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14 Books for Kids About Mental Health



Mental illness and, more importantly, mental health are extremely important to me. As a mom living with bipolar disorder whose husband was also recently diagnosed with the disease, it’s also important to me to teach my kids about mental health. Books for kids about mental health help make this a part of our every day routine, and I incorporate it into our little talks.

“Mommy is feeling a little stressed right now, so let’s do a calm activity, please.”

“Daddy doesn’t feel very patient today. Please give him some alone time.”

“Being angry is okay. How do we deal with our anger?”

“It looks like you’re feeling overwhelmed? Why don’t you take some time to calm down in your room?”

“Your friend may have been acting out in class today because they’re dealing with things we don’t understand. Maybe they have a hard time listening or understanding instructions. You don’t have to let someone be mean to you, but try to be compassionate. Ask the teacher for help if you need it.”

When my kids were toddlers, we had similar conversations. Maybe they were simpler with solutions like “let’s talk about your feelings” or “stomp your anger away,” but they were meaningful and meant to create the foundation for good mental health habits.

Books for Kids About Mental Health

These are some of my favorite books for kids about mental health. As I mentioned before, books really help us incorporate conversations about mental health into our everyday routine. We read about it together, conversations and questions often follow, and my kids continue to revisit these stories.

Sometimes I can even overhear my older two discussing things among themselves using the skills I’ve taught them. Truly, there is little more wonderful than that.

14 Books for Kids About Mental Health

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21 thoughts on “14 Books for Kids About Mental Health

  1. I love that society has become more open about mental health and hopefully that means that the stigma that is too often attached can be eliminated. It affects so many people in different ways. What a great list to teach children about the concept at a level they can understand. Thank you for the recommendations.

  2. As a teacher, I’ve heard of many of these. “The Way I Feel” and “Alexander…” are two of my favorites. Did you know that there’s an adorable song to go along with “Pout Pout Fish”? Careful looking it up, it’s totally catchy and will get stuck in your head!

    1. I had no idea! We love Pete the Cat largely because of the songs that go along with it, so I know we’d love that ❤️

  3. These some great books here. I have read “The Way I Feel” and some of this I have seen but never really tried to read it. Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Wow, I want all of these books! And I love the prompts of how to talk to kids about different emotions. I definitely need to be more intentional about this.

  5. For little ones, I love Sandra Boynton’s Happy Hippo, Angry Duck. It introduces moods in a fun matter, and the illustrations are adorable!

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