Helping your child understand mental illness

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Sometimes the best way to broach a difficult topic is with a good book. Here are some  useful, kid-friendly material to help you talk to your child about mental illness. 


Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake
Description: A man tells about all the emotions that accompany his sadness over the death of his son, and how he tries to cope.
Call Number: E Ros
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Wesley King
Description: A thirteen-year-old boy's life revolves around hiding his obsessive compulsive disorder until a girl at school, who is unkindly nicknamed Psycho Sara, notices him for the first time and he gets a mysterious note that changes everything.
Call Number: J FIC Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Mar 2, 2017
DeWitt Hamilton, Gail Owens
Description: Amanda Martha tries to understand her mother's depression, which sometimes makes her sleep all day, feel sad, or cry.
Call Number: E Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Mélanie Watt
Description: Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he's afraid of the unknown "out there." But then, something unexpected happens that may just change his outlook.
Call Number: E Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Bebe Moore Campbell, Earl B. Lewis
Description: A little girl copes with her mother's mental illness, with the help of her grandmother and friends.
Call Number: E Cam
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
John Boyne, Oliver Jeffers
Description: Four years after Alfie Summerfield's father left London to become a soldier in World War I he has not returned but Alfie, now nine, is shining shoes at King's Cross Station when he happens to learn that his father is at a nearby hospital being treated for shell shock.
Call Number: J FIC Boy
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 4, 2017
Cecilia Galante
Description: Wren Baker is an anxious twelve-year-old, so when her mother goes into a hospital for depression, and she and her younger brother, who has Asperger's syndrome, go to live with her aunt and her cousin, Silver, who have just recently moved to Pennsylvania, her stress level soars--especially since Silver is a fearless child who conceives a plan to climb Creeper Mountain and interview "Witch Weatherly" for the class history project.
Call Number: J FIC Gal
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Kyo Maclear, Isabelle Arsenault, Tara Walker
Description: When her sister succumbs to a mood that makes the whole family feel topsy-turvy, Vanessa paints a wonderful imaginary place--a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and a swing--in a story loosely based on the writer Virginia Woolf and her artist sister, Vanessa Bell.
Call Number: E Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Kevin Henkes
Description: A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.
Call Number: E Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Kari Dunn Buron
Description: Presents ways for young children with anxiety to recognize when they are losing control and constructive ways to deal with it.
Call Number: J 618.9285 Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Molly Bang
Description: A young girl is upset and doesn't know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.
Call Number: E Ban
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla
Description: Wilma Jean worries about everything. She worries about missing the bus, doing a math problem wrong, having friends to play with, and getting carrots in her school lunch. Wilma Jean's teacher helps her figure out what worries she can control and those that she can't and what to do about both types of worries.
Call Number: E Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
Jeron Ashford Frame, R. Gregory Christie
Description: A young boy ponders a variety of emotions and how different members of his family experience them, from his own blues to his father's grays and his grandmother's yellows.
Call Number: E Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Sep 28, 2017
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Michael Rosen's Sad Book
Michael Rosen, Quentin Blake
E Ros
Virginia Wolf
Kyo Maclear, Isabelle Arsenault, Tara Walker
E Mac
OCDaniel
Wesley King
J FIC Kin
Wemberly Worried
Kevin Henkes
E Hen
Sad Days, Glad Days : A Story About Depression
DeWitt Hamilton, Gail Owens
E Ham
When My Worries Get Too Big! : A Relaxation Book For Children Who Live With Anxiety
Kari Dunn Buron
J 618.9285 Bur
Scaredy Squirrel
Mélanie Watt
E Wat
When Sophie Gets Angry--really, Really Angry...
Molly Bang
E Ban
Sometimes My Mommy Gets Angry
Bebe Moore Campbell, Earl B. Lewis
E Cam
Wilma Jean The Worry Machine
Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla
E Coo
Stay Where You Are & Then Leave
John Boyne, Oliver Jeffers
J FIC Boy
Yesterday I Had The Blues
Jeron Ashford Frame, R. Gregory Christie
E Fra
The World From Up Here
Cecilia Galante
J FIC Gal