Sometimes When I'm Sad
Sometimes When I'm Sad
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Sometimes When I'm Sad

Written by Dr. Deborah Serani & illustrated by Kyra Teis
Published by Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
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A sensitive and supportive story to help young children recognize and cope with sadness. “Now when I get sad, I still cry sometimes. I still hide sometimes. But only for a little while. Because now I know ways to feel better.” Sadness can be an overwhelming emotion, especially for young children. But it’s important to know when sadness can be overcome, and when it’s indicative of a greater problem. Sometimes When I’m Sad is an invaluable self-help resource that helps children identify sadness or depression and offers helpful ways to manage it, such as: Talk about it with a parent or a trusted adult or counselor Draw the sadness with crayons Release tension by squishing clay Run and jump around outside Observe nature The word depression is never used in the gentle, child-focused text, but this simple story offers an entrance point for both adults and children to identify and address childhood depression symptoms early. This timely resource is a wonderfully gentle way to take steps toward banishing the stigma around mental illness. A special section at the back of the book provides support for adults, from an explanation of the difference between sadness and depression to helpful tools to manage the illness. Especially useful for counselors, social workers, teachers, parents, and any other adults caring for children who struggle with dark feelings.

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What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • This is a great resource for opening up a discussion with children struggling with feelings of sadness. As you read it, ask them which activities would help them feel happy again.
  • A child could also benefit from hearing you discuss times when you feel sad and what you do to start to feel better again.


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Book Details

Publication Date
April 28, 2020
Page Count
Reading Age
4 - 8 years

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