Children’s Books with Mental Health Themes

The past few years have demonstrated our need for a better understanding and taking care of mental health. Thankfully, there are many children’s books that focus on this topic in a compassionate and approachable way, making this big concept topic accessible for people of all ages. Here are some of my favorites!

You can view this as a list on my Bookshop.org shop, or click the title link to purchase via Amazon. Disclosure: I am an affiliate of Bookshop.org and Amazon. I will earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you click through and make a purchase.

The Boy with Big, Big, Feelings by Britney Winn Lee. Sometimes we feel things more deeply than others, and that’s okay. This beautiful picture book follows one such boy as he confronts his big feelings. Picture book, all ages.

Anybody Here Seen Frenchie? by Leslie Connor features neurodiversity and autism. You can read my full review here. Middle grade, ages 8+

Aster’s Good, Right Things by Kate Gordon shows how kids of all ages can have struggles with mental health, and it doesn’t make them any less worthy of love, family, or hope. You can view my full review here. Middle grade, ages 8+

Xavier in the Meantime by Kate Gordon is the sequel to Aster’s Good, Right Things and follows Aster’s friend Xavier as he struggles with mental health. You can view my full review here. Middle grade, ages 8+ [Though this released February 1, 2022, it is not yet available on Bookshop.org or Amazon. I’ll update this post if I can ever find a link to purchase it!]

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green includes an accurate depiction of OCD and anxiety in a riveting plot. YA, ages 13+

Finding Audrey showcases mental health in teens. YA, ages 13+

The Reckless Kind by Carly Heath shows depression and disabilities realistically and focuses on the importance of building community. You can view the full review here. YA, 13+

What are your favorite KidLit books that focus on mental health?

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