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Episode 38: Books to help in troubling times - with Catherine Barter, SF Said and Sarah Shaffi

Broadcast 27 June, 2017

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Author SF Said, journalist Sarah Shaffi and YA debut Catherine Barter join Melissa and Louise in the studio to talk about how books teach children to think, question and empathise with others - and recommend books that can help children to understand turbulent times.


Our guests

Catherine Barter

SF Said

Sarah Shaffi


Reading list: life-changing books to help in troubling times

Matilda by Roald Dahl

The Peacock Garden by Anita Desai

Kevin and Sadie series by Joan Lingard

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Iggie's House by Judy Blume

Don't Cross the Line by Bernardo Carvalho and Isabel Martins

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (and catch our interview with Angie in episode 35)

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

My Little Book of Big Freedoms by Chris Riddell

Check out our blog post from February for more books to help children understand complex political issues


Find out more

Take a look at our round-up of this month's new titles

Find out more about IBBY UK and follow them on Twitter

Read about the founding of IBBY by Jella Lepman and her autobiography A Bridge of Children's Books

The new Waterstones Children's Laureate for 2017-2019 is Lauren Child: find out more

Bidding is now closed - but check out #AuthorsforGrenfell which raised over £150,000 for Grenfell Tower residents

Listen to our recent live show featuring four top picture book creators - The Illustrators Who Made Us at Hay Festival


Image from Don't Cross the Line by Bernardo Carvalho and Isabel Martins (Gecko Press)