5 brilliant books to help children talk about their feelings

Book Adventurers | Published: 12th October 2021

On the back of World Mental Health Day it's useful to remember that the power of stories is infinite.

On the back of World Mental Health Day it’s useful to remember that the power of stories is infinite. And that’s never more true than when it comes to making sense of the often confusing world around us. We’ve rounded up a few of our favourite books to help you give your child some helpful opportunities to talk about how they are feeling.


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Tilda Tries Again

Author: Tom Percival
Age suitability: 4-7 years

A great book about coping with difficult things, along with Ruby’s Worry, this is another excellent title from Tom Percival’s Big Bright Feelings series which are designed to open conversations to support your child’s mental health and help them make sense of their feelings.

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The Feelings Book

Author: Todd Parr
Age suitability: 0+ years

Todd Parr is a favourite at Book Adventurers, and we think his signature bold illustrations are great for engaging little ones and helping them to understand challenging themes.

When little ones are cooped up at home they may be feeling all sorts of different emotions, and this accessible book can help them tell you what they need.

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The Worrysaurus

Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Chris Chatterton
Age suitability: 1-5 years

For all little worriers,  from the author of The Lion Inside, follows a Worrysaurus who can’t enjoy a sunny picnic without thinking of all the things that could go wrong! With the help of some reassuring words from his Mummysaurus, he starts to learn to let go of his worries and enjoy the moment.

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Pass It on

Author: Sophie Henn
Age suitability: 2-5 years

This joyful book celebrates finding little moments of happiness in your day and sharing those with others. The illustrations are a riot of colour and help to remind us all to appreciate the little things in life that we get to experience every day.

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Don't Worry Little Crab

Author: Chris Haughton
Age suitability: 2-5 years

Little Crab is going for his first swim in the ocean, but when he gets there he suddenly realises he is a little frightened! With the help of Big Crab, he works up the courage to face his fears and try something new. For any little ones who may be worried about returning to the outside world after being indoors, this is a great story to remind them that there will always be a grown-up to help them feel brave.

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