4 Kids Books for World Mental Health Day

Little kids can have big emotions. These four books tackle a range of topics, including fear, kindness, confidence, anxiety and depression. We love these books for their approach-ability and engagement…

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How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer. Each of us has an invisible bucket. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it’s empty, we feel awful. Yet most children (and many adults) don’t realize the importance of having a full bucket throughout the day. Felix begins to see how every interaction in a day either fills or empties his bucket. Felix then realizes that everything he says or does to other people fills or empties their buckets as well.

The Dark by Lemony Snicket. Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo. Mostly, though, the dark stays in the basement and doesn't come into Lazslo's room. But one night, it does. This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes. Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon, and night. "Worry, worry, worry," her family said. "Too much worry." And Wemberly worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worrywart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying.

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller. Natalie's mother has been suffering from depression, and Natalie is sure that magic flowers will inspire her mom to love life again. Which means it's time for Natalie's friends to step up and show her that talking about a problem is like taking a plant out of a dark cupboard and giving it light. With their help, Natalie begins an uplifting journey to discover the science of hope, love, and miracles.

Valerie Schimel