Book reviews by our foster carers for Book Lover’s Day!

To celebrate Book Lover’s Day this year, some of our fabulous foster carers from our North team have reviewed some of their favourite books which are relevant to fostering!

Book Review by Nina, Foster Carer for Capstone North.

Title – Charley Chatty and the Wiggly Worry Worm: A story about insecurity and attention-seeking (Therapeutic Parenting Books) By Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies.

These books are really useful, I am sure, as experienced foster carers we have all had a child that talks for England about nothing… whether it be because they are worrying or just to make sure you are close by, I know I have. They give workable strategies to use when dealing with emotional and behavioral difficulties which can sometimes emerge when our children have had not such a good start in life for what ever reason.

They are great for any child to look through, alone or together with carers, and relate to the feelings, emotions and thoughts that “Charley” is experiencing.

Book Review by Michelle, Foster Carer for Capstone North.

Title – Sophie Spikey. By Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies.

This book is a fabulous tool for both children and adults to work together with.  It shows the anxiety that a child with attachment disorder following trauma suffered in early years displays. In the book Sophie cannot ask for help and tries to be totally independent from her mother (care giver) and is scared of being shamed if she admits to loosing her new shoes.  In my experience caring for a young man who has severe attachment disorder this total lack of trust in adults and the need to control every aspect of his life, making decisions without knowledge of the consequences and refusing help with everything is a copy of how Sophie is and how she tries to cope.

Children with any form of trauma related attachment issues will often develop behaviours that can, and do, interfere with their ability to attach appropriately to their caregiver, they will often be independent, angry when faced with a problem that they try to solve without help, they can be withdrawn or in some cases will be overly clingy and very needy in their demands. I would recommend this book not only for younger children but also for the older children as the strategies used by the mother and the similarities of the difficulties the young person will struggle with can be adapted for all ages.


Book Review by Adele, Foster Carer for Capstone North & Adoptive Carer.

Title – William Wobbly and the mysterious holey jumper!! By Sarah Naish and Rosie Jefferies.

This book is an absolute must read for any foster carers, adoptive parents, social workers and teaching staff.  As I started to read the book this could have quite easily have been my adopted son who was fostered prior to adoption. Any change no matter how small causes anxiety and worry, but for children who have suffered trauma this is compounded. Hiding under desks, chewing jumpers and hiding are all traits that my son displayed in his primary school. My 11 year old son read the book and said, ‘this could be me mum’. He recognised immediately that the wobbly feelings in his tummy were very real. Every primary school teacher should have a copy of the book as I am sure they can relate it to pupils they have and are teaching. Well done a brilliant user friendly book.


Book Review by Nina, Foster Carer for Capstone North.
Title – Who feels scared? By Sue Graves

Great short stories, fun and easy to share with young children, very well illustrated which gives lots of things to chat about. It shows that it’s only natural to be scared at times, at some point we all feel a little afraid of the unknown, but with the help of carers and friends to reassure and explain things everything will be alright. The book, hopefully, also makes children more aware of the fears and feelings of others. Great strategies to use to help children talk about their experiences etc


Book Review by Nina, Foster Carer for Capstone North.
Not fair, Won’t Share. By Sue Graves

Again, great short story with fun illustrations. Good to share with any young children, showing its much nicer to share and have lots of friends by being nice to others. Gets children talking about how they feel and how other children feel when left out, not invited to play, how to control our feelings, etc.

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