From normalising fears and boosting resilience and self-esteem, to helping young people understand issues such as depression or grief, literature can be a fantastic way to kickstart positive conversations about mental health with children.

Upside Down Books, imprint of mental health publisher Trigger Publishing has put together this booklist to highlight some exciting new children’s books that promote positivity, emotional intelligence, and wellness for children.

Superheroes Don’t Get Scared

Author: Kate Thompson
Illustrator: Clare Elsom
Interest Level: 4- 7

Tomorrow I’ll be Kind

Author: Jessica Hische
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Interest Level: 2-5

Arthur Wants a Balloon

Author: Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia
Illustrator: Erika Meza
Interest Level: 2- 5

Nope Never, Not for Me:

Author: Samantha Cotterill
Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Interest Level: 2- 4

My Feelings Journal

Author: N/A
Illustrator: N/A
Interest Level: 12+

Breathe Like a Bear
30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focussed Anytime, Anywhere

Author: Kira Willey
Illustrator: Anni Betts
Interest Level: 4 – 8

Tomorrow I’ll be Brave

Author: Jessica Hische
Illustrator: Jessica Hische
Interest Level: 2- 5

This Beach is Loud

Author: Samantha Cotterill
Illustrator: Samantha Cotterill
Interest Level: 2- 4

I Love to Be Bored

Author: Ingrid Chabbert
Illustrator: Sebastien Chebret
Interest Level: 2- 5

Chill Out – My Mindfulness Activity Book

Author: NA
Illustrator: Josephine Dellow
Interest Level: 5- 8

It’ll Be OK – My Feelings Activity Book

Author: NA
Illustrator: Josephine Dellow
Interest Level: 5- 8

Puppy in My Head – A Book about Mindfulness

Author: Elsie Gravel
Illustrator: Elsie Gravel
Interest Level: 2- 5

Article written by The Book Publicist.

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