These books normalize what kids are dealing with; anxiety, divorce, panic, ocd, stomachaches, school, friendships, and nightmares, through interesting stories and characters, for tween and young teen readers. A welcome break from head-on discussions about mental health, these titles are relatable and entertaining stories that can help a child open to and norm reference their own experiences.
A true story from New York Times bestselling author Raina Telgemeier, about a young girl experiencing tummy troubles, related to fears and anxiety about school and friends. Some parents say they bought the book for their child having stomach aches they think might be anxiety induced. Great for readers 8-12.
Some Kind of Happiness
A reality-fantasy mix about a girl who must save a magical make-believe world in order to save herself. Directly and poignantly addressing how children work through divorce, depression and anxiety. For readers 8-12
Best mystery, best book awards winner, by New York Times best selling author Wesley Kings. A 13 year old boy‘s life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder – until he gets a mysterious note that changes everything. Parents have rated appropriate for readers 10+, mention of suicide.
Award winning graphic novel about the struggle to find good, reliable friends throughout elementary school. Great comfort for kids going through loneliness, learning to navigate the frenemy landscape and finding self confidence. For readers 8+
A girl suffering panic attacks after her family moves to a new town finds purpose when she’s lent a special telescope that allows her to witness a star falling to Earth in child form. Touches universal themes of self-discovery and friendship. For readers 8-12.
Bonus – Children’s Bedtime Book, The Dream Director
This bedtime story is written by a psychologist who has been using dream directing to help children who are having nightmares. Read how Arlo discovers that he can stop his dreams from being scary by becoming the Dream Director! Author Krysten Taprell is a contributor to The Child Therapy List and we received an advanced copy for review. Great for children under 8.