Best Children's Books About Feel good

21 Children's Books About Feel good

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Baking Day at Grandma's book
#1
Baking Day at Grandma's
Written by Anika Denise and illustrated by Christopher Denise
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

"Three bouncing little bear siblings, wrapped tight in their winter clothes, can't wait to tromp through the snow for Baking Day at Grandma's! In a rhyming text that begs to be sung, the bears and their grandma pour and mix and stir-with breaks for hot cocoa and dancing-to create the perfect wintry treat. Then they wrap it up in ribbons to show that sweets are even better when they're shared. With a recipe in the back, this is a perfect family feel-good story for the fall, winter, and any holiday spent with grandparents."

Baby Love book
#2
Baby Love
Written by Angela DiTerlizzi and illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This cozy and cuddly picture book celebrates all the most wonderful things about babies and is perfect for reading aloud to little ones. Rosy cheeks. Button nose. Little fingers. Tiny toes. Sweet kiss. Warm hug. Yes, it must be baby love. Anyone who has ever delighted in a baby’s bright smile or darling toes will instantly connect to this adorable picture book with simple text and adorable illustrations. With just the right balance of sweetness and humor, this is a soothing ode to all the wonderful bits and pieces that make up a cuddly, snuggly baby.

The Perfect Hug book
#3
The Perfect Hug
Written by Joanna Walsh and illustrated by Judi Abbot, Joanna Walsh
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

There’s a special hug for everyone in this warm and cozy follow-up to The Biggest Kiss that’s now available as a Classic Board Book! There are hugs for wrigglers, and hugs for gigglers. Hugs that are tickly, and hugs that are prickly… But none is exactly the right hug for me! I’m out to find the perfect kind. This fabulous feel-good picture book is bursting with the cuddliest, snuggliest, most perfect hugs. With darling animals on every page, even the youngest readers won’t be able to resist this new Classic Board Book that’s just the right size for little hands!

The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark book
#4
The Chameleon That Saved Noah's Ark
Written by Yael Molchadsky and illustrated by Orit Bergman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It’s mealtime on the ark! Striking folk-art-style paintings illustrate this charming tale about the purpose of every creature and the harmony of nature. Noah and his family work hard to keep all the animals on the ark happy and well-fed. They find just the right food for every creature—except for the two chameleons. These picky eaters won’t eat anything! Noah is worried! What will tempt these two? It is not until the ark’s food supply is suddenly threatened, that Noah gets a surprising answer—and discovers that even the SMALLEST creatures have a BIG role to play in nature!

Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar book
#5
Calm with the Very Hungry Caterpillar
Written and illustrated by Eric Carle
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

This beautiful little gift book featuring The Very Hungry Caterpillar provides a simple, easy-to-follow journey to relaxation, perfect for children and adults. Just stop and breathe . . . How do you feel? Join The Very Hungry Caterpillar for a soothing story featuring classic art from the World of Eric Carle. With simple coping mechanisms and beautiful illustrations, this book is an excellent reminder to kids and adults alike to take a moment, breathe deep, and smile!

Zack and the Turkey Attack! book
#6
Zack and the Turkey Attack!
Written by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor and illustrated by Vivienne To
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-11

A boy must outsmart a tormenting turkey and solve the mystery surrounding some missing jewelry in this feel-good middle grade novel from the Newbery Award–winning author of the Shiloh series. Zack has a problem. A turkey problem. A TOM turkey to be exact. Every weekend Zack goes to his grandparents’ farm with his father. As soon as he and his dad pull up in the truck, that ol’ Tom turkey’s right there, waiting, ready to peck, peck, peck at Zack’s legs. Now, Zack isn’t usually a scaredy-cat but this is different. The bird is flat out mean, and has clearly got it out for Zack. His best friend Matthew thinks he’s exaggerating, so one weekend Zack brings him along and sure enough the turkey is laying in wait…this time for them both! The boys realize they need something to turn the tables, so they decide to build—in Rube Goldberg style—a giant LOUD contraption to scare the turkey away for good. What the boys don’t count on is the seemingly know-it-all neighbor Josie’s news that there’s a mysterious robber prowling around the neighborhood. Bracelets, necklaces, and coins have gone missing, and the odd thing is that the robber leaves V-shaped footprints…

