Looking after our little ones' mental health is what we all should strive towards each day, whether that's by going for a long walk together, taking deep breaths, or encouraging them to do something they enjoy, like reading a great book. Children's Mental Health Week (5th to 11th February 2024) is the perfect time to reflect on how we are feeling and support people around us, including our children. This year's theme is My Voice Matters and is all about 'empowering children and young people by providing them with the tools they need to express themselves'.
Building the confidence in children to voice their thoughts, take space and know that their thoughts and feelings matter is what we as parents all strive towards. Children's books are a fantastic way to help children feel seen, develop empathy and learn about so many different experiences of the world. Plus, books help to spark conversations about mental health in general.
We use many at home, from poignant picture books through to practical activity books. These books all have helped us to explore feelings with our little ones, as well as to give them the tools to express how they feel confidently and without fear or embarrassment. In the below selection, you'll find a variety of books, from picture books, to early readers and even longer fiction for older readers.
Explore mental health with the touching, relatable and eye-opening reads below...