Health on the Shelf

Health on the Shelf

Health on the Shelf in partnership with Libraries Tasmania, is a collection of suggested picture books for children (birth to eight years) and fiction books for young readers  (five to 12 years) that explore ideas about healthy living. There are books about:

  • growing, cooking and eating food
  • active play and having fun outdoors
  • looking after your body
  • self-esteem and self-respect
  • managing emotions and feelings
  • appreciating diversity in our society
  • building relationships with friends and family.
 

The collection is a resource that parents and educators can use in shared or group reading with children, or for young readers to enjoy independently. Health on the Shelf titles are primarily engaging stories that include a basic health message; they are not information books.

You can print a copy of the list

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:

  • Find a comfortable place to sit and read together.
  • Hold the book so your child can see the pages clearly.
  • Show your child how to open the book and turn the pages.
  • Run your finger along the lines as you read to show that print is read from left to right and to help with word recognition.
  • Encourage your child to point at objects and talk about the pictures.
  • Draw your child’s attention to key words in the story by pointing and inviting them to say the word too  “This word is ‘garden’. Can you say ‘garden’?”
  • Reread books or sections of books that your child enjoys.
  • Once or twice during reading stop and ask your child to predict what might happen next.
  • Encourage your child to connect with the story by asking them:
    • how they feel about things that happen in the story “How did you feel when the girl fell off her bike?”
    • to picture themselves in the story “What would you do if you were this boy?”
    • to recall personal experiences similar to those in the story “Tell me about a time when you made a new friend.”
  • Tease out things that might be confusing or challenging in the story “Why do you think she wanted to do that?”
  • Be supportive and positive.
  • Have fun!
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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