Health on the Shelf

Health on the Shelf

Health on the Shelf in partnership with Libraries Tasmania, is a collection of suggested picture books (0-8 years) and junior fiction (5-12 years) that explore ideas about healthy living for children. There are books about:

  • appreciating diversity,
  • building positive relationships,
  • maintaining healthy bodies,
  • managing feelings and emotions, and
  • understanding food.
 

    

Health on the Shelf books can be read by children independently or together with an adult. The books are fun and engaging stories that include a health message; they are not information books. You can print off a copy of the list along with reading tips.

You can print a copy of reading tips and the booklist

Picture Books for Children (birth to eight years)

Interacting with babies and toddlers is important to their development. You can give your child a great start by talking, singing, playing and sharing simple books together even if you aren’t a confident reader yourself.

Here are some tips for shared reading time with your child:

Before reading

  • Let your child pick and choose what they read for pleasure.
  • Find a comfortable place to sit and read together.
  • Turn off electronic devices and give your child your full attention.
  • If your child is reading to you, let them hold the book.
  • Ask them to predict what the book will be about from clues in the cover and title.

During reading

  • Run your finger along the line to show your child that text runs left to right, top to bottom.
  • Prompt them to figure out difficult words by breaking them down and sounding them out.
  • Once they have figured out the word, ask them to go back and re-read so comprehension isn’t lost.
  • Allow them to stop and point at / talk about the pictures.
  • Pause once or twice during reading and ask them to predict what might happen next.

After reading

  • Ask what they would do / how they would feel if they were in the story.
  • Don’t feel pressured to finish the book if it’s boring or too difficult.
  • Ask your child if the book reminds them of anything else they’ve read, viewed or experienced.
  • Encourage them to re-tell the story or part of the story.
  • Have them tell you what they did / didn’t like about the book.
  • Allow them to read favourite books again and again.
AuthorTitle Topic
Denise Flemming Lunch Growing, cooking and eating food
Lois Ehlert Eating the alphabet Growing, cooking and eating food
Lois Ehlert Growing vegetable soup Growing, cooking and eating food
Eric Carle The very hungry caterpillar Growing, cooking and eating food
Claire Potter, Ailie BusbyWhich food will you chooseGrowing, cooking and eating food
Eileen Browne Handa’s surprise Growing, cooking and eating food
Mandy Dos SantosAt my family tableGrowing, cooking and eating food
Dan GreenBusy day: ChefGrowing, cooking and eating food
Ashley SpiresMost magnificent thingActive play and having fun outdoors
Danny ParkerPerfectActive play and having fun outdoors
Sandra BoyntonBarnyard danceActive play and having fun outdoors
Michael RosenWe’re going on a bear huntActive play and having fun outdoors
Sam McBratney and Charles FugeYes we canActive play and having fun outdoors
Sigrun DanielsdottirYour body is awesomeSelf esteem and self respect
Taryn BrumfittEmbrace your BodySelf esteem and self respect
Charlotte BarklaAll bodies are good bodiesSelf esteem and self respect
Katie CrenshawHer body canSelf esteem and self respect
Emily Winifield MartinThe wonderful things you will beSelf esteem and self respect
Giles AndreaeGiraffe's can't danceSelf esteem and self respect
Rachel BrightThe koala who couldSelf esteem and self respect
Rachel BrightThe lion insideSelf esteem and self respect
Aunty Fay MuirRespectSelf esteem and self respect
Trace MaloneyWhen I’m feeling scaredManaging emotions and feelings
Jez AlboroughMy friend bearManaging emotions and feelings
Virginia IronsideThe huge bag of worriesManaging emotions and feelings
Brian LiesThe rough patchManaging emotions and feelings
Neith NegleyTough guys (have feelings too)Managing emotions and feelings
Amanda McCardieA book of feelingsManaging emotions and feelings
Luana TowneyLola's new cousinManaging emotions and feelings
Sophie BeerLove makes a familyBuilding relationships with friends and family
Sophie BeerKindness makes us strongBuilding relationships with friends and family
Tom PercivalMeesha makes friendsBuilding relationships with friends and family
Amy June BatesThe big umbrellaBuilding relationships with friends and family
Judy Carey NevinAll kids are good kidsAppreciating diversity in our society
Mem FoxI'm Australian tooAppreciating diversity in our society
Davina BellAll the ways to be smartAppreciating diversity in our society
Susann HoffmannBoys will be …Appreciating diversity in our society
Susann HoffmannGirls are pretty …Appreciating diversity in our society
Scott StuartMy shadow is pinkAppreciating diversity in our society
Katie DaynesWhy should I brush my teeth?Looking after your body
Mo WillemsThe pigeon needs a bathLooking after your body

Stories for Younger Readers (five to 12 years)

These stories, which include aspects of health literacy in the plot, are aimed at older children to be read and enjoyed independently. They can also be used as the basis of parent-child, small group or whole-class discussion.

AuthorTitle Topic
Jerry CraftNew kidBuilding relationships with friends and family
Jeff KinneyDiary of a wimpy kid (series)Building relationships with friends and family
Jerry SpinelliLoserBuilding relationships with friends and family
Kayla MillerClick seriesBuilding relationships with friends and family
Jerry SpinelliStargirlAppreciating diversity in our society
Colin ThompsonThe short and incredibly happy Life of RileyAppreciating diversity in our society
R PalacioWonderAppreciating diversity in our society
John BoyneThe terrible thing that happened to Barnaby BrocketAppreciating diversity in our society
Morris GlietzmanBoy overboardManaging emotions and feelings
Morris GlietzmanGirl undergroundManaging emotions and feelings
Louis SacherHolesManaging emotions and feelings
Raina TelgemeierSmile - seriesManaging emotions and feelings
Terri LibensonEmmie & friends- seriesManaging emotions and feelings
Sally Odgers & Christina BoothMeet Dooley on the farm (Aussie kids series)Active play and having fun outdoors
Sally Rippin

(Billie B. Brown series)

The bad butterfly

The soccer star

The deep end

Active play and having fun outdoors
Sally Rippin

(Hey Jack! series)

The circus lesson

The bumpy ride

The big adventure

Active play and having fun outdoors
Nicole Hayes, Adrian BeckLittle legends seriesActive play and having fun outdoors
Belinda MurrellLulu Bell and the magical gardenActive play and having fun outdoors
Jo StanleyPlay like a girl seriesActive play and having fun outdoors

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