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Picture Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month! Here’s a list of some picture books that show characters working through and overcoming obstacles while struggling with mental health.

When a friend is in need, anxious pup Charlie has to break routine to help. Will this help him to discover changes can be good, or will something bad happen as Charlie fears? Read to find out what happens.

Bob, an anxious baby bird, fears that he will never learn to fly. His friend Crow decides to help him by teaching Bob about mindfulness. See if Bob learns to fly thanks to Crow’s lesson, when you check out this adorable book.

A beautiful story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. How can he escape his worries? From the winner of The Great British Baking Show and star of Nadiya’s Time to Eat comes a story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety.

Ani’s struggling with understanding his feelings of sadness while his mom is away seeking medical treatment. This touching story will help children explore their sadness, while showing that there’s light even in what can seem like dark times. Read to find out Ani’s moment of light after a time of sadness.

A gentle rhyming picture book that can help children, ages 3 to 6, to identify a worry and provides them with helpful tools to reduce and cope with worries.

When a harsh comment from Ramon’s older brother, Leon, causes Ramon to lose confidence in his ability to draw, his sister gives him a new perspective on things. Check out this beautiful story about overcoming self-doubt by looking at things from a new perspective.

A comforting short story that teaches young children about the importance of the emotion sadness and suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it’s our guest.

Illustrations and rhyming text portray children experiencing a range of emotions, including frustration, shyness, jealousy, and pride.

A beautiful book to help discuss mental health, depression, empathy, loss, and hope with young children. Arthur’s father has been down, so Arthur decides to see if he can cheer his father up. “Balloons for Papa” sends the message that even in the worst situations, there is light and love.

A beautiful book on mindfulness, meditation, and enjoying each moment, from the team behind the award-winning “Windows.” This book is a fantastic tool for children that teaches them how to connect to their world, while managing anxieties.