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44 Children’s Books That Help Kids Understand Mental Health

This book helps older children understand sensory processing challenges. 31. Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Stanley knows comic trivia better than anybody else, as his love… Trista - September 1, 2019
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This book helps older children understand sensory processing challenges.

31. Stanley Will Probably Be Fine

Stanley knows comic trivia better than anybody else, as his love of comics helps him feel safe in a world that can be disorienting. He entered Trivia Quest, where he can win some pretty great prizes and also overcome his anxiety.

This chapter book is excellent for middle-grade children who have sensory processing challenges or know someone who does. It will help those without sensory processing disorders develop empathy, and those with disorders realize that they have their own superpowers.

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This book helps children understand anxiety and develop strategies to overcome it.

32. Pilar’s Worries

Not all children who struggle with anxiety have what could be considered an anxiety disorder. After all, anxiety is part of a standard range of emotions, and learning to deal with it when it arises is a normal part of developing emotional intelligence.

Pilar’s Worries is a picture book about a girl who loves ballet and is excited about a big ballet audition. But she begins to feel so anxious about the audition that her whole body hurts. She develops coping mechanisms and focuses on how much she loves ballet to get through the anxiety and nail her audition.

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This book helps children who have experienced neglect.

33. Somebody Cares: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect

Children who have experienced neglect have many challenges to overcome, and overcoming those challenges begins with learning to trust their new caregivers. While time and patience on the part of the caregiver, and therapy on the part of the child, are valuable, knowing that other children have experienced similar things can send a powerful message.

Somebody Cares: A Guide for Kids Who Have Experienced Neglect is a book that can help kids in that situation know that they are not alone. It teaches them that they are brave for having endured so much and helps them understand the complicated feelings that they have to process.

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This book helps children understand anxiety and develop strategies to overcome it.

34. The Fix-It Friends: Have No Fear!

The Fix-It Friends are a group of kids that come together with a mission to find a solution to the problems that kids face. In this book in the series, they help Maya, one of their classmates who don’t like recess because she is afraid of bugs.

This chapter book is ideal for elementary-age children to understand fear and anxiety and beings friends with people who are facing challenges. The book includes a toolbox of strategies that children can use to deal with their own fears and anxieties.

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This book helps children understand grief and loss.

35. One Wave at a Time: A Story About Grief and Healing

There are a lot of different ways to understand grief. Metaphors are particularly helpful for children experiencing pain, and this book uses the metaphor of waves to help young children, as early as kindergarten, understand the complicated emotions associated with the loss of a loved one.

The book tells the story of Kai, whose father died. As he learns to live without his father, his emotions of fear, anger, sadness, guilt, and even apathy crash on him like waves. Sometimes they all become jumbled together and come in all at once. However, with support, he begins to heal.

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This book helps children understand emotions.

36. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

Children don’t need to have mental health challenges to develop emotional intelligence. Helping children navigate and understand their emotions can help ground them with resilience to face whatever difficulties they may encounter.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings is part of a series that can help children as young as toddlers begin to understand their emotions. The book describes emotions using analogies and metaphors that young children can understand, as well as how those emotions can make them feel physically.

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This book helps children understand bullying.

37. Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying

When does teasing become bullying? Many children don’t know where to draw the line and understand when playful teasing becomes hurtful bullying. Tease Monster: A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying helps elementary-age kids understand the difference between the two.

Reading this book will help children understand the difference between friendly teasing and mean teasing. It will also help children develop strategies for responding to mean teasing, which is the same as bullying.

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This book helps children to understand ADHD.

38. Cory Stories: A Kid’s Book About Living With ADHD

Cory is a little boy who shares different stories and vignettes about his life with ADHD. Sometimes he falls out of his chair, and his friends don’t always want to play with him. However, by following through with a treatment plan, he can develop strategies for overcoming his ADHD.

In this book, Cory describes how his ADHD affects many aspects of his daily life, from his relationships with his friends and family to his overall ability to function. It will help elementary-age children understand ADHD.

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This book helps older children to understand Tourette’s Syndrome.

39. Forget Me Not

This chapter book for middle-grade children tells the story of Calliope, a girl with Tourette’s Syndrome and who recently moved to a new school. Despite her attempts to hide her TS, the kids realize that she makes faces and noises that she didn’t intend to make.

But Calliope’s neighbor, who is a popular kid at school, realizes that there is an extraordinary kid underneath the Tourette’s. Just as Calliope begins to make new friends, though, she may have to move yet again.

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This book helps children understand identity.

40. Red: A Crayon’s Story

Identity is something that all kids, not just those who are LGBTQ+, struggle with on one level. It tells the story of Red, a blue crayon who has a red label. Everyone tries to make him red, as his label suggests, but no matter how many times he tries to draw strawberries, he cannot force himself to be red.

When he encounters a purple crayon, the purple crayon helps him understand that he is actually blue. This book is something that all kids will be able to relate to on some level, especially those who try to conform to what others expect them to be.

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This book helps children understand anxiety and develop strategies to overcome it.

41. How Big Are Your Worries, Little Bear?

Even very young children can struggle with anxiety, just like Little Bear does in this book. He is especially afraid of making mistakes, just like many children are. However, when he talks about his worries with his mother, they get a lot smaller, and he can overcome them.

This book will help even young children understand that their worries are not as big as they think and that sometimes, talking to someone can help them go away. This book can be helpful for very young children, as young as three years old.

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This book helps older children understand bullying.

42. Warp Speed

This novel, which is appropriate for middle-grade children, tells the story of Marley, who is starting another boring school year. However, the school year becomes a lot less boring when the biggest bully in the school targets him.

Bullying can cause severe adverse effects in adolescent children, but helping them to address the issue in an age-appropriate way can lead to strategies for dealing with bullies. It can also help them understand where their own behavior may be considered bullying.

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This book helps children understand grief and loss.

43. When Dinosaurs Die

The wise dinosaurs, who have an entire series on helping kids deal with difficult issues such as divorce, are back in this book to help kids understand the process we go through when loved ones die.

This book, which is appropriate for children as young as preschool, answers many of the questions that children have about death. Parents and caregivers can read it with young children who are learning to navigate a profound loss so that they can begin to heal.

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This book helps children to understand Tourette’s Syndrome.

44. Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus

This chapter book for middle-grade kids tells the story of Aven, a cactus which was born without any arms. However, instead of admitting that he was born without arms, he likes to invent wild stories about how he lost them.

When his family moves, he makes friends with Connor, a classmate who has Tourette’s Syndrome. The two partner together to solve a mystery. This book will help children understand that the things that make them different give them the abilities to do things that other kids may not be able to do. Most importantly, the two characters discover friendship in the midst of coping with their disabilities.

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