Stories as Mirrors, Windows and Sliding Glass Doors

Children (and adults) throughout the country have had to deal with a huge range of emotions during this Corona Pandemic.  Emotions can be very difficult for children to deal with. 

How can we help children to start to express how they feel especially when they might not have the language to be able to talk about how they are feeling.  

By reading and sharing stories we can provide an opening for children to begin to be able to accept and discuss situations and feelings they might have.  We can find out more information about things such as the covid situation to help alleviate fears and misinformation.  We can help children to relate to characters in stories that might be feeling some of the big emotions that they are battling or hiding away.  Sharing stories also help reinforce new routines such as the importance of washing our hands.  

There are many different books available but here are some examples and some links to author read alouds available in case there are not copies available.

The best thing we can do for our children during this time of change is to keep reading and creating that connection through sharing stories.

Some Author Read Alouds on YouTube:

“Reading aloud to children may be the single most important thing a teacher does.” Anne Thomas: The Reading Book (CLPE)

Links to other book recommendations


Further readlouds of other stories can be found on various websites including:


If you search the names of publishers or organisations on youtube then they have various author read alouds here are a few examples:

Other book recommendations

Further read alouds are available on youtube by various organisations/schools if you search them on youtube:

  • Can’t You Sleep, Little Bear by Martin Waddell (Animated)
  • Silly Billy by Anthony Brown
  • The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironsides 
  • The Colour Monster by Anna Llenas
  • The Heart and the Bottle – by Oliver Jeffers 
  • When Sadness is at Your Door – by Eva Eland 
  • How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers.
  • Ruby’s Worry by Tom Percival
  • Badger’s Parting Gifts by Susan Varley – story that deals with loss


Try and get families involved in the Summer Reading Challenge with the Reading Agency.  The Challenge has just launched.