacy 

From mental health first aid to specialist work with Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSA) there’s no doubt that stories can be a key tool in helping children to develop emotional literacy.

Chosen especially for their value in dealing with mental health issues, feelings and emotions, the books on this list can be used with pupils to start conversations that enable children to begin to make sense of their own feelings and understand ways to manage and deal with their emotions.

From books about managing anger like When I See Red to stories about sadness and anxiety like A Shelter for Sadness and The Worry Jar, many of the books on this list explore different ways of recognising and responding to big feelings. We’ve also included stories about identifying different emotions, like The Colour Monster, and books about the importance of friendship and connection like The Hugasaurus.

With thanks to specially trained ELSA Sue Mills at Garway Primary School for helping us to compile this list and for commenting on using these books with her school community. Schools looking to buy full packs of the books featured on this ELSA booklist can purchase whole sets via Peters

Best Children’s Books about Black History

We’ve put together a list of the best children’s books about black history both in the UK and around the globe. We’ve also included some key titles that support conversations about systematic racism in a child-friendly way.

Trace key historical events in Timelines from Black History, explore more about Britain’s Black history in Black and British or join young Paloma as she discovers her family’s history in Our Story Starts in Africa. These books can be used for Black History Month, when many schools and families dedicate time to research Britain’s black history and to find out more about particular black people who have made a difference. We believe these books are just as important all year round, too. 

If you are looking for more about Black British history, we have a separate Black British history booklist with even more suggestions.

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