Mental Health Awareness Month: Board & Picture Books

Back to books for Mental Health Awareness Month


 

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I Am!: Affirmations for Resilience Cover Image
By Bela Barbosa, Edel Rodriguez (Illustrator)
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593222799
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Published: Rise x Penguin Workshop - October 6th, 2020

A stunningly illustrated guide to simple affirmations for young children, building self-esteem and confidence.

When you are feeling scared of something new,
Stand tall,
Put your hands on your hips,
and say:

I Am Brave!


My Many Colored Days Cover Image
By Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson (Illustrator), Lou Fancher (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780679893448
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 8th, 1998

Dr. Seuss's youngest concept book is now available in a sturdy board book for his youngest fans! All of the stunning illustrations and imaginative type designs of Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are here, as are the intriguing die-cut squares in the cover.


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A Shelter for Sadness Cover Image
By Anne Booth, David Litchfield (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781682633397
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Published: Peachtree - September 7th, 2021

This poignant and heartwarming story explores the many faces of sadness and addresses the importance of mental health in a child-friendly way.


The Magic Hug: A Story about Emotions Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781910716922
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Published: Boxer Books - December 7th, 2021

There's nothing like a hug to make your anger go away. It's MAGIC


A Blue Kind of Day Cover Image
By Rachel Tomlinson, Tori-Jay Mordey (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593324011
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Published: Kokila - April 5th, 2022

A moving picture book debut about depression, sensory awareness, and the power of listening, from psychologist and author of Teaching Kids to be Kind.

Coen is having a sniffling, sighing, sobbing kind of day.


Beautiful Oops! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780761157281
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 23rd, 2010

A spill. A smear. A smudge. A tear. When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful!

A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery.


What's Up, Maloo? (Maloo and Friends) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735266643
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Published: Tundra Books - January 7th, 2020

Maloo the kangaroo has lost his hop. Can his friends help him find it again? This sweet picture book explores the idea of sadness and the importance of friendship through ups and downs.


Don't Worry, Little Crab Cover Image
By Chris Haughton, Chris Haughton (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781536211191
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Published: Candlewick - April 7th, 2020

From the award-winning creator of Shh! We Have a Plan comes a vibrantly colorful story about mustering the courage to try something new.


I Am Enough Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062667120
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 6th, 2018

A #1 New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner! This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.


My Heart Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227934
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Published: Rocky Pond Books - January 8th, 2019

From the author-illustrator of The Book of Mistakes comes a gorgeous picture book about caring for your own heart and living with kindness and empathy.

My heart is a window. My heart is a slide. My heart can be closed...or opened up wide.


The Rabbit Listened Cover Image
By Cori Doerrfeld, Cori Doerrfeld (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735229358
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Published: Dial Books - February 20th, 2018

A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small—now a New York Times bestseller and a perfect gift for any special occasion


The Shadow Elephant Cover Image
By Nadine Robert, Valerio Vidali (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703128
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - October 13th, 2020

A gentle story about sadness showing that sometimes all you need to feel better is the openness of someone who accepts you as you are.


A Financial Times Best Children's Book of 2021



Big Boys Cry Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524773205
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 11th, 2019

Let boys cry! This picture book imagines a world in which boys are encouraged to express their full range of emotions.


Fergal and the Bad Temper Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250198624
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Published: Imprint - April 30th, 2019

A young dragon must learn to control his anger in Robert Starling's Fergal and the Bad Temper, a funny picture book for fiery kids everywhere!

Fergal the dragon does not like being told what to do. It’s not fair! And when things aren’t fair, Fergal loses his temper and snorts angry fire.

He feels sorry afterward, but Fergal just can’t control his outburts!


Grumpy Monkey Party Time! Cover Image
By Suzanne Lang, Max Lang (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593118627
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 15th, 2019

Everyone's favorite New York Times bestselling Grumpy Monkey is back in this hilarious sequel about managing social anxiety and listening to your needs!


Pilar's Worries Cover Image
By Victoria M. Sanchez, Jess Golden (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807565469
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - October 1st, 2018

Pilar loves to dance. She pliés while brushing her teeth. She leaps when hurrying to ballet class. But when tryouts for her favorite ballet are held, Pilar is anxious. Auditioning makes her whole body feel scared. But by using some of the coping techniques she’s learned and focusing on her love for ballet, she is able to persevere.


Tough Guys Have Feelings Too Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781909263666
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Published: Flying Eye Books - November 3rd, 2015

A boldly illustrated picture book read-aloud about how everyone gets sad—ninjas, wrestlers, knights, superheroes, everyone . . . even daddies have emotions!

Did you know wrestlers have feelings? And knights. Even superheroes and ninjas feel sad sometimes. In fact everyone has feelings—especially dads who love their children!


What's the Matter, Marlo? Cover Image
By Andrew Arnold, Andrew Arnold (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250223234
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - January 26th, 2021

What's the Matter Marlo? is a picture book about best friends that highlights empathy, as well as anger and sadness, and reminds us that these aren't feelings to run away from, but instead to help each other through.


When Sadness is at Your Door Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525707189
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 29th, 2019

A comforting primer in emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it is our guest.

Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.


A Place Inside of Me: A Poem to Heal the Heart Cover Image
By Zetta Elliott, Noa Denmon (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780374307417
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) - July 21st, 2020

Caldecott Honor Book
Today Show Best Book for the Holidays
ALA Notable Book for All Ages

ALSC Notable Children's Book
NCTE Notable Poetry Book

Evanston Public Library's Top 100 Great Book for Kids
Nerdy Award Winner for Single Poem Picture Book

Bank Street Best Books of the Year


A Terrible Thing Happened Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781557987013
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Published: Magination Press - January 1st, 2000

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous and had bad dreams. Then he met someone who helped him talk about the terrible thing, and made him feel better.


Glad Monster, Sad Monster Cover Image
By Anne Miranda (Text by), Ed Emberley (By (artist))
$13.99
ISBN: 9780316573955
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Published: LB Kids - September 1st, 1997

Glad, sad, silly, mad - monsters have all kinds of different feelings! In this innovative die-cut book, featuring a snazzy foil cover, you'll try on funny masks as you walk through the wide range of moods all little monsters (and kids!) experience.


Wemberly Worried Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780061857768
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Published: Greenwillow Books - April 27th, 2010

Wemberly worried about everything. Big things. Little things. And things in between. Then it was time for school to start. And Wemberly worried even more. If you ever worry (or know someone who does), this is the book for you.


When Molly Drew Dogs Cover Image
By Deborah Kerbel, Lis Xu (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771473385
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Published: Owlkids - September 17th, 2019

On the night before the first day of school, a pack of stray dogs moves into Molly's head. They are friendly, but a bit wild. They scamper through her thoughts, yap at the door to her dreams, and scratch at her brain, begging to be let out. So Molly starts to draw them.


When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry… (Scholastic Bookshelf) Cover Image
By Molly Bang, Molly Bang (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780439598453
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - June 1st, 2004

Category: Feelings"Oh is Sophie ever angry now!"Everybody gets angry sometimes. For children, anger can be very upsetting. Parents, teachers, and children can talk about it. People do lots of different things when they get angry. In this Caldecott-honor book, kids will see what Sophie does when she gets angry.


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The Bear and the Moon Cover Image
By Matthew Burgess, Catia Chien (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781452171913
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 29th, 2020

The Bear and the Moon is a picture book that follows what happens when the gift of a balloon floats into Bear's life.

The two companions embark on a journey—a magical tale that encompasses the joys of friendship and discovery.

This is a gentle book filled with humor, while tackling complex topics like the transcendence of loss and forgiveness.


You Matter Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534421691
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - June 2nd, 2020

A New York Times bestseller!
Five starred reviews!

Named Best Book of the Year by Barnes & Noble, The New York Times/New York Public Library, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal

They All Saw a Cat meets The Important Book in this sensitive and impactful picture book about seeing the world from different


Here And Now Cover Image
By Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328465641
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Published: Clarion Books - September 3rd, 2019

A stunning celebration of mindfulness, meditation, and enjoying each moment, from the team behind the award-winning Windows. This lush picture book is a fantastic tool for engaging children 3-7 who are schooling from home who are eager to feel connected to their world while managing new anxieties.


Tomorrow I'll Be Brave Cover Image
By Jessica Hische, Jessica Hische (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781524787011
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Published: Penguin Workshop - October 16th, 2018

Journey through the beautifully hand-lettered messages by award-winning illustrator Jessica Hische. This uplifting and positive book - now a New York Times best seller - encourages kids to promise that tomorrow, they will try new things, do their best, and be brave.

Tomorrow I'll be all the things I tried to be today:


A Whale of a Mistake Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781624149276
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Published: Page Street Kids - March 17th, 2020

When you make a mistake—a big mistake, a HUGE mistake—it can weigh you down or even swallow you whole! As one kid finds herself swept away by her whale of a mistake, she takes readers along on a journey of emotions.


Why Do We Cry? Cover Image
By Fran Pintadera, Ana Sender (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781525304774
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Published: Kids Can Press - April 7th, 2020

This sensitive, poetic picture book uses metaphors and beautiful imagery to explain the reasons for our tears, making it clear that everyone is allowed to cry, and that everyone does.

In a soft voice, Mario asks, “Mother, why do we cry?” His mother thinks for a moment, and then begins to tell him about the many reasons for our tears.


What Do You Do with a Problem Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200009
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - July 1st, 2016

From the same author and illustrator as the #1 nationally best-selling What Do You Do With an Idea? comes a new book to encourage you to look closely at problems and discover the possibilities they can hold.


Ruby Finds a Worry (Big Bright Feelings) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547602377
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

The beloved picture book about what to do when a worry won't leave you at alone -- perfect for reassuring young readers in times of stress.


Michael Rosen's Sad Book Cover Image
By Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780763625979
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Published: Candlewick - February 3rd, 2005

With unmitigated honesty, a touch of humor, and sensitive illustrations by Quentin Blake, Michael Rosen explores the experience of sadness in a way that resonates with us all.

Sometimes I'm sad and I don’t know why.
It's just a cloud that comes along and covers me up.