Mental Health & Wellness

These are some new titles that address mental health and well being. From picture books to Young adult fiction, I hope these books will provide some awareness about the struggles faced by many kids and teens every day. A good book can provide insight and positive ways to help kids cope with their feelings. Here are some new favourites.

Book cover of I'M WORRIED
I'M WORRIED
By: michael black | Published: June 2019

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath ...

A girl, a flamingo, and a worried potato star in the third book in New York Times bestselling author Michael Ian Black and illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s series about feelings—and why they’re good, even when they feel bad. Potato is worried. About everything. Because anything might happen. When he tells his friends, he expects them to comfort him by saying that everything will be okay. Except they don’t. Because it might not be, and that’s okay too. Still, there’s one thing they can promise for sure: no matter what happens…they will always be by his side.

Theme: Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9781534415867
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of PAULA KNOWS WHAT TO DO
PAULA KNOWS WHAT TO DO
By: sanne dufft | Published: March 2019

A hopeful journey into the heart of a child as she heals her father’s sadness at the loss of her mother One Saturday morning, Daddy won’t...

A hopeful journey into the heart of a child as she heals her father’s sadness at the loss of her mother One Saturday morning, Daddy won’t get out of bed. He misses Paula’s mom. Paula misses her too, but she realizes that Mommy wouldn’t want them to be sad forever. Paula knows just what to do. Taking out paper and paints, Paula creates a world of rolling seas, blue skies, and—best of all—a boat that she and Dad can sail together. And when the wind blows up a storm, Paula knows just what she and Daddy can do about that too. In this sweet and poignant story about memory and overcoming grief, Sanne Dufft, the author/illustrator of The Night Lion, shows how a child’s imagination can find a moment of joy and a safe place to land after a loved one is gone.

Theme: Death & Grief, Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9781772780680
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of HAPPY - A BEGINNER'S BOOK OF MINDFULNESS
HAPPY - A BEGINNER'S BOOK OF MINDFULNESS
By: nicola edwards | Published: April 2020

This poetically-written introduction to mindfulness touches upon the most important aspects of life--feeling, discovering, smelling, listening, and al...

This poetically-written introduction to mindfulness touches upon the most important aspects of life--feeling, discovering, smelling, listening, and all the things that bring the world to life. With every soothing read and practice, children are better equipped to understand and control their own emotions...and diiscover an appreciation for the beautiful world around them.

Theme: MINDFULNESS, Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9780593121191
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of WHEN SADNESS IS AT YOUR DOOR
WHEN SADNESS IS AT YOUR DOOR
By: eva eland | Published: January 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 sc...

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. In When Sadness Is at Your Door, Eva Eland brilliantly approaches this feeling as if it is a visitor. She gives it a shape and a face, and encourages the reader to give it a name, all of which helps to demystify it and distinguish it from ourselves. She suggests activities to do with it, like sitting quietly, drawing, and going outside for a walk. The beauty of this approach is in the respect the book has for the feeling, and the absence of a narrative that encourages the reader to "get over" it or indicates that it's "bad," both of which are anxiety-producing notions. Simple illustrations that recall the classic style of Crockett Johnson (Harold and the Purple Crayon) invite readers to add their own impressions. Eva Eland's debut picture book is a great primer in mindfulness and emotional literacy, perfect for kids navigating these new feelings--and for adult readers tackling the feelings themselves!

Theme: Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9780525707189
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of TAKING TIME
TAKING TIME
By: jo loringfisher | Published: April 2020

Taking time to listen to a bird's song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free. Taking time to imagine the deep sounds of the...

Taking time to listen to a bird's song on the breeze. Taking time to gather up the blossom dancing free. Taking time to imagine the deep sounds of the sea. Taking time to cherish you . . . and cherish me. This poem is inspired by principles of mindfulness and invites children around the world to experience the wonders of nature and home.

Theme: MINDFULNESS

  • ISBN
    9781911373087
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of BENJAMIN'S BLUE FEET
BENJAMIN'S BLUE FEET
By: sue macartney | Published: June 2020

A young bird with a flair for discovery and invention learns self-acceptance one blue-footed step at a time.

