ELSA recommended booklist - Elsa Support

ELSA recommended booklist

These books have been recommended by ELSA’s all over the country. I personally have used many of them. If you need a set of books to start you off then definitely look at this list. If you personally have used any others which you think need adding then please comment below and I will add them.

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One little word

Book about that important word ‘SORRY’

The Boy, the mole, the fox and the Horse

Beautiful book – a good all rounder for many areas of ELSA. Contains lots of lovely quotes about life.


The huge bag of worries 

This book is fabulous for addressing worries or anxieties with a child.

Little Mouse’s big book of fears

This book is brilliant for exploring fears and opening up discussion with a child.

You’ve got Dragons

Book about worries for older children or appealing to boys and girls who love dragons.

Silly Billy

Great if you want to make a worry doll too

The Invisible String

Great for separation anxiety

The Invisible String Workbook

This is a workbook to accompany the Invisible string book

The Red Tree

A reassuring and hopeful picture book to remind children that bad thoughts and feelings won’t last forever. The Red Tree, is a book about feelings – feelings that can not always be simply expressed in words.

Owl Babies

This book is about separation anxiety and is a great way in to talking about being separated from parents or carers.

The Kissing Hand

A lovely coping strategy for separation anxiety.

Drama Llama

A story about soothing anxiety.

Bereavement and Loss

The Hare-Shaped Hole

This book was gifted to me by the publisher and I loved it so much I wrote a blog about it. – please see our blogpost on this book

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine

This is an activity book for bereavement and is highly recommended.

Badger’s Parting gift

A beautiful book about Badger who is dying.

The Day the Sea went out and never came back

This is a story for children who have lost someone they love.

The Heavy Bag

please see our blogpost and resources for this book

The Memory Box

A book about memories

Self esteem

Only One you 

Superb little book and fantastic for self-esteem

The Dot

Great for self-esteem and growth mindset

You be You

Self-esteem and diversity

A place for Pluto

– about fitting in

Have you filled a bucket today?

A book filled with happiness

Growing up with a bucket full of happiness

Self-esteem, happiness


My many coloured days

This is a classic book about feelings and colours

A boy and a bear

A book about relaxation and coping strategies.

Angry Octopus

Help children to cope with big feelings.

Words and your heart

All about the power of words.

The Colour Monster

An exploration of colour and emotion

The Red Beast

Exploration of anger and could be helpful for autistic children.

Fergal is Fuming!

Story about a dragon with a short temper.


Bullies, Bigmouths and so called friends

An old one but a good one about bullying. I first bought this 12 years ago but it has been updated since.

Life Choices, goals and targets

Oh the places you will go

Celebrate life’s ups and downs

Personal space

Personal Space Camp

Help teach children the concept of personal space

Other Resources you will love!
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just breathe exercises for regulation
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Just Breathe exercises for regulation – Item 476

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Angry Arnolds Anger intervention
Angry Arnolds Anger intervention
Angry Arnolds Anger intervention

Angry Arnold’s Anger intervention – Item 464

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Christmas Advent Mindfulness Calendar – Item 404

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  • Hannah Heyes says:

    Thank you so much Debbie! As always, your site saves me hours of time finding really great resources x

  • Denise Sturdy says:

    Upside Down, Downside Up by Ilze Lee

    A story and workbook for Children Dealing with Grief.
    Fantastic resource which is available on Amazon

  • Ruth Jones says:


    I use a set of books by Elaine Slade (she’s a local author) featuring her 2 dogs. They cover issues such as grief, not fitting in, being unique and special. The titles are as follows:
    “Oh No, Charley Farley”
    “Don’t Be Scared Charley Farley”
    “You Can’t Play Charley Farley”
    “It’s Okay To Be Sad, Charley Farley”
    “What’s Your Christmas Gift, Charley Farley?”

    Also “Waterbugs and Dragonflies” when explaining death.

    Max Lucardo – “You Are Special”, “You Are Mine” and “The Oak Inside the Acorn” – all are faith-based but they focus on the child being special because of who they are, not what they have etc.

  • Julia Naylor says:

    The Drama Llama by Rachel Morrisroe, I love this new picture book all about worries and regularly recommend it to teachers.

  • Sally Mills says:

    I love this list! So helpful to have tried and tested books to use.

    May I also suggest, “The Memory Book”,
    A Book About Grief by Joanna Rowland.

    A very simple, beautifully illustrated book about the death of a special person. It never says who has died, so perfect for ELSA work around grief. The book also encapsulates the idea of creating a memory box.

  • Margo Rodriguez says:

    Great list Debbie, thank you. I’ll be purchasing a few on there.

  • Nicola Robe says:

    Worries are like clouds by Shona Innes and Irisz Agocs. Good for exploring worries, how they can make you feel and ideas for dealing with them.

  • Gilly leetham says:

    Fantastic list ! Thanks Debbie x

  • Julie Hough says:

    Michael Rosen The Sad Book

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