May is Mental Health Month- with one in 5 Americans affected by mental health conditions, each year more importance is placed on getting people of all ages and walks of life to strive for a mentally healthy life.  Sharing picture books about feelings and mental health issues increases awareness even with young children.  Check out the picture book, nonfiction and parenting collections at Cedar Mill Libraries.

A few titles you can find include:

When Sophie Gets Angry- Really Really Angry by Molly Bang: a young girl is upset and doesn’t know how to manage her anger but takes the time to cool off and regain her composure.

Eli the Bipolar Bear by Shannon Brackton: A child struggles with drastic mood swings and seeks to resolve the issue that is disrupting his whole life. With the help of his parents and a wise old bear, Eli is able to understand what is happening to him and find resources to manage this disorder.

When I Feel Sad by Cornelia Spelman: A young guinea pig describes situations that make him sad, how it feels to be sad, and how he can feel better. (part of the When I Feel series)

Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman: Noni is nervous about playdates, and global warming, and most of all, about the first day of school. She finds a friend, someone a little more outgoing than herself, and discovers that through friendhip, she can belong and succeed in a world that once filled her with dread.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek: A young girl explores what different emotions feel like, such as happiness which makes her want to twirl, or sadness which feels as heavy as an elephant.

Other resources:

Learning to Help Your Child and Family (NAMI)

Little Parachutes: Picture Books that Help Children

Mental Health Facts for Children/Teens (NAMI)