10 October is Mental Health Day, a day for everyone to discuss any personal issues they have and raise awareness of this issue. You’re never too young to start learning about the importance of mental health and we have reassuring books that will help you open up the conversation with your children.
This story, for children aged 5 and over, is written by an experienced agony aunt and follows a normally happy girl as she ends up being followed around by a huge, blue bag representing all her worries. It has a sensitive and reassuring tone that shows young children sometimes it’s OK to have concerns and that talking about feelings can help.
Written specially for children aged 11 and over, this Usborne book will guide readers through important issues including divorce, depression and dealing with death. It has tips for keeping stress away and also covers emotions, sexuality and eating disorders.
Praised by Dermot O’Leary, this award-winning bestseller encourages children aged 9 plus to challenge the beliefs that hold them back. Its motivational tips and advice will help introverts build their confidence and it uses case studies of figures like Mozart and Serena Williams to show how far you can get in life with hard work and dedication.
This beautiful picture book uses colour to capture the different emotions that children aged 5 and over will begin to experience as they grow up. Each spread is dominated by a colour that relates to a feeling and shows how people can experience a whole range of emotions at different times.
This empowering book focuses on mindfulness and self-care for both children and their parents. It focuses on the benefits of clear communication and includes a selection of easy first yoga poses to help children find more mindfulness and think more positively.
This collection introduces the superhero squad known as the Agents of F.E.E.L.S. Each character represents a different feeling including sadness, happiness and jealousy and the exciting comic book storylines are complemented by facts and advice for coping with each emotion.
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Best mental health books for kids
- The Huge Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers
- Looking After Your Mental Health by Alice James
- You Are Awesome by Matthew Syed
- Feelings by Richard Jones and Libby Walden
- Stand Tall Like a Mountain by Suzy Reading
- A Kid's Guide to Feelings Collection