  • ISBN
    9781772781113
  • Format
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of SIMON STEPS INTO THE RING
SIMON STEPS INTO THE RING
By: marylene monette | Published: March 2020

A little boy learns to acknowledge his temper in this illustrated picture book for young readers.

  • ISBN
    9781459821811
  • Format
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of LITTLE SPACE FOR ME
LITTLE SPACE FOR ME
By: jennifer olson | Published: June 2020

Sometimes, when it's too loud, too crowded, too messy, too smelly, or for no reason at all, you might just need a little bit of space to feel like you...

Sometimes, when it's too loud, too crowded, too messy, too smelly, or for no reason at all, you might just need a little bit of space to feel like yourself again. With clever, inventive art and universally relatable themes, A Little Space for Me by Jennifer Gray Olson is a heartwarming picture book about the importance of mindfulness, understanding, and finding a moment of peace within a big, busy world.

Theme: MINDFULNESS

  • ISBN
    9781250206268
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of HIKE
HIKE
By: pete oswald | Published: March 2020

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they wit...

In the cool and quiet early light of morning, a father and child wake up. Today they're going on a hike. Follow the duo into the mountains as they witness the magic of the wilderness, overcome challenges, and play a small role in the survival of the forest. By the time they return home, they feel alive -- and closer than ever -- as they document their hike and take their place in family history. In detail-rich panels and textured panoramas, Pete Oswald perfectly paces this nearly wordless adventure, allowing readers to pause for subtle wonders and marvel at the views.

Theme: Wordless, Diversity

  • ISBN
    9781536201574
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of ALMOND
ALMOND
By: allen say | Published: March 2020

Almond is a breathtaking and evocative story about finding your talent from Caldecott Medalist Allen Say. Everything changes for Almond Biggs when a n...

Almond is a breathtaking and evocative story about finding your talent from Caldecott Medalist Allen Say. Everything changes for Almond Biggs when a new girl comes to school. The New Girl can play "The Flight of the Bumblebee" fast fast fast on her violin. And every day Almond sits and listens. Lost in the music, Almond wonders if she has her own unique gift. One special day, as Almond is watching the crows, circling and twirling in the wind, she realizes that she too can spread her wings and discovers the magic to being happy inside and out. Allen Say's luminous artwork and emotionally powerful story help children discover the wondrous gift of being who they are.

  • ISBN
    9781338300376
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Picture Book
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Book cover of PING
PING
By: ani castillo | Published: September 2019

With the visual ingenuity ofPress Hereand the emotional resonance ofWhat Do You Do with a Problem?, this wise and timely book about the fragile art of...

With the visual ingenuity ofPress Hereand the emotional resonance ofWhat Do You Do with a Problem?, this wise and timely book about the fragile art of personal connection will strike a chord with children and adults alike. In the era of social media, communication feels both more anxiety-producing, and more inescapable, than ever before. This clever, comforting picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection. Using an imaginative visual metaphor to bring to life how we send out (ping!) and receive (pong!) communications, Ani Castillo's words and pictures will empower and inspire anyone who has experienced the fear of sharing themselves with the world. With an artful, accessible package, an eloquent message, and a lot of heart, here is a new classic to bring courage and comfort to humans of all ages.

Theme: Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9780316424646
  • Format
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book - Advanced
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Book cover of WHEN MOLLY DREW DOGS
WHEN MOLLY DREW DOGS
By: deborah kerbel | Published: September 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 throu...

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 Molly draws dogs, she feels better—but not everyone can see the value of her strange habit. Her teacher tells her to focus. A special tutor urges her to concentrate. But Molly can’t erase the dogs, even if she wants to. As her anxiety peaks, Molly runs away. Once she is found, safe and sound, people around Molly realize the protective power of her pack and how the dogs help tame her troubled feelings. Inspired by the Japanese folktale, "The Boy Who Drew Cats," this story celebrates the healing powers of art and imagination while touching on important issues of anxiety, mental health, and ways to cope with emotions.

