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Psychology: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about psychology?

As you can see, this list of kids books about psychology is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about psychology, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

You've Got Dragons
Written by Nick Maland & illustrated by Kathryn Cave
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Worries, fears, and anxieties are all dragons that sneak up on most of us at one time or another.

Lots of people get dragons. Even really really good people get them. And sometimes they are hard to get rid of. So what can a young boy with a bad case of the dragons do? He can pretend they are not there, or that they are really quite harmless. Hugs from his mom help. Looking his dragon straight in the eye at least once every day helps even more. But most reassuring of all is the reminder that dragons don’t stay forever.

Kathryn Cave’s lighthearted writing style and illustrator Nick Maland’s appealing pen-and-ink drawings exaggerate the humor of the text without minimizing the seriousness of the underlying themes. It is the perfect read-aloud story for young children whose fears can sometimes get the better of them.

It Feels Good to Be Yourself
Written by Theresa Thorn & illustrated by Noah Grigni
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Some people are boys. Some people are girls. Some people are both, neither, or somewhere in between. This sweet, straightforward exploration of gender identity will give children a fuller understanding of themselves and others. With child-friendly language and vibrant art, It Feels Good to Be Yourself provides young readers and parents alike with the vocabulary to discuss this important topic with sensitivity.

Bye Bye Pesky Fly
Written by Lysa Mullady MA & illustrated by Janet McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

_Pig was having a feel-good kind of day. Pig was just hanging around, thinking about his favorite things. Sunshine, rainbows, and the feel of cool mud on a hot summer day.

Then out of the blue came a Pesky Fly,

That Pesky Fly buzzed around Pig’s nose.

He buzzed around Pig’s ears._

Suddenly Pig’s peaceful, feel-good day wasn’t so peaceful anymore. Pig needs to figure out the best way to handle it, instead of yelling or swatting… that wouldn’t be kind! Fly needs to figure out how to better interact with his friends and respect Pig’s space, and decides Pig is a good friend to have! Pig and Fly work through their problem and move on to having a feel-good day…together!

Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals with more information on helping children deal with frustration and build positive relationships.

Mindful Arts in the Classroom: Stories and Creative Activities for Social and Emotional Learning
Written by Andrew Jordan Nance & illustrated by Sara Christian
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 18-108

Written especially for the teacher or camp director who wants to bring mindfulness, social and emotional learning (SEL), and the arts into their busy day through storytelling and fun games, this book offers a complete course that helps kids identify and talk about their feelings, self-regulate and self-soothe when stressed, and learn from easy mindfulness practices.

Everybody's Somewhere
Written & illustrated by Cornelia Maude Spelman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Where exactly do people go when you can’t see them? Everybody’s Somewhere, the thoughtful children’s book from award-winning author Cornelia Maude Spelman, reassures young kids that everyone-moms, dads, grandpas, grandmas, and more —are somewhere, even if you can’t see them. Whether your family enjoys it as a story for naptime, bedtime, or any time in-between, Everybody’s Somewhere will become a beloved bookshelf classic.

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