Joy book
#7
Joy
Written by Corrinne Averiss and illustrated by Isabelle Follath
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Fern’s Nanna has not been herself of late. And when Mom remarks that all the joy seems to have gone out of her life, Fern decides to fetch the joy back. With a net, a box, and a bag to help her, she begins her search for joy. A wonderful and uplifting story that is guaranteed to bring joy to every reader.

Before I Leave book
#8
Before I Leave
Written and illustrated by Jessixa Bagley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

How do you say goodbye to your best friend? When a little hedgehog's family tells her they're moving far away, she and her anteater best friend decide to play one last time, like nothing is changing. And though it's hard, they discover that while some things have to change, the most important things find a way of working out.

Love You More Than Anything book
#9
Love You More Than Anything
Written and illustrated by Doretta Groenendyk
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Colorful picture book about the many kinds of love between people. This book crosses cultures and generations, social change and tradition. It exudes warmth and playfulness, sharing whimsical images and sweet memories. Each colorful page depicts a different couple enjoying their time together: two grandparents, two teenagers, a girl and her granny, a boy and a girl, two men, young girlfriends, a child and parent. Love can happen between anyone of any race, religion or size, anywhere. Love You More Than Anything is a simple, beautiful celebration of love in all its forms.

Meditation Is an Open Sky book
#10
Meditation Is an Open Sky
Written by Whitney Stewart and illustrated by Sally Rippin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They’ll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip book
#11
Professor McQuark and the Oojamaflip
Written by Lou Treleaven and illustrated by Julia Patton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

One day a fantastic idea pops into Professor McQuark’s head to create an ‘Oojamaflip’ but what is one and will it win her first prize at the town science fair? A fast-paced, rhyming tale superbly written by first-time author Lou Treleaven and illustrated by the talented Julia Patton.

Rudie Nudie book
#12
Rudie Nudie
Written and illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

'One, two Rudie Nudie, Rudie Nudie in the bath...' Emma Quay captures all the joy and energy of childhood in this irresistible rhyming tale. With its charming illustrations and lively text, 'Rudie Nudie' is destined to become an instant family favourite.

Scarlett, Starlet book
#13
Scarlett, Starlet
Written and illustrated by Emma Quay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

From award-winning author Emma Quay comes a gorgeous new picture book for every little girl who loves to dance. Scarlett loved to dance, and her house was always filled with rhythm. Her parents would clap along, and Little Jazzy Jo-Jo's paws would tap-tap-tap in time. But when Scarlett's dreams of dancing on a real stage finally come true, will she find her own rhythm? Will she shine like a star? From the bestselling creator of RUDIE NUDIE comes a gorgeous new picture book for every child who dreams of the stage.

Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems book
#14
Breathe and Be: A Book of Mindfulness Poems
Written by Kate Coombs and illustrated by Anna Emilia Laitinen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Hear thunder crash, feel your toes touch sand, and watch leaves drift softly away on a quiet stream. The simple poems in Breathe and Be help children learn mindfulness as they connect to the beauty of the natural world. Mindfulness teaches us how to stay calm, soothe our emotions, and appreciate the world around us. Whether we’re watching tiny colored fish darting in the water or exploring the leaves, branches, and roots of a towering tree, the thoughtful words and the lovely art of Breathe and Be remind us how much joy we can find by simply living with awareness and inner peace.

