Books, Apps & Websites

You and your child might find it helpful to use books to learn more about emotions and how to manage them. Below is a list of books that you might find helpful.

There are also apps that can help you with visits to the hospital and with your emotions.

Members of your child’s burn care team may also have some resources that they recommend, ask them for recommendations.

Books for children (aged 3 to 9)

  • Starving the Anger Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9 (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks). By Kate Collins-Donnelly
  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin for Children Aged 5-9 (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks). By Kate Collins-Donnelly
  • These workbooks are designed to help children understand anger and the different types of anxiety, and how to manage them. Based on cognitive behavioural principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, they use fun activities and real life stories. These workbooks are suitable for children aged 5 to 9.

    Starving the anger gremlin book for children
    Starving the anxiety gremlin book for children

  • The Huge Bag of Worries. By Virginia Ironside & Frank Rodgers
  • This is a picture book which can be used as a springboard for discussions about what worries children aged 3 to 8.

    The huge bag of worries book for children

  • When Something Terrible Happens: Children Can Learn to Cope with Grief. By Marge Heegaard
  • This book was designed for children, aged 4-8, to create ways for them to explore the fright, confusion, and insecurity caused by traumatic events in their lives.

    When something terrible happens book for children

  • How Are You Feeling Today? By Molly Potter
  • This book contains imaginative ways to help children understand and cope with different emotions. Children can choose a feeling that relates to them and then turn to the page that provides child-friendly strategies for dealing with that feeling. It also gives parents tools to help their child deal with those feelings and parent notes at the back of the book provide more ideas for parents to use with their child.

    How are you feeling today book for children

  • Will You be My Friend? by Molly Potter
  • This book presents practical advice on helping children to understand how to be a true friend and what helps and what hinders friendships. It can be used for starting conversations about making friends and includes a guide for parents and carers about supporting a child if they are having friendship difficulties.

    Will you be my friend book for children

  • Come Visit! Preparing Children to Visit Family Members in the Hospital.
  • This booklet was created by the Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin Child Life Program.

    Come Visit - Preparing Children to Visit Family Members in the Hospital

    Books for young people (aged 10+)

  • Starving the Anxiety Gremlin: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Workbook on Anxiety Management for Young People (aged 10+) (Gremlin and Thief CBT Workbooks). By Kate Collins-Donnelly
  • This workbook is designed to help young people understand different types of anxiety and how to manage them. Based on cognitive behavioural principles that link thoughts, feelings and behaviours, they use fun activities and real life stories. This workbook is suitable for young people aged 10+ years.

    Starving the anxiety gremlin for young people

  • The Anger Workbook For Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anger and Frustration (An Instant Help Book for Teens). By Raychelle Lohmann
  • This workbook offers a step-by-step approach to help teenagers learn about their anger, understand how anger affects their lives, and learn constructive communication skills to help express their feelings. Readers work through a series of exercises and worksheets to explore why they react the way they do, then learn skills and techniques to help them get their anger under control.

    The anger workbook for teens

    Books for parents

  • A Volcano in My Tummy: Helping Children to Handle Anger: A Resource Book for Parents, Caregivers and Teachers. By Eliane Whitehouse & Warwick Pudney
  • Primarily created for parents, caregivers and teachers of children aged 6 to 13 years, this book helps adults (and children) to understand and deal constructively with children's anger. It offers engaging, well-organized activities which help to overcome the fear of children's anger which many care-givers experience.

    A volcano in my tummy

  • The Happiness Trap Pocketbook. By Russ Harris & Bev Aislett
  • This is an illustrated, engaging and helpful guide to breaking free of 'the happiness trap' and finding a true sense of wellbeing.

    The happiness trap

  • Mindfulness: A practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world. By Mark Williams and Dr Danny Penman
  • This book is based on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT revolves around a straightforward form of mindfulness meditation which takes a few minutes a day for the full benefits to be revealed. This book describes a set of simple but powerful practices that can be incorporated into daily life to help break cycles of unhappiness, stress, anxiety and mental exhaustion to help you meet the worst that life can throw at you with new courage.

    Mindfulness. Finding peace.

  • The Compassionate Mind (Compassion Focused Therapy). By Paul Gilbert
  • This book explores how our minds have developed to be highly sensitive and quick to react to perceived threats and how this fast-acting threat-response system can be a source of anxiety, depression and aggression. It describes how developing kindness and compassion for self and others can help in calming down the threat system: as a mother's care and love can soothe a baby's distress, so we can learn how to soothe ourselves to reduce distressing emotions and increase feelings of contentment and well-being.

    The compassionate mind


    HospiChill - Helping you prepare for going into hospital

    The HospiChill App will not only help you prepare in the weeks before your appointment but also help you feel more in control when your there by teaching you how to relax and stay calm.

    NHS Apps Library - Find digital tools to help you manage and improve your health

    Breathe2Relax - teaches a skill called ‘diaphragmatic breathing’ to help users feel more relaxed

    The Breathe2Relax app provides instructions for deep breathing exercises that can help reduce stress. It can be used wherever you are, as a standalone tool or combined with other psychological therapies.


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    Child Trauma Recovery - a website designed to help parents to understand more about how their child or teen may react following a trauma

    Child Trauma Recovery aims to provide parents and caregivers with help, advice and reassurance after their child has experienced a frightening or traumatic event.