June Reading List: Wellbeing Wonders

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This month, we’re delivering you a list bursting with books that will do wonders for wellbeing. From colourful stories to reassure children that it’s ok to worry and valuable lessons about being kind, to inspiration for getting active and staying healthy, let’s take some time out to look after ourselves, and each other. 

As the gradual transition back to school begins, we’ve made sure to include lots of eBooks in our list, so that you can easily share them with pupils – wherever they’re learning. To access the eBooks at home, parents simply need to register for free on Oxford Owl for Home. You can find lots more eBooks for children to enjoy at home in our earlier blog posts: eBook Escapes and Boredom-busting eBooks.

Everybody Worries

Everybody Worries
By Jon Burgerman
Suitable for sharing with all ages

Award-winning artist and author Jon Burgerman has created this original e-picture book, which has drawn praise from child psychologists, to help support children who are feeling worried about Coronavirus and the changes it’s brought. Full of colourful characters and written in fun rhyming couplets, it will reassure children that their worries are valid and also includes lots of practical ways to help them feel less concerned, making it a great resource to share with parents.

Read the eBook

The Ugly Duckling

The Ugly Duckling
Oxford Reading Tree Traditional Tales
Oxford Level 1 (Reception/P1)

In this first introduction to the classic tale, Mother Duck is puzzled when a very ugly little duckling hatches out of a large egg in her nest. Will he find his home? This story is a great starting point to talk with younger children about why we shouldn’t judge others by their appearance.

Take a look at the whole Level 1 Traditional Tales pack or buy The Ugly Duckling on Amazon.

Get Fit with the Fun Bunch

Get Fit with the Fun Bunch
Oxford Reading Tree Word Sparks
Oxford Level 2 (Reception/P1)

From hula hooping with an elephant, to running with a cheetah, the fun bunch are sure to get children active! This book is from the brand-new Word Sparks series, featuring fully-decodable books that tackle the word gap too. Using the world’s largest known database of writing for and by children, experts have defined 300 ambitious words to help children succeed in school, and used these to create inspiring and engaging books like this one.

Take a look at the whole Level 2 Word Sparks pack or buy Get Fit with the Fun Bunch on Amazon.

Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home

Winnie and Wilbur Stay at Home
By Valerie Thomas and Korky Paul
Oxford Level 8 (Years 1-3/P2-4)

Join Winnie and Wilbur in a brand-new stay-at-home adventure! With Wilbur’s fun ideas and a flick of Winnie’s wand, staying at home can be lots of fun, and Winnie even finds the perfect way to say a big thank you to carers everywhere. With the help of familiar friends, this story offers a reassuring backdrop for talking openly about what’s going on.

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A Bad Mood

A Bad Mood
Read Write Inc. Phonics Book Bag Books
Read Write Inc. Orange Level (Year 2/P3)

Dad gets in a bad mood – a lot! – but how can they cheer him up?  Use this Read Write Inc. Phonics Book Bag Book to help children reflect on their own changing moods. It’s designed to be used at home for reading practice outside the classroom, which means that it includes supportive notes for parents and carers, as well as pre-reading activities and a Vocabulary Check.

Read the eBook or take a look at the whole Read Write Inc. Phonics Book Bag Books Orange Level pack.

The Pizza Patch

The Pizza Patch
Oxford Reading Tree InFact
Oxford Level 8 (Years 1-3/P2-4)

Healthy eating is a really important way to look after our wellbeing and this colourful eBook, full of fun interactive features, offers step-by-step instructions to create an amazing vegetable garden, full of delicious toppings for the perfect pizza!

Read the eBook or take a look at the whole Level 8 Oxford Reading Tree InFact pack.

Flying Kicks

Flying Kicks
Oxford Reading Tree InFact
Oxford Level 9 (Years 1-3/P2-4)

What is a reverse punch and what does it take to perform a flying kick? From white belts to black belts, find out all about karate in this interactive eBook, that will send eager fact detectives on a quest to learn about the mental and physical strength required to succeed in this ancient martial art.

Read the eBook or take a look at the whole Level 9 Oxford Reading Tree InFact pack.

Double Exposure

Double Exposure
TreeTops Reflect

Oxford Level 17 (Years 4-6/P5-7)

TreeTops Reflect is a thought-provoking and emotional series that uses the power of fiction to help children connect to diverse experiences. In this story, Martin ends up partnered with spiky Sophia for a photography project, but it’s when he learns more about her life, and her role as a carer for her mum, that he starts to see things from a different perspective. 

Read the eBook or take a look at the whole Level 16-17 TreeTops Reflect pack


We hope you enjoy sharing these books with your class to help you all stay happy and healthy. We’ll be back next month with even more superb stories. Make sure you don’t miss out by subscribing to the blog

Did you know? You can search the free Oxford Owl eBook library by age, level, book type and series, so that you can easily find the right book recommendations for your class. Browse the full library here.