Charlie Waller Book Club

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Each member of our free Book Club has the opportunity to receive a book once a term.

Chosen titles aim to enhance the skills, confidence and knowledge of those who work with children and young people, by providing them with resources they can use to promote positive mental health.

Opt-in for our latest book has now CLOSED.

Opt-in for our latest book has now closed as we have reached the maximum number of applicants. We are sorry if you were not successful in applying for a free copy this time round but please keep an eye out for information about how you can buy the book at a subsidised rate. If you have not already signed up to our mailing list then please do so below to receive further notifications about future titles.

Our latest book club title is:

Something Bad Happened

A Kid's Guide to Coping with Events in the News

By Dawn Huebner

Aimed at ages 6-12, this book helps children think about serious world events, make sense of why they may have happened and their impact, and ask questions of the adults around them.

Dawn’s easy to follow style makes it suitable for children to read themselves. Each chapter covers different things children need to make sense of negative events and there are  practical activities they can do along the way. Learning from events, even if the child has no direct experience of them, will help them apply the learning to themselves in the future. The useful and informative illustrations make it more accessible to children who may find it harder to read.

Who is the Book Club for?

The Book Club is for staff working with children and young people or parents who are keen to discover new resources or build on their knowledge and skills about emotional wellbeing and mental health. The free books are only available for those working in not-for-profit organisations or for parents and carers for personal use.

What can I expect?

Once a term you will have the chance to receive a book with the aim of boosting your understanding, skills, confidence or ideas when working to promote or support the mental health of children and young people.

How frequently can I receive a book?

The Book Club runs once a term, and titles focus on the mental wellbeing or either primary or secondary aged children.

By joining the mailing list you will be notified each time a book is being offered, and members must opt in to receive the book. Copies are allocated on a first come, first served basis, and only to eligible members.

What do you expect from me?

Before we dispatch each book club title, we’ll ask you to opt in to receive the new title. This will ensure we spend the charity’s funds most usefully and are not sending titles that are of less interest or to people no longer in post.

For each book you opt in for, we’ll ask you to tell us how you think you might use it and later to complete a short online survey to help us assess the impact that the book has had on your skills, understanding and confidence. Please take the few minutes needed to share this feedback as it will be fundamental to securing ongoing funding for the book club and also in helping us to share the most impactful books and resources.

Can I get free copies of the previous book club titles?

Unfortunately once the opt-in has closed there won't be further opportunities to request a free copy of that title.

Sometimes we are able to sell Book Club titles at a subsidised rate after the allocation of free books have been sent. If applicable, details will be sent to people on the Book Club mailing list, and the book will available in the Charlie Waller Trust shop.

What kind of books do you send out?

We select books that help school staff support the mental wellbeing of the children and young people they work with.

Previous titles include:

A Simple Guide to Child Trauma, Betsy De Thierry

All Birds Have Anxiety, Kathy Hoopman

Can I Tell You About Asberger Syndrome?, Jude Welton

Essential Listening Skills For Busy School Staff, Nick Luxmoore

Mud Boy, Sarah Siggs

My Anxiety Handbook, Bridie Gallagher and Phoebe McEwen Sue Knowles

Not Today, Celeste!, Liza Stevens

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin, Kate Collins-Donnelly

Starving the Anxiety Gremlin 5-11, Kate Collins-Donnelly

Teen Substance Use, Mental Health and Body Image, Ian Macdonald

The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workout for Teens, Paula Nagel

The Princess and the Fog, Lloyd Jones

I do not live in the UK - can I still be part of the book club?

We are happy to send books overseas, but we would ask for a donation towards the postage costs for any international deliveries. Please contact us for more information.

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