Theme: Mental Health, Inter-Generational

  • ISBN
    9781771473385
  • Format
    Hardcover Canadian
  • Category
    Picture Book - Advanced
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Book cover of ELEPHANT
ELEPHANT
By: peter carnavas | Published: March 2020

When Olive's dad drags himself to work in the morning, the elephant goes with him. When he comes home again, so does the elephant. It's always there, ...

When Olive's dad drags himself to work in the morning, the elephant goes with him. When he comes home again, so does the elephant. It's always there, heavy and silent, casting a shadow of sadness over him. Olive knows it has been like this since her mother passed away when she was a year old, and she can't stand to see her father burdened anymore. With help from her grandfather and her best friend Arthur, she hatches a plan to rid her family of the elephant once and for all. Before long, she'll learn that while happiness isn't that simple, small things can move mountains--or elephants.

Theme: Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9781772781021
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Junior Fiction
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Book cover of EVENTOWN
EVENTOWN
By: coreyann haydu | Published: April 2020

An Amazon Best Book of the Month * Kirkus Best Books of 2019 * Kids' Indie Next Pick List * "Beautiful, mysterious and deeply satisfying." --Rebecca S...

An Amazon Best Book of the Month * Kirkus Best Books of 2019 * Kids' Indie Next Pick List * "Beautiful, mysterious and deeply satisfying." --Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medal-winning author of When You Reach Me and Goodbye Stranger The world tilted for Elodee this year, and now it's impossible for her to be the same as she was before. Not when her feelings have such a strong grip on her heart. Not when she and her twin sister, Naomi, seem to be drifting apart. So when Elodee's mom gets a new job in Eventown, moving seems like it might just fix everything. Indeed, life in Eventown is comforting and exciting all at once. Their kitchen comes with a box of recipes for Elodee to try. Everyone takes the scenic way to school or work--past rows of rosebushes and unexpected waterfalls. On blueberry-picking field trips, every berry is perfectly ripe. Sure, there are a few odd rules, and the houses all look exactly alike, but it's easy enough to explain--until Elodee realizes that there are only three ice cream flavors in Eventown. Ever. And they play only one song in music class. Everything may be "even" in Eventown, but is there a price to pay for perfection--and pretending? "Engrossing." --New York Times Book Review "Enchanting, heart-rending, and bittersweet." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "An emotionally complex and wonderfully told story." --School Library Journal (starred review) "Thought-provoking." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Theme: Mental Health

  • ISBN
    9780062689818
  • Format
    Paperback
  • Category
    Junior Fiction
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Book cover of HURRICANE SEASON
HURRICANE SEASON
By: nicole melleby | Published: May 2019

For Fig’s dad, hurricane season brings the music. For Fig, hurricane season brings the possibility of disaster.   Fig, a sixth grader, lov...

For Fig’s dad, hurricane season brings the music. For Fig, hurricane season brings the possibility of disaster.   Fig, a sixth grader, loves her dad and the home they share in a beachside town. She does not love the long months of hurricane season. Her father, a once-renowned piano player, sometimes goes looking for the music in the middle of a storm. Hurricane months bring unpredictable good and bad days. More than anything, Fig wants to see the world through her father’s eyes, so she takes an art class to experience life as an artist does. Then Fig’s dad shows up at school, confused and looking for her. Not only does the class not bring Fig closer to understanding him, it brings social services to their door.   As the walls start to fall around her, Fig is sure it’s up to her alone to solve her father’s problems and protect her family’s privacy. But with the help of her best friend, a cute girl at the library, and a surprisingly kind new neighbor, Fig learns she isn’t as alone as she once thought . . . and begins to compose her own definition of family.   Nicole Melleby’s Hurricane Season is a radiant and tender novel about taking risks and facing danger, about friendship and art, and about growing up and coming out. And more than anything else, it is a story about love—both its limits and its incredible healing power.

Theme: Mental Health, LGBTQ2S+

  • ISBN
    9781616209063
  • Format
    Hardcover
  • Category
    Junior Fiction
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