Each member of our free Book Club has the opportunity to receive a book during the academic year.
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.
Since the Charlie Waller Book Club started in 2016 we have sent out more than 10,000 mental health books free of charge to those working with young people. As a charity we have to raise funds for the cost of each one of these books and the total spent on books to date is over £75,600.
The Book Club has become incredibly popular and we now have over 4,200 people signed up. To ensure we can continue to fund the club, we will be reviewing it and might change how it works in the future.
Opt-in for our books is now closed!
Book Club members received an email in June and books are currently being dispatched. We had more than 500 applications and are dispatching over 1000 books.
This term titles included:
Books for primary school pupils
- The Amazing A-Z of Resilience by David Gumbrell
- Not Today, Celeste!by Liza Stevens
- The Princess and the Fog by Lloyd Jones
Books for secondary school pupils
- The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workout for Teens by Paula Nagel
- Essential Listening for Busy School Staff by Nick Luxmoore
- The CBT Art Activity Book by Jennifer Guest
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?
During the academic year 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 aims to run 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 Amazing A-Z of Resilience, David Gumbrell
The CBT Art Activity Book, Jennifer Guest
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Workout for Teens, Paula Nagel
The Princess and the Fog, Lloyd Jones
Something Bad Happened: A Kid's Guide to Coping with Events in the News, Dawn Huebner
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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