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Children’s Mental Health Week: Our Favourite Books About Understanding Emotions

February 4-11 2019 is Children’s Mental Health Week so we thought we’d take the opportunity to share our favourite books which focus on understanding and managing emotions.

We recommend:

The Colour MonsterThe Colour Monster by Anna Llenas

A clever book which equates emotions to colours and explains how you shouldn’t bottle them up.
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Feelings by Libby Walden & Richard Jones

The gentle rhyme explores all of the emotions which your child may be experiencing and helps you to name them and understand how they feel inside.
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Ivy’s Guest Book: Chrissy Crozier, Owner, Pipsqueak

PipsqueakTell us a little bit about yourself and your family

Hello! I’m Chrissy. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia, I now happily call London home with my husband and three year old son (we’re hoping to adopt a cat soon too!). I’m a former youth worker turned textile designer. I recently launched Pipsqueak, my little business hand printing kids bed linen that also aims to support charities working to help children. I launched in June (2018) so it’s still very much a work in progress!

What is your son’s favourite book?

We’re currently loving all things dinosaur related but my son’s enduring favourite is The Barefoot Book of Children (by Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma & David Dean). It’s a fantastic celebration of children around the world. He loves the vibrant illustrations and talking about all the different activities children do.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Ellie Thouret, Writer & Family Travel Blogger, Five Go Exploring

Five Go ExploringHi Ellie! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family

I’m Ellie and I live in South Manchester with my husband and three children: Lucas (6), Aurora (3) and Jake (3). I am a writer and family travel blogger. My dad is a librarian and my mum was an English teacher, so a love of reading is in my genes! I have been a bookworm for as long as I can remember. My dad says I taught myself to read before I even got to school – I just couldn’t wait!

As a child I made my large book collection into a library for my friends, complete with membership cards, a date stamp, and record book. Naturally, one of the things I was most excited about when I had children was sharing books and reading with them.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Nell Nash, Founder, Tatty Rose

Tatty RoseHi Nell! Tell us a little bit about yourself and your family

I’m Nell. I’m originally from Birmingham but Edinburgh became my home 9 years ago. I now live in an old mining village just outside Edinburgh with my husband  and 3 children aged 7, 6 and 3 years. I own the newly launched children’s clothing brand Tatty Rose. I adore reading and my happy place is snuggled up reading to my children.

What are your children’s favourite books?

My eldest son is a fantastically independent reader who has a real love of curling up with a good book. By far his favourites are from the DogMan collection by Dave Pilkey. I love the sound of him giggling away as he reads his hilarious books.

My daughter who is 6 is growing in her confidence reading alone and I will find her still awake reading at night. Her favourite book is The Day The Crayons Came Home.

My youngest son is 3 and his favourite is Oi Frog. We do have Oi Dog also but Oi Frog has remained the firm favourite. It’s such a fun rhythmic book, what’s not to love?

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Stacey Grant-Canham, Founder, Black & Beech

Black & BeechHi Stacey! Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do

My name is Stacey Grant-Canham and I am the founder of Black & Beech, a design-led brand that focuses on feminism and motherhood, with products ranging from slogan jewellery to fine art prints and ethically sourced sweaters and tees.

What is your child’s favourite book?

I think a firm favourite at the minute is Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph. It tells the tale of a dog who feels she doesn’t fit in so travels to the bright lights of another city to discover that being different is OK.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Camilla Ferrell, Owner, Pretty & Cookie

Pretty & CookieTell us a little bit about yourself and your family

My name is Camilla. I’m married and have two boys, Freddie & Theo aged 4 ½ & 2 ½ – I live in Uxbridge, near Bucks and I’m a work-at-home-Mum. I have my own baking business, decorating cookies and I supply cakes to local cafes.

What are your sons’ favourite books?

My sons have their favourites, ‘The Book With No Pictures’ by BJ Novak – it’s so funny, they love me making silly noises and saying funny words. They also love ‘Not Now, Bernard’ by David McKee – it’s such a short, simple story but they always feel sad for Bernard and I think they wonder what happens to him. My youngest loves Nursery Rhymes, so we sing those a lot, plus the ‘That’s Not My…’ series was fab when they were both younger. They always “read” it themselves and remember the words by feeling the material on each page.

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Ivy’s Guest Book: Marcela Ferreira AKA S.E. Sussed

S.E. SussedTell us a little bit about yourself and your family

My name is Marcela, I am a mum of two (Izzy 8, and George 6) and wife of one.  I am an aspiring children’s writer and though I have nabbed a great agent, I am yet to have my stories published (here is hoping).

What is your son/daughter’s favourite book?

We read a lot at our house, so favourites change all the time.  I asked the kids what their favourites are right now, and this is what they said:

My daughter’s is Jake Atlas, by Rob Lloyd Jones: “because it’s adventurous”.  Jake Atlas is Indiana Jones for kids, inspired by the author’s own experiences as an Egyptologist.  His previous books, the ‘Wild Boy’ series are fantastic (and take place in Victorian London). I was lucky enough to meet Rob, and he is a brilliant story teller in person too – I highly recommend his books.

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Like Books About Animals? Enter Our Competition!


Here at Ivy’s Library we have a lot to celebrate. It’s World Book Day, we’ve just launched a new website and we’ve racked up over 2,300 followers across Facebook and Instagram!

To say thank you for being part of this little community we’re giving one lucky follower the chance to win a prize bundle worth £80!

The theme for this competition is ANIMALS and our prize bundle contains 8 books and some snuggly toys!


Prize includes:

  • There’s A Tiger In The Garden (By Lizzy Stewart)
  • The Squirrels Who Squabbled (By Rachel Bright)
  • Oi Frog! (By Kes Gray)
  • Big Hid (By Roisin Swales)
  • There’s A Bear On My Chair (By Ross Collins)
  • The Storm Whale (By Benji Davis)
  • The Highway Rat (By Julia Donaldson)
  • Lost And Found (By Oliver Jeffers)
  • & 1 pack of 6 mini woodland animal soft toys from Living Nature

We have 2 prize bundles – one for Facebook followers and on for Instagram followers.

Click here to enter on Facebook

Click here to enter on Instagram

Contest is open internationally and will run for 2 weeks. The 2 winners will be selected at random at 8.30pm GMT on Thursday, March 15th.