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Five children's books that teach valuable lessons about feelings and mental health

By ITS Education Asia

Here is a very good selection of books recommended by The Schools News Service.  “We like to reassure children and tell them everything is fine. Although this is a quick fix, it doesn’t help the child understand their emotions and process their feelings. With this in mind, there has been a powerful movement aimed at discussing and conquering mental health issues through children’s books.”  The books recommended are:

  • Don’t Feed the WorryBug, written and illustrated by Andi Green - This picture book, brought to us by Andi Green, talks about all types of worries and how easily they can grow into anxiety. The story follows Wince, a little monster who’s worries keep amounting.
  • Chrysanthemum, written and illustrated by Kevin Henkes - A story to teach children about bullying and belonging, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes tells us that it’s ok to stand out and be different.
  • Feelings: My Many Colored Days, written by Dr Seuss, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher - My Many Colored Days, is an abstract picture book that has a very different look to the more famous Dr Seuss stories.
  • When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, written and illustrated by Laurie Krasny Brown and Marc Brown - When Dinosaurs Die: A Guide to Understanding Death, does an impressive job of addressing this heart-wrenching topic.
  • The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie - Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in 2017, Duncan Beedie’s picture book educates children about social anxiety and feeling too shy to interact with others.


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