Reading Well Books on prescription for children  

Turning the page on support for children’s mental health. 

A new scheme has been launched in Wales to help children understand and manage their mental health and wellbeing through reading.   

Reading Well Books on Prescription for children has been developed by leading health professionals alongside children and their families and is being brought to Wales by UK charity, The Reading Agency in partnership with Welsh Government and public libraries.

Reading Well for children is the third Reading Well scheme to be delivered in Wales following the success of the dementia and mental health book collections.

The booklist:
The Reading Well for children booklist contains 33 books selected to address key challenges facing children today. Titles deal with topics from anxiety and grief, bullying and internet safety, to how to cope with events in the news.  The booklist also explores living well with a range of diagnosed conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), dyslexia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and physical disabilities.

Targeted at children in Key Stage 2, the booklist includes titles suitable for a wide range of reading levels to support less confident readers, and to encourage children to read together with their siblings and carers.

How can you get involved?

  • Titles from the booklist can be recommended by health and social care professionals, teachers and anyone else working to support children and families. User leaflets are available from health boards and local library services and  digital versions can be downloaded from the Reading Well website;
  • People visit their local library, where the titles can be borrowed for free and many are available for e-lending. Books can also be borrowed without a prescription.

For further information to help you deliver the scheme, email: or visit:

The Reading Agency is a national charity that tackles life’s big challenges through the proven power of reading.

  • Third Sector Support Wales
  • PQASSO Quality Mark
  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
  • Lottery Community Fund
  • Disability Confident
  • Bridgend County Borough Council