Brave Little Monster book
#15
Brave Little Monster
Written by Ken Baker and illustrated by Geoffrey Hayes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER relates the humorous bedtime exploits of a young monster trying to go sleep while a scary little girl hides in his closet eating ice cream and a little boy colors under his bed. The wonderful illustrations by Geoffrey Hayes and fun storyline by Ken Baker make BRAVE LITTLE MONSTER a perfect bedtime story for little monsters everywhere. "Little monsters fear little girls and boys hiding in their rooms in this delightful parody of a nightly bedtime ritual

Roadman Boogie book
#16
Roadman Boogie
Written and illustrated by Nikki Slade Robinson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The Roadman holds the stop-go sign as traffic passes by. He's hot and bored so starts to dance, making people smile. The weather turns quite stormy, the river floods the road. Traffic builds up behind his stop-go sign, what can the Roadman do? Why a giant Roadman Boogie ball! A great story to stomp and dance to.

There's Only One You book
#17
There's Only One You
Written by Deborah Hembrook, Kathryn Heling and illustrated by Rosie Butcher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

"In all the world over, this much is true: You're somebody special. There's only one YOU." Celebrate your individuality with this picture book that honors all the wonderful things that make you . . . you. This feel-good book reassures kids that, whoever and whatever they are, it's awesome being YOU! Expertly written to include all kinds of children and families, it embraces the beauty in a range of physical types, personalities, and abilities. Kids will love discovering and recognizing themselves in these pages--and they'll feel proud to see their special qualities acknowledged. Adorable illustrations by Rosie Butcher show a diverse community that many will find similar to their own.

The House of Lost and Found book
#18
The House of Lost and Found
Written by Martin Widmark and illustrated by Emilia Dziubak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Pixar's blockbuster UP meets Coraline in this atmospheric and emotional story.Niles lives alone in a big house full of dust and memories of the people he's lost.Then one day, the boy from next door asks Niles to look after his plant. Reluctantly, Niles takes the pot of dirt. Can he remember how to care for something?As the flower grows, Niles realizes how empty and lonely his house is and begins to care for the plant, his house and himself. By the time the little boy returns the flower has bloomed into a beautiful poppy and Niles, and his house, are filled with hope again.This feel-good picture book from bestselling Swedish children's author Martin Widmark and award-winning illustrator Emilia Dzuibak digs deep.

Bikes for Sale book
#19
Bikes for Sale
Written by Carter Higgins and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Maurice rides his bike to his shop every day. Lotta rides her bike to collect sticks every day. Both go about their separate routines, unaware of the friendship that awaits them just a few blocks away. But what happens when a branch and a lemon peel get in the way? This delightful falling-in-like story from acclaimed picture book creators Carter Higgins and Zachariah OHora celebrates the power of coincidence to lead us to the friends we're meant to meet all along.

Good Egg book
#20
Good Egg
Written and illustrated by Barney Saltzberg
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Meet Egg. Cuter than a button, enormously personable, and talented, too. Say "sit," and Egg sits. Good Egg! Say "roll over," and egg rolls over. What a good Egg! Of course, Egg does all of this with a toddler's help, who lifts the flaps and pulls the tabs and operates the wiggle behind the wiggle-waggle. But that's the most fun part: interacting with the Egg. Then comes the pay-off. "Speak," is the command, and children will crack up in delight and surprise with what happens next. Created by Barney Saltzberg, Good Egg is that rarest of rare books where utter simplicity is utterly irresistible. The Egg has neither eyes nor smile nor furrowed brow, yet exudes an adorable, eager-to-please charm. No sentence is longer than two words, yet in the eight board book pages, an engaging story is told. Add the flaps and the tabs and the pleasure of movement, and Good Egg will be read again and again.

Ice in the Jungle book
#21
Ice in the Jungle
Written and illustrated by Ariane Hofmann-Maniyar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Ice’s mother tells her that they’re going to move to an exciting new place, Ice isn’t so sure. She likes her home and her friends, and the fun they have together. The journey takes forever, and their new home is very strange. Everything is different – the weather, the food, the people and the language. Ice tries to make friends, but everyone seems too busy and preoccupied to care.Will anything happen to help Ice feel more at home?A charming debut picture book about the anxieties and hardships of moving, with a heart-warming, positive ending.

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