Mental Health Matters: Using Books to Teach Emotional Wellness

I’ve been using books to enhance in class lessons, therapy sessions and even just tackling tough subjects with my own kids. A well-stocked library of books for your classroom or office can help you take what is sometimes complicated and make it easy to understand. Here are a few books to get your library started.

In order for kids to grasp emotional wellness, they have to understand emotion. Emotional intelligence begins with basic skills such as recognizing and naming emotion is the first step to helping kids understand how to manage those emotions. Recognizing and naming emotions is front and center in the book, In My Heart: A Book of Feelings. Tough Guys Have Feelings Too is colorful and unique showing all sorts of “tough guys” showing various emotions.

Kids who need to understand ADHD will get an idea of what it’s like to live with the disorder in the book, I Can’t Sit Still. As a part of the Live and Learn series, the book even describes how adults can help kids with the diagnosis as well.

With so many kids showing signs of Anxiety, there are many books popping up that educate kids on how to describe fears and what to do about intrusive thoughts. Youngsters will enjoy Don’t Feed The Worry Bug, where kids who are a little older might like to read The Fix It Friends: Have No Fear on their own. The chapter book is a part of a series which includes other books on how to handle teasing and even what to do when you have friends who have ADD.

Free Spirit publishing is always a winner in tools your school can use. They approached the topic of Autism by using the idea of a kids birthday party, in Armond Goes To A Party. Older kids may like the chapter book, A Whole New Ballgame: A Rip and Red Story, which includes the story of a boy, with Autism and his friend who both share a passion for sports.

I was really impressed with Can I Catch It Like A Cold, which is one of the few books I’ve found explaining depression to kids.

Do you have books you love in your library? Sound off in the comments and share the wealth.