Mental Health for Littles

These books feature stories and information about emotions, feelings, and mindfulness just right for little listeners.

Updated May 11, 2024
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Calm monsters, kind monsters : a Sesame Street guide to mindfulness
Kenney, Karen Latchana
Breathing, positive self talk, and calming down--mindfulness includes all this and more. Sesame Street characters present big emotions readers have likely faced alongside simple solutions like belly breathing to help kids cope with what they're feeling.
Mindful Mr. Sloth
Hudson, Katy
Sasha has one speed--fast. She loves to do lots of things, all at once, as fast as possible. Mr. Sloth has one speed--slow. He loves to do things one at a time, at a nice, easy pace. Can Mr. Sloth's mindful ways teach Sasha to slow down and enjoy life? Best-selling author Katy Hudson gently weaves a...
Hurry up! : a book about slowing down
Dopirak, Kate
A busy boy and his dog learn to slow down and enjoy life together in this lyrical, rhyming picture book perfect for hurried families everywhere. For one busy boy, life is all hurry up, hurry down, hurry round and round and round! That is until he takes a big breath...and a big...
Sometimes, all I need is me
Perdomo, Juliana
Gentle themes of resiliency, mindfulness, and self-care are brought home in this sweet and soulful picture book with charmingly graphic illustrations and a poetic text. I love listening to music, especially samba! It feels like my heart follows the beat. ...
What to do when you feel like hitting : a no hitting book for toddlers
Goodwin, Cara
Teach toddlers safe ways to express big feelings Toddlers are still learning how to speak, socialize, and understand their emotions. It's common for them to react with their hands when they get frustrated--but hitting is never okay. What to Do When You Feel Like Hitting...
In my heart : a book of feelings
Witek, Jo
Celebrate feelings in all their shapes and sizes with In My Heart: A Book of Feelings, a New York Times bestselling full-color, interactive picture book from author Jo Witek and illustrator Christine Roussey   "A must-have for any...
Loving kindness
Underwood, Deborah
You are a blessing. / You are beautiful just as you are. / You are loved, / and you love. / You make mistakes, / and it's okay to make mistakes, / because that's how you learn. Lyrical and poignant, Loving Kindness encourages us to be tender with ourselves and others,...
Bee heartful : spread loving-kindness
Sileo, Frank J.
Mom's Choice Award Winner! Collect all of the books featuring beloved Bentley the Bee, Bee Calm: The Buzz on Yoga, Bee Still: An Invitation to Meditation, and Bee Heartful: Spread Loving Kindness. All are great reads alongside books such as Breathe...
Loving kindness = Bondad amorosa
Stewart, Whitney
"A wonderful way to help young children learn to be calm and content with themselves" - Youth Services Book Review Help toddlers learn to "wish happiness, kindness and calm for everyone" -- including themselves! This sturdy yet stylish board book is designed to enable...
Way past worried
Adelman, Hallee
Sometimes being worried can keep you from having fun. Brock is worried. Way past worried, with his heart thumping and his mind racing. Today is his friend Juan's superhero party and he's going all by himself. What if nobody plays with him? What if everyone...
The magic hug
Kuo, Fifi
There's nothing like a hug to make your anger go away. It's MAGIC! What happens when a little dragon gets angry? She FLAMES red-hot . . . and things get burnt. Then she feels sad and lonely. Through this adorable character, Magic Hug explores the...
I Feel! : A Book of Emotions
Medina, Juana/ Medina, Juana (ILT)
Pura Belpré Award-winning author-illustrator Juana Medina helps young readers to identify how they feel with bold, colorful illustrations and simple text in this paper-over-board picture book, the third book in the I WILL! series. Do you feel happy Sad Calm Shy Brave Proud<...
Ravi's roar
Percival, Tom
From the creator of Ruby Finds a Worry, a clever take on temper tantrums in a story about controlling big angry feelings. Ravi never minded being the smallest in his family. Until one day, his short arms can't reach the monkey bars, he can't find anyone during hide-and...
The color monster : a story about emotions
Llenas, Anna
Unpack feelings with color in this international bestseller that helps young readers identify emotions and feel more in control.   One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad,...
Ruby finds a Worry
Percival, Tom
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. Meet Ruby -- a happy, curious, imaginative young girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a Worry. It's not such a big Worry,...
Way past jealous
Adelman, Hallee
The Best Children's Books of the Year 2022, Bank Street College STARRED REVIEW! "This frank portrait of childhood jealousy is both a compelling story and a perfect teaching tool. The protagonist's journey is authentic and accessible, making it a great way to...
Way Past Lonely
Adelman, Hallee.
Macy is way past lonely. What will she do? It's a weekend. Two whole days. Dez is away, Keya and Hooper can't play. Her mom is busy and her brother Luke doesn't need her help. Even Princess Paws rushes away. What will Macy do?
Way past sad
Adelman, Hallee
Sometimes, being sad can make you feel all alone, even when you're not. James is sad. Way past sad. His best friend, Sanj, is moving away. James feels all alone, and even hugs from Mom don't take away all his sad. But it helps to talk about it. Nothing can...
Way Past Afraid
Adelman, Hallee.
Van is already way past scared of the storm outside. Then the power goes out! Abbi and Van are having a sleepover at Grammy and Pop's. Should be fun! But there's a storm, with loud thunder and bursts of lightning. The lights go out. Van is way past afraid....
