Books to help boost children's mental health

By The Bookshop on the Green

By The Bookshop on the Green

This week is Child Mental Health Awareness Week - and it couldn't come at a better time for many children whose year has been so disrupted by coronavirus.  If you know of a young person who is struggling with their feelings just now, here are some books which might help...

What's Going On Inside My Head?: Starting conversations with your child about positive mental health

Molly Potter and Sarah Jennings


Mindfulness and good coping strategies for older children developing their emotional intelligence and a positive self-image.

The Great Big Book of Feelings

Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith

£9.99 £9.49

Michael Rosen's Sad Book

Michael Rosen and Quentin Blake

£7.99 £7.59

Feelings and Emotions: Feeling Angry

Katie Douglass


A useful book for children on how to stay calm in stressful situations - plus notes for parents.

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet: Book 1

Zanib Mian and Nasaya Mafaridik

£6.99 £6.64

About being different, managing friendships and dealing with bullies.

Comet in Moominland

Tove Jansson

£7.99 £7.59

A calamity is heading for Moominland - and there's nothing Moomin and his friends can do about it...but there's no crash and their fears are misplaced. A great story to allay children's fears.

The Pond

Nicola Davies

£7.99 £7.59

The Colour Monster

Anna Llenas

£6.99 £6.64

Running on the Cracks

Julia Donaldson


Hopewell High: All Too Much

Jo Cotterill


Scarlet Ibis

Gill Lewis

£6.99 £6.64

Am I Normal Yet?

Holly Bourne

£7.99 £7.59

My Monster and Me

Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

£6.99 £6.64


R J Palacio

£7.99 £7.59

This book about a boy who looks different was made into a lovely warm-hearted film with Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson - but the book is better (aren't they always).

The Goldfish Boy


£6.99 £6.64

How Are You Feeling Today? Activity and Sticker Book

Molly Potter and Sarah Jennings

£5.99 £5.69

Ruby's Worry: A Big Bright Feelings Book

Tom Percival

£6.99 £6.64

Tom Percival's picture books are wonderful for young children exploring their feelings.

Questions and Feelings About: Worries

Paul Christelis and Ximena Jeria


A book helping children recognise and name their worries.

Worry Angels

Sita Brahmachari and Jane Ray

£6.99 £6.64

Dealing with worries - your own and other people's. Particularly suitable for reluctant readers.

If All the World Were...

Joseph Coelho and Ms. Allison Colpoys

£7.99 £7.59

The Boy Who Built a Wall Around Himself

Alison Redford and Kara Simpson


A book to help young children explore their feelings - which also shows how we build walls to protect ourselves after traumatic experiences.

Can You See Me?

Libby Scott and Rebecca Westcott

£7.99 £7.59

The Consolation of Nature: Spring in the Time of Coronavirus

Peter Marren, Michael McCarthy, et al.

£14.99 £14.24

The Mystery of the Colour Thief

Ewa Jozefkowicz

£6.99 £6.64

Optimists Die First

Susin Nielsen

£7.99 £7.59

Lost and Found

Oliver Jeffers

£6.99 £6.64

A Bit Lost

Chris Haughton

£7.99 £7.59

Emotions Blob Cards

Pip Wilson and Ian Long

£34.79 £33.05

The Happiness Revolution: A Manifesto for Living Your Best Life

Andy Cope and Paul McGee

£11.99 £11.39

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