An award-winning Ferguson Valley author is bringing young people and mental health to the forefront in a new project highlighting the benefits of reading. Josh Langley joins Children’s Book Council of Australia WA Branch secretary Kris Williams in the CBCA WA’s new series of online videos focusing on the benefits books and reading bring to young readers. Mr Langley said the series targeted parents and carers to help them find the right books for their children to read and guide them to make the link between reading and mental health. “We all know reading offers a great method of escapism, but how can we pass that on to children?” he said. “The series aims to make it easier for parents to help their children with reading by providing them with all the resources and ideas they need. “It can offer a doorway to other books, help children feel better about themselves and give them a passion for reading.” Mr Langley said the topics were identified as the core ideas to address to start to build a good mental health framework for children. “Seeing kids struggle with anxiety, depression and self-identity at younger ages makes me want to do anything I can to help create a positive mental health framework for young people,” he said. “It’s a resource rich program that will make parents’ lives easier.” Parents and teachers can access the videos and resources via wa.cbca.org.au /reading-heart-mind.html.