Raising healthy children requires not just providing for their physical health, but also their mental health. In order for any individual to develop and maintain good mental health, they need a set of skills and attitudes known as emotional resilience, or the ability to cope with failure, difficult feelings, traumatic events, significant life changes, and other adversities.
Emotional resilience lies in the ability to recognize and accept negative experiences for what they are and then effectively heal from them. Fortunately, there are a number of picture books out there to help children and caregivers hone their emotional resilience skills together.
Here are a dozen great choices …
Mistakes and Trying Again:
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty and David Roberts
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Difficult Emotions and Personal Experiences:
Pilar’s Worries by Victoria M. Sanchez & Jess Golden
When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up by Dan Santat
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
Scary World Events:
Come With Me by Holly M. McGhee and Pascal Lemaître
The Breaking News by Sarah Lynne Reul
What Are You Scared Of, Little Mouse? by Susanna Isern & Nora Hilb
Me and My Fear by Francesca Sanna
Several of these books are available digitally on Overdrive and Hoopla for free with your library card.
Even when our physical building is closed, the Hudson Library (HLHS) has a wealth of learning and entertainment opportunities for kids and families. Here is a list of our most popular services and databases for kids and teens:
Tumble Book Library: Online ebooks website for kids, including storybooks, chapter books, graphic novels, nonfiction, puzzles, and games.
Tumble Math: Fun math-based ebook storybooks and quizzes for kids, with a variety of searchable math concepts.
OverDrive: Ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video, with selections for all ages.