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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.