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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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.


What to do when you worry too much

No worries – activity book

The huge bag of worries this book is fabulous for addressing worries or anxieties with a child.

Little Mouse’s big book of fears – brilliant for exploring fears and opening up discussion with a child. Also a delightful book.

You’ve got Dragons – worries for older children or appealing to boys and girls who love dragons

Silly Billy – Great of you want to make a worry doll too

The Invisible String – Great for separation anxiety

The Red Tree

Owl Babies – Separation anxiety


The Kissing Hand – Separation Anxiety

Bereavement and Loss

Muddles, Puddles and Sunshine this book is perfect for bereavement.

A Volcano in my tummy

Badger’s Parting gift

The Gift – A good one for bereavement, Thought provoking, circle of life, visualising etc.

The Scar

Cry, Heart but never Break

The Day the Sea went out and never came back

Self esteem

Only One you – Superb little book and fantastic for self-esteem

The Dot – 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? – Self-esteem, happiness, behaviour management

Growing up with a bucket full of happiness – Self-esteem, happiness

This is me – In this story we meet a girl. She used to be happy. But as she grew things did not feel quite right. She felt more like a boy than a girl.


How are you peeling?

Hello Happy – Activity book

My many coloured days

A boy and a bear – mindfulness, relaxation

I’m not afraid of spiders

Angry Octopus

That’s when I’m Happy

Words and your heart

The Red Beast

Rory Red

Fergal is Fuming!


Bullies, Bigmouths and so called friends


Life Choices, goals and targets

Oh the places you will go


Personal space

Personal Space Camp

Personal Space camp activity book


All cats have Asperger

Hal and the End Street

Other Resources you will love!

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