The best children's books are a great way to bond with your child, but they’re also brilliant for teaching them about themselves, important topics and the world around them. We all know how important it is to take care of our mental health and, as an adult, we are better equipped to deal with emotions like stress and anxiety. But, for a child, it can be very difficult to navigate and manage these feelings.
This is why we’ve rounded up the best wellbeing books for kids, because it can be a useful tool in helping your child understand their feelings and provide them with an opportunity to talk through their emotions, while giving them the confidence to tackle situations as they arise.
If your child prefers to get a little more 'stuck into things', then we've also rounded up the best mindfulness colouring books, so that they can express their feelings through creativity.
The best wellbeing books for kids
1. The Worrysaurus Board Book
Best for children who worry
This colourful board book is perfect for any child who suffers from worrying. It tells the tale of
Best for teaching self acceptance
This is a vibrant book full of colour, personality and character. Millie Doesn't Mind tells the
Best for teaching your child that you are proud of them
This is a beautiful book packed with colourful and bright pictures. The book has diverse and
4. I Am Human: A Book of Empathy
Best for teaching empathy
I Am Human teaches your child that it’s ok to make mistakes. It's a bright and brilliant book
Best story for dealing with emotions
This story is a great way to teach your child about their big emotions and is written in an
Best story of kindness
A fantastic book for teaching children how to show kindness, not only to others, but to
7. Hair Love
Best self-esteem book
We love this book — it's a beautiful story of identity, culture and acceptance. As well as
Best mindfulness exercises
This book is full of mindfulness practices that you can do with your child at home. It includes a
9. The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse
Best for teaching about friendship and love
Charlie Mackesy's beautiful ink sketches and writing tell the tale of four unlikely friends — a
Best feelings activity book
This new activity book is available to pre-order and provides a great opportunity to sit down with
11. It's OK to Cry
Best book for boys
While we all need to know that crying isn't a sign of weakness and is perfectly normal, this
How to teach your child child about emotions
As a parent, you are responsible for your child’s wellbeing. That can feel like a lot of pressure. No one wants to deal with a toddler meltdown. Managing your toddlers emotions can be difficult. But parents need to instil positive wellbeing in children from an early age. So that they can grow confidently and feel secure. Here are our top tips for talking to children about emotions:
• Have open and honest conversations: Try to get your child to describe how they are feeling and listen to their answers without anger or judgement.
• Share appropriate stories of your own experiences: Help them understand by giving examples of a time you felt this way.
• Teach your child the different types of emotions by name: This is so that they are easier to recognise next time they pop up.
• Reassure your child that it’s okay to feel this way: Hug them and tell them they are loved. There's nothing worse than feeling alone or that your emotions are 'not normal', but a hug and a few words of reassurance to your child will give them a sense of relief and reassure them you are there for them.