Therapeutic Children’s Book Options:

 

Anxiety:

  • Ages 3-8
  • Helps: describes anxiety and how it can grow, teaches how to take charge of anxiety
  • Ages 4-8
  • Helps: illustrates how worry can impact daily life function and how to change this “little by little”
  • Ages 3-6
  • Helps: identify a worry and where it might come from, as well as provides them with helpful tools to reduce and cope with worries.
  • Ages 6-10
  • Helps: “cognitive behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of anxiety. A resource for educating, motivating and empowering kids to overcome their overgrown worries”
  • “Breathe Like a Bear”
  • Ages 4-10
  • Helps: 30 breathing and mindfulness techniques for managing bodies, breath, and emotions.
  • “Puppy Mind” by Andrew Jordan
  • Ages 4-7
  • Helps: Children identify when they’re getting anxious, out of focus or dysregulated and teaches them skills they can use to center themselves anywhere
  • “Let’s Talk About Needing Attention” by Joy Berry
  • Ages 3-6
  • Helps: Identify when and why children might have disruptive or inappropriate behaviors around getting attention and how they can identify why they want the attention in the specific moment and address better ways of receiving it.
  • “Interrupting Chicken” by David Ezra
  • Ages 4-8
  • Helps: Children understand and regulate their urges to interrupt.

Autism:

  • Ages 6-10
  • Helps: Describes day-to-day experience of high-functioning children with ASD
  • Ages 8-12
  • Helps: Per Child Mind Institute-not a book that is obviously about autism.
  • Ages 13+
  • Helps: Parents of children with ASD and children/teens with ASD. Autoethnography: written by a 13 year-old with ASD talks about life and experience.

Bullying:

  • Ages 6-9
  • Helps: distinguish between teasing and bullying
  • Ages 5-10
  • Helps: distinguish between teasing and bullying and teach strategies for responding to both good-natured teasing and bullying.
  • Ages 8-12
  • Helps: Discusses bullying, relatable story for kids who feel like outsider

Consent/Body Autonomy:

  • Ages 5-10
  • Comic book style book about consent and holding/respecting boundaries

  • Ages 4-8
  • Helps: understand boundaries, uses “red flag” and “green flag” language

Dyslexia:

  • Ages 4-8
  • Helps: explains dyslexia and models how to ask for help
  • Ages 8-12
  • Helps: explains dyslexia, models how to ask for help and captures how can impact self-esteem

Feelings:

  • Ages 3-6
  • Helps: describes each emotion
  • Ages 4-8
  • Book about overcoming fears, how does Humpty Dumpty get back up again?
  • Ages 3-8
  • Book to help explore feelings
  • The Color Monster
  • Ages 3-7
  • Helps Children Identify and describe feelings

https://www.amazon.com/Sense-Self-Workbook-Managemnant-Emotional/dp/1943825033

https://www.amazon.com/Boy-Big-Feelings/dp/150645450X/ref=asc_df_150645450X/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=366338346868&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7450729634920662819&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003022&hvtargid=pla-803132677373&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=78795691400&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=366338346868&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7450729634920662819&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003022&hvtargid=pla-803132677373

https://www.amazon.com/Most-Magnificent-Thing-Ashley-Spires/dp/1554537045/ref=asc_df_1554537045/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312053899840&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7450729634920662819&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003022&hvtargid=pla-334913237948&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=61316180799&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=312053899840&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=7450729634920662819&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003022&hvtargid=pla-334913237948

Friendship:

  • Ages 8+
  • Helps: describe changes in friendship, bullying, childhood anxiety

Grief and Loss:

  • Ages 4-8
  • Helps: explains why people die and how hard it can be to say goodbye
  • Ages 4-8
  • Helps: show change from struggling to recovery and emphasizes using support networks
  • Ages 3-5
  • Helps: describe feelings around loss, does not describe death
  • The Invisible String
  • Ages 3 and up
  • Helps: a child feel connected to a loved one who cannot be with them

Identity:

  • Ages 5-10
  • Helps: describes labeling
  • Ages 4-8
  • Picture book for children about non-binary gender identities
  • Ages 4-8
  • Short, subtle but lovely and sweet picture book about a child who is non-gender conforming
  • Ages 4-8
  • Picture book about diversity and difference

Mindfulness:

  • Helps: explains simple mindfulness techniques

Neglect:

  • Ages 6-12
  • Helps: explain how neglect can feel and describes how social worker and therapist may intervene

     -“You Weren’t With Me” by Chandra Ghosh Ippen

  • Ages 3-12
  • Helps parents and children talk about difficult separations to help them reconnect and how they can find their way back to each other.

OCD:

  • Ages 9-14
  • Helps: describe OCD tendencies and how support could be provided
  • Ages 7-12
  • Helps: describe OCD tendencies and how support could be provided

Puberty/Development:

  • Ages 8-11,
  • Body positive, empowering book for girls that informs about puberty, emotions and relationships

Responsibility:

  • Ages 5-8
  • Helps: accepting responsibility for own behavior

Self-Esteem:

  • Ages 3-7
  • Helps: describe diversity and differences
  • Helps: describe differences, compassion and supporting those with differences

Selective Mutism:

  • Ages 5-8
  • Helps: describes how kids can be verbal at home but not in public

Sensory Processing:

  • Ages 8-12
  • Helps: explain how sensory sensitivities and anxiety can impact daily life function

Tourette’s Syndrome:

  • Ages 8-12
  • Helps: explains tourette’s syndrome and how it can impact self esteem
  • Ages 12+
  • Helps: give insight into living with disability, discusses syndrome and types of treatments

Trauma:

  • Ages 5-9
  • Helps: discusses trauma and the importance of talking about traumatic things

Anger:

  • Anh’s Anger
  • Ages: 4-7
  • Helps: Personifies and identifies feelings of anger and works on calming skills.
  • When Miles Got Mad
  • Ages: 3-8
  • Helps: Similar to above, Identifying and labeling feelings to help move forward in coping skills
  • When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really, Angry…
  • Ages: 3-6
  • Helps: Children identify positive coping mechanisms
  • A Little Spot of Anger
  • Ages: 4-8
  • Helps Children calm down when they feel angry

Divorce:

  • It's Not Your Fault, Koko Bear

  • Ages 3-7
  • Helps: Children identify the emotions and experiences associated with divorce.
  • Helps: Parents advice on ways to explain these emotions to children

Parent with Depression:

  • Why Are You So Sad?
  • Ages 3-8
  • Helps: Children understand their parent’s depression in an age appropriate manner. It reassures that the child is still loved and depression isn’t their fault. It also goes over and explains some of the symptoms that they might be able to see like loss of appetite or sleep.
  • Mommy’s Going to the Hospital
  • Ages 2-5
  • Helps: Children understand why their parent might be away from home and in a hospital for any chronic illness.
  • Worried (Dealing with Feelings…)
  • Ages 5-6
  • Helps: Children who are worried about their parent’s chronic illness or mental health and how to identify and be with those feelings surrounding the situation.

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