shelf help

Self help books for children and young people

Feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books.

Self help books can help you cope with the pressures of life, feel better about yourself and boost your confidence using books.

A national survey found that 81% of people using self help books reported that the books made them feel more confident in managing their symptoms.

Books for young people

Shelf Help and Sorted! books aimed at young people can help with concerns such as anxiety and stress or more specific concerns or difficult experiences such as eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression. The books are also likely to be useful for parents, carers and anyone working with young people.

Books for children

MiniSorted! books help children to understand and talk about  a range of common issues (such as feeling sad or worried, bullying, self esteem). Intended for parents, carers and anyone working with young children to share.

How to borrow the books

Some of the books are available as eBooks.

You can also borrow the books from all our libraries in Warwickshire. You will need a Warwickshire library card to borrow the books – join the library.

You can also reserve a book via the library catalogue (search and request button) for collection at any library in Warwickshire.

Books can be borrowed for three weeks, and the loan easily extended online, by phone and in the library – renew your library books.

Library loans and borrower details are treated as strictly confidential.

Information for practitioners

The service can be recommended by any practitioner  working with children and young people. A verbal recommendation is acceptable however you may want to use one of the recommendation forms.

You may recommend a specific book, a category of books e.g. anxiety, or for the entire collection, so that the person can find the book(s) that best suit them.

Reading Well – Prescriber leaflet – Reading Well for young people –  select from the full list of titles and print.

Reading Well – about the collections

The collections are provided by Warwickshire County Council Library and Information Service and Public Health.

​​Shelf Help is a national Books on Prescription collection created by the reading charity The Reading Agency. Sorted! was developed locally in Warwickshire using NICE guidelines with selection undertaken by health professionals and young people at Warwickshire College.

We have combined both collections for ease of use.  Information about the national collection and The Reading Well programme can be found at Reading Well.

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