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World Book Day takes place on the first Thursday of March each year. To celebrate, this year we’ve asked our community of partners, staff, and supporters to share some of their favourite self-help books with us. We were blown away by the overwhelming response, and we’re happy to share this handy list of 100+ book recommendations from our community. 

But first – let’s take a quick look at the many benefits that reading can have on our mental health. 

How Reading Improves Mental Health

In the midst of the pandemic, The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy conducted a survey in which 43% of respondents reported that reading helped to ease their stress levels during lockdown. 

In addition to reducing stress, reading can also help to improve mental health in the following ways: 

  • It gives us something to focus on, which in turn helps us relax. 
  • When reading stories about others, we feel less alone and more connected to the world. 
  • Reading can ignite our imagination and creative side, while also broadening our horizons to new perspectives and possibilities. 
  • Research shows that our memory and concentration improve when we read. 

Last but not least, reading empowers us to learn so many new things about the world, other people, and even ourselves. 

So in honour of World Book Day 2023, here’s our recommended reading list of books to help you live your very best life. 

The Lily-Jo Project’s 2023 Reading List


Mental Wellbeing

Creating Good Habits

Parenting & Children’s Mental Health

Physical Wellbeing

Relationships & Social Connections

Spiritual Health

Exploring Race

Compelling & Inspiring Autobiographies

Financial Wellbeing

Leadership Skills

Business Start-Up Support

Final Thoughts

We hope you found at least one book from this list that piqued your interest! If you’d like to contribute a book review to our blog or if you’d like us to review a book that you have written, please feel free to give us a shout at admin@thelilyjoproject.com

About The Lily-Jo Project

The Lily-Jo Project is a UK-based mental health platform devoted to using music as a tool to educate, equip, and empower people of all ages to live their lives to the fullest. For free mental health self-help resources, visit www.thelilyjoproject.com#help. To learn more about our work in schools, visit www.thelilyjoproject.com/schools

About Lily-Jo’s New Book Talking to Children About Mental Health

In January of 2023, Lily-Jo Project founder, Lily-Jo, released her debut book Talking to Children About Mental Health


This book is a practical guide designed to help adults understand the unique mental health challenges facing children, teenagers, and students today.

Some of the key themes covered include:

  • Anxiety and cancel culture
  • Self-esteem and self-harm in the digital world
  • Climate anxiety and global grief
  • Post-pandemic stress disorder
  • And more!

It’s suitable for parents, grandparents, teachers, youth workers and anyone in a position of care or interested in the future of mental health and supporting the next generation. 

Talking to Children About Mental Health  is available for purchase at Amazon, Waterstones, WHSmith, and Barns & Noble

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