Mental Health Awareness Month

When Sadness is at Your Door By Eva Eland Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780525707189
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - January 29th, 2019

A comforting primer in emotional literacy and mindfulness that suggests we approach the feeling of sadness as if it is our guest.

Sadness can be scary and confusing at any age! When we feel sad, especially for long periods of time, it can seem as if the sadness is a part of who we are--an overwhelming, invisible, and scary sensation.


Maybe Tomorrow? (a story about loss, healing, and friendship) By Charlotte Agell, Ana Ramírez González (Illustrator) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781338214888
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 26th, 2019

A heartwarming story about loss, healing, and how to be a friend during hard times.

This tender exploration of loss illuminates the sustaining power of kindness, empathy, and friendship. It will resonate with anyone who has experienced hardship or grief, from the death of a loved one or a pet, to the transition to a new home, family situation, or learning environment.


Dark Cloud By Anna Lazowski, Penny Neville-Lee (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Anna Lazowski, Penny Neville-Lee (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781525306570
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Published: Kids Can Press - May 2nd, 2023

Written with compassion and care, a thoughtful story about a little girl who visualizes her depression as a way of learning to cope.

Abigail has a dark cloud. It follows her everywhere. It can be a ball of worries, a swirl of fog or a long shadow. But it’s always with her, getting in the way of things.


Ruby Finds a Worry (Big Bright Feelings) By Tom Percival Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781547602377
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Published: Bloomsbury Children's Books - September 3rd, 2019

The beloved picture book about what to do when a worry won't leave you at alone -- perfect for reassuring young readers in times of stress.


Sometimes When I’m Worried By Deborah Serani, Kyra Teis (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Deborah Serani, Kyra Teis (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9781631987373
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Published: Free Spirit Publishing - June 6th, 2023

Children learn practical strategies for coping with worry and anxiety.

Gentle, supportive, and straightforward, Sometimes When I’m Worried describes a child’s experience with worry and the many ways it can surface, as well as how her sister and their two dads help her cope with the feeling. “Sometimes when I’m worried, my tummy feels funny. I get hot and sweaty.


A Blue Kind of Day By Rachel Tomlinson, Tori-Jay Mordey (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Rachel Tomlinson, Tori-Jay Mordey (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780593324011
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Published: Kokila - April 5th, 2022

A moving picture book debut about depression, sensory awareness, and the power of listening, from psychologist and author of Teaching Kids to be Kind.

Coen is having a sniffling, sighing, sobbing kind of day.


The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions By Anna Llenas Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316450010
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - September 4th, 2018

Unpack feelings with color in this international bestseller that helps young readers identify emotions and feel more in control.
  One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad, and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color.


The Worry Balloon By Mónica Mancillas, Betty C. Tang (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mónica Mancillas, Betty C. Tang (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250852939
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - July 11th, 2023

A thoughtful and reassuring picture book about how one child experiences anxiety, and what she can do to manage her worries.

On the first day of school, Isla’s mind plays the what if game. Scary thoughts come, the world goes dark, and everything feels stormy.


The Noise Inside Boys: A Story About Big Feelings By Pete Oswald Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593483220
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Published: Random House Studio - May 2nd, 2023

Pete Oswald, the #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator and father of three sons unravels the confusing emotions inside boys today against the backdrop of a day at the beach.


Drawing Deena By Hena Khan Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534459915
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Published: Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for You - February 6th, 2024

From the award-winning author of Amina’s Voice and Amina’s Song comes a tenderhearted middle grade novel about a young Pakistani American artist determined to manage her anxiety and forge her own creative path.


Louder Than Hunger By John Schu Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781536229097
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Published: Candlewick - March 19th, 2024

The instant New York Times bestseller!

Every so often a book comes along that is so brave and necessary, it extends a lifeline when it’s needed most. This is one of those books.” —Katherine Applegate, author of the Newbery Medal–winning, The One and Only Ivan


The Sea in Winter By Christine Day Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062872050
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Published: Heartdrum - January 4th, 2022

American Indian Youth Literature Award: Middle Grade Honor Book! In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again.


Where the Watermelons Grow By Cindy Baldwin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062665874
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Published: Quill Tree Books - January 7th, 2020

Fans of The Thing About Jellyfish and A Snicker of Magic will be swept away by Cindy Baldwin’s debut middle grade about a girl coming to terms with her mother’s mental illness. An Oregon Spirit Award Honor book. 


The Science of Being Angry By Nicole Melleby Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781523525652
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Published: Algonquin Young Readers - April 2nd, 2024

From the acclaimed author of Hurricane Season, an unforgettable story about what makes a family, for fans of Hazel’s Theory of Evolution and Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World.
 
Eleven-year-old Joey is angry. All the time. And she doesn’t understand why.


Iveliz Explains It All: (Newbery Honor Award Winner) By Andrea Beatriz Arango, Alyssa Bermudez (Illustrator) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780593564004
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Published: Yearling - September 12th, 2023

How do you speak up when it feels like no one is listening? In this moving novel in verse, one girl takes on seventh grade while facing mental health challenges, and must find her voice to advocate for the help and understanding she deserves.

"Powerful." —Lisa Fipps, Printz Honor-winning author of Starfish


Listen up:


Simon Sort of Says: Newbery Honor Award Winner By Erin Bow Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781368082853
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Published: Disney Hyperion - January 31st, 2023

NEWBERY HONOR AWARD • LONGLISTED FOR THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD • SCHNEIDER FAMILY BOOK AWARD HONOR • FINALIST FOR THE AUDIE AWARD FOR BEST MIDDLE GRADE AUDIOBOOK OF THE YEAR

“Funny, poignant and—most important—hopeful.” —New York Times


The Shape of Thunder By Jasmine Warga Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062956682
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Published: Balzer + Bray - May 3rd, 2022

An extraordinary new novel from Jasmine Warga, Newbery Honor–winning author of Other Words for Home, about loss and healing—and how friendship can be magical.

Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.


The Science of Breakable Things By Tae Keller Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781524715694
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Published: Yearling - May 21st, 2019

Natalie's uplifting story of using the scientific process to "save" her mother from depression is what Booklist calls "a winning story full of heart and action."

Eggs are breakable. Hope is not.


Before the Ever After By Jacqueline Woodson Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780399545443
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Published: Nancy Paulsen Books - September 6th, 2022

WINNER OF THE NAACP IMAGE AWARD

WINNER OF THE CORETTA SCOTT KING AUTHOR AWARD

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's stirring novel-in-verse explores how a family moves forward when their glory days have passed and the cost of professional sports on Black bodies.


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The War That Saved My Life By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780147510488
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Published: Dial Books - May 31st, 2016

*Newbery Honor book
*Winner of the Schneider Family Book Award 
*Forbes 25 Top Historical Fiction Books Of