Emotional Resilience Through Picture Books

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.

HLHS Online Children’s Resources

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.

OverDrive Kids: Ebooks and audiobooks for kids.

Hoopla: Movies, music, and ebooks for all ages.

World Book Online: Encyclopedia, dictionary, multimedia, ebooks, and research material.

Early World of Learning: Common Core and state standards in an engaging, playful, and interactive site, with games, videos, stories, and activities for emergent learners.

World Book Kids: A colorful and engaging multimedia environment for elementary-aged children that includes STEAM-based content along with articles, games, and projects.

World Book Ebooks: More than 2500 ebooks (fiction, nonfiction, plays, and poems) with both classic literature and exclusive content for students. (Follow the link, and choose the ebooks icon.)

Teen Book Cloud: Fiction, nonfiction, graphic novels, videos, and audiobooks for teens.

Gale Virtual Reference Library: A database of literary and specialized research content for students (use password: clevnet).

Kids InfoBits (Gale): Age-appropriate curriculum-related content for many educational subjects for elementary-aged students.

Flipster: The most popular digital magazines.

RBdigital Magazines: World’s largest newsstand with full-color digital magazines.

Stingray Qello: Watch a large selection of full-length films and music documentaries (must have a free RBdigital account).