Big feelings
Penfold, Alexandra
The newest picture book from the creators of All Are Welcome to help children navigate BIG FEELINGS! In their bestselling picture book All Are Welcome, Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman celebrate kindness, inclusivity, and diversity. Now with Big Feelings...
I feel...
Corchin, D. J.
I Feel... is a simple, silly book that offers a great way for kids to talk about different emotions and discover it's alright to feel them all! Author DJ Corchin addresses a myriad of feelings in a way that is both supportive and uplifting. Sometimes I feel happy. Sometimes I feel sad....
Tough guys (have feelings too)
Negley, Keith
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-...
The monster parade : a book about feeling all your feelings and then watching them go
O'Leary, Wendy
An engaging story that helps children work with difficult emotions by imagining them as playful monsters in a parade(ages 3-7). Watch as the anger monsterpassesand the sadness monster disappears--it's all part of theparadeof feelingswe experience every day. Instead of holding on...
Daniel's little songs for big feelings
Nakamura, May
A new generation of children love Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, inspired by the classic series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood! This beautiful treasury of more than fifty Daniel Tiger song lyrics will help little ones sing their way through everyday experiences--the...
Ira Crumb feels the feelings
Hrab, Naseem
Ira and Malcolm are best friends: they always make each other laugh, always eat lunch together, and always play together. But one day, a disagreement about whether to play tag or hide-and-seek sees the suddenly über-popular Malcolm run off with a crowd of tag-loving kids--and Ira all alone. ...
I feel... different
Corchin, D. J.
I Feel...Different helps kids understand that sometimes we feel different than everyone else, and that's okay! Everyone is different in their own special way, but sometimes that can make us feel odd or left out. It's important to remember that our differences are what make us who we are, and that's...
My heart is like a zoo
Hall, Michael
Michael Hall makes his picture book debut with this bold and playful book for the very youngest. A lion, a coyote, a heron, a fox, a herd of happy hippos--twenty different animals, all formed ingeniously from heart shapes of different colors and sizes--illustrate the many feelings a...
Grumpy tortoise
Buxton, Michael
Grumpy Tortoise woke up grumpy. But friends have a way of making things better. This stylish board book series features hilarious inspirational tales for toddlers focusing on everyday emotions.
Cautious Chameleon
Buxton, Michael
Cautious Chameleon didn't want to stand out. But being the same doesn't always feel right. This stylish board book series features hilarious inspirational tales for toddlers focusing on everyday emotions.
Steady Sloth
Buxton, Michael
Steady Sloth's friends think lots of things are too hard. But good things come from taking it slow and steady. This stylish board book series features hilarious inspirational tales for toddlers focusing on everyday emotions.
Scaredy Cat
Buxton, Michael
Everyone scares Scaredy Cat! But things aren't always what they seem. This stylish board book series features hilarious inspirational tales for toddlers focusing on everyday emotions.
Tilda tries again
Percival, Tom
From the creator of Ruby Finds a Worry, the perfect picture book for helping children embrace change. Tilda doesn't like change. Why would she, when her life is great just the way it is? But one day, Tilda's world turns completely UPSIDE DOWN. All of a sudden,...
Puppy in my head : a book about mindfulness
Gravel, Elise
Kids experience anxiety and can feel overwhelmed just like adults do, and this picture book serves as both a story and a step-by-step guide to help calm kids down. Ollie is the puppy living inside of our narrator's head, and when Ollie panics or is too energetic, the narrator feels that way,...
The revolutionary spirit in France and America
Fačy, Bernard
From the creator of Ruby Finds a Worry, a story about what to do when jealousy comes between friends. Milo loves spending time with his best friend, Jay. But when a new girl named Suzi moves in next door, Milo starts to feel left out. The jealous feeling gets stronger...
This makes me jealous
Carbone, Courtney
The Dealing with Feelings series returns to help kids battle the green-eyed monster--jealousy!  In This Makes Me Jealous, a young girl is proud of being the star athlete at her school. But when a new kid moves to town and she suddenly has to share the spotlight,...
This makes me happy : dealing with feelings
Carbone, Courtney
This Makes Me Happy follows a young girl on a field trip to the fair, complete with a roller coaster, pie-eating contest, and petting zoo! But when her pesky nut allergy keeps her from having a treat with her class, the girl learns that even the happiest of days can have unhappy moments. By...
This makes me scared
Carbone, Courtney
Kids will learn it's okay to be scared--and how to confront their fears--in this installment of the Dealing with Feelings series. Paperback edition includes stickers! In This Makes Me Scared, a young boy is terrified about taking swim lessons. The water is cold, chlorine...
This makes me jealous
Carbone, Courtney
The Dealing with Feelings series returns to help kids battle the green-eyed monster-jealousy! In This Makes Me Jealous, a young girl is proud of being the star athlete at her school. But when a new kid moves to town and she suddenly has to share the spotlight, jealousy...

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