Story Remedies: Books for When You Need a Mental Health Boost

These board and picture books will help people of all ages practice self-compassion and mindfulness, process difficult emotions, and say positive affirmations to foster resilience.

Recommendations from Kara.

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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!


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.


You Are Light Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781536201154
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Published: Candlewick Studio - March 26th, 2019

With a wondrously simple die-cut book, the Caldecott Honor–winning creator of the Journey trilogy brings his talents further into the light.

This is the light that brings the day.


The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

Zoom meets Beautiful Oops! in this memorable picture book debut about the creative process, and the way in which "mistakes" can blossom into inspiration

One eye was bigger than the other.  That was a mistake.
The weird  frog-cat-cow thing? It made an excellent bush.


My Heart Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735227934
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Published: Dial 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.


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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


I Believe I Can Cover Image
By Grace Byers, Keturah A. Bobo (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062667137
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Published: Balzer + Bray - March 3rd, 2020

From the #1 New York Times bestselling creators of I Am Enough comes an empowering follow-up that celebrates every child’s limitless potential.

I Believe I Can is an affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves.


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.


The Power of Yet Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781419740039
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 12th, 2021

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.


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


We Believe in You Cover Image
By Beth Ferry, Molly Idle (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250312006
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 27th, 2020

Animals inspire their little ones to chase their dreams and reach for the stars in this modern classic-in-the-making.

Do you believe that dreams come true?

We believe it.
Absolutely!
Just like we believe in you.


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.


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.


A Little Bit Brave Cover Image
By Nicola Kinnear, Nicola Kinnear (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781338563276
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Published: Orchard Books - April 7th, 2020

Logan is a stay-at-home bunny -- but he's about to discover how brave he really is.

It's time for his first adventure, and he doesn't want to go. But there's an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up the courage to look...

A Little Bit Brave is a funny, reassuring picture book that shows that we're all a lot braver than we think.


You Are a Beautiful Beginning Cover Image
By Nina Laden, Kelsey Garrity-Riley (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250311832
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - August 25th, 2020

It is not the destination, but the journey.


Grumpy Pants Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807530757
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - May 1st, 2016

Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can't shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.


A Stone Sat Still Cover Image
By Brendan Wenzel (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781452173184
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 27th, 2019

The brilliant follow-up to the Caldecott Honor-winning and New York Times bestselling picture book They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel!

A Stone Sat Still tells the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven...even an entire world.


I Am Loved Cover Image
By Nikki Giovanni, Ashley Bryan (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534404922
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - January 9th, 2018

Newbery Award honoree Ashley Bryan has hand-selected a dozen of National Book Award winner Nikki Giovanni’s poems to illustrate with his inimitable flourish.

There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that.


Thanku: Poems of Gratitude Cover Image
By Miranda Paul, Marlena Myles (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781541523630
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Published: Millbrook Press (Tm) - September 3rd, 2019

How do you give thanks?

Gratitude isn't something we need to save up for a special holiday. What are you grateful for right now, today?


Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems Cover Image
By Kate Coombs, Anna Laitinen (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781622039371
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Published: Sounds True - November 1st, 2017

I breathe slowly in,
I breathe slowly out. My breath
is a river of peace.
I am here in the world.
Each moment I can breathe and be.


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

This is a subtle story about an elephant who is feeling sorrowful, and nothing seems to interest him or lift his spirits. Illustrated with a striking contrast between shadow and light, the moody blue elephant appears to live in a different world from his colorful savanna friends.


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.


Crying is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings Cover Image
$17.95
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ISBN: 9780884487234
Published: Tilbury House Publishers - September 15th, 2020

A gentle metaphor for understanding and processing anxiety and sadness.


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.


I Am Human: A Book of Empathy Cover Image
By Susan Verde, Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419731655
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 2nd, 2018

I Am, I Can: 365 affirmations for kids Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781465492449
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Published: DK Children - August 11th, 2020

What Do You Do with a Problem? Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200009
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 1st, 2016

"What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get.


Child of Glass Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781592703036
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Published: Enchanted Lion Books - December 3rd, 2019

To turn the pages of this book is to witness transformation in real time. -The 2019 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books List

A story about difference, exclusion, and ultimately self-acceptance, Child of Glass explores the interplay between inner and outer and the journey we have to go on to become ourselves.