Books to Help Kids Understand Their Emotional and Mental Health

Book List , Kids

Maybe Tomorrow?

Title: Maybe Tomorrow?
By: Charlotte Agell
Published: 2019

Elba carries the black block of grief and sadness wherever she goes--until Norris comes along and helps her to let go of the block and enjoy life again.

4 - 8 years.


I'm Happy-Sad Today: Making Sense of Mixed-Together Feelings Book

Title: I'm Happy-Sad Today: Making Sense of Mixed-Together Feelings Book
By: Lory Britain
Published: 2019

Happy, and also sad. Excited, but nervous too. Feeling friendly, with a little shyness mixed in. Mixed feelings are natural, but they can be confusing.

3 - 8 years.


Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More

Title: Just Breathe: Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, and More
By: Mallika Chopra
Published: 2018

A meditation guide that offers specific mindfulness exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and includes tips to lead a happier, healthier, and more connected life.

8 - 12 years.


Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems

Title: Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems
By: Kate Coombs
Published: 2017

A collection of poems paired with imagery of the natural world reminds readers about the importance of staying calm, soothing emotions, and appreciating the world around them.

4 - 8 years.


When Sadness is at Your Door

Title: When Sadness is at Your Door
By: Eva Eland
Published: 2019

A young child experiences sadness as if it were a visitor, acknowledging the emotion and suggesting activities to do with it.

3 - 7 years.


Mindfulness for Little Ones: Playful Activities to Foster Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Joy in Kids

Title: Mindfulness for Little Ones: Playful Activities to Foster Empathy, Self-Awareness, and Joy in Kids
By: Hiedi France
Published: 2020

This book helps children move toward healthy coping skills and behaviors with playful, developmentally appropriate activities.

Ages 2-5


How Are You Peeling?: Foods With Moods

Title: How Are You Peeling?: Foods With Moods
By: Saxton Freymann
Published: 1999

Carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions by presenting leading questions such as "Are you feeling angry?"

4 - 8 years.


Puppy in My Head: A Book About Mindfulness

Title: Puppy in My Head: A Book About Mindfulness
By: Elise Gravel
Published: 2021

I've got a puppy running around inside my head. His name is Ollie. Sometimes my puppy is quiet, curious, or scared. And sometimes he is excited . . . a little too excited! When that happens, I get overwhelmed. So, what's a puppy--and an anxious kid--to do?

4 - 8 years.


Taking Time

Title: Taking Time
By: Jo Loring-Fisher
Published: 2020

A young girl takes time to celebrate the sights and sounds around her, including her dog's soft fur, a flock of birds that passes by, waving blossoms on a tree, and the sound of the sea in a seashell.

5 - 8 years.


The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions

Title: The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions
By: Anna Llenas
Published: 2018

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color.

4 - 8 years.


My Heart

Title: My Heart
By: Corinna Luyken
Published: 2019

From moments of great joy and exuberance to necessary times of quiet contemplation, your heart is your guide.

4 - 8 years.


Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting

Title: Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting
By: Dr. Laura Markham
Published: 2012

Based on the latest research on brain development and clinical experience with parents, Dr. Laura Markham's approach is as simple as it its effective. Her message: Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change.


Super George and The Invisible Shield

Title: Super George and The Invisible Shield
By: Laurie P. Mendoza
Published: 2017

George learns how to stay in control when other kids upset him.

7 - 10 years.


The I'm Not Scared Book

Title: The I'm Not Scared Book
By: Todd Parr
Published: 2011

Relates the things that can frighten children and how these fears may be overcome.

3 to 6 years.


The Goodbye Book

Title: The Goodbye Book
By: Todd Parr
Published: 2015

Illustrations and brief text relate how a person might feel when they lose someone they love.

3 - 6 years.


Ruby Finds A Worry

Title: Ruby Finds A Worry
By: Tom Percival
Published: 2019

A young girl's sense of adventure and exploration vanishes when she discovers a Worry that grows and grows until she learns how to get rid of it.

3 - 6 years.


Niko Draws a Feeling

Title: Niko Draws a Feeling
By: Bob Raczka
Published: 2017

No one understands the abstract pictures that Niko draws until a new friend sees the thought and feeling within his shapes and forms.

5 - 9 years.


Me And My Fear

Title: Me And My Fear
By: Francesca Sanna
Published: 2018

When a young girl has to move to a new country and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way...

3 - 7 years.


The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive

Title: The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind, Survive Everyday Parenting Struggles, and Help Your Family Thrive
By: Daniel J. Siegel
Published: 2011

The authors explain the new science of how a child's brain is wired and how it matures, along with advice on how to put this information to work in raising happier, calmer children.


I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

Title: I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness
By: Susan Verde
Published: 2017

A child starts to get carried away with worry and rushing thoughts before taking a breath, steadying, observing thoughts, feeling kindness, feeling thankful, and experiencing the world.

4 - 8 years.


The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath: A Fairy Tale to Help You Feel Better

Title: The Three Little Yogis and the Wolf Who Lost His Breath: A Fairy Tale to Help You Feel Better
By: Susan Verde
Published: 2020

One morning, the wolf came upon a peaceful little yogi doing sun salutations. The wolf wanted to huff and puff and blow her hut down into a big pile of straw. But instead the yogi suggested, "Let's meditate on that!" Soon the wolf met a second yogi, and then a third. He may have lost his huff and puff -- but with the help of three new yogi friends, can the wolf find his breath?

4 - 8 years.


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