LIBRARIES across Dorset are supporting this year's Children's Mental Health Week initiative.

Established by mental health charity Place2Be, the week runs up until Sunday, February 9, the

Dorset Council's libraries are promoting 'Reading Well for Children', which is a new reading list supporting children's mental health and wellbeing.

This list has been created by the The Reading Agency, an organisation whose ethos is to 'work every day towards a world where everyone is reading their way to a better life'.

The books listed cover a wide range of reading levels and can be read with siblings and carers to support less confident readers.

Dorset Council member for customer, community and regulatory services, councillor Anthony Alford, said: "We’re delighted to be working with The Reading Agency to promote Reading Well for Children.

“Looking after your mental health is important whatever your age and the books on this list have been carefully chosen to help children tackle some of life’s big challenges.

“Look out for leaflets promoting the scheme in our libraries or ask one of our friendly librarians if you would like know more.”

Since launching, the Reading Well for Children scheme has helped 1.2 million people to borrow 2.3 million books from public libraries.

There are four reading lists aimed at adults and young people.

Books can be recommended by health professionals, or accessed by visiting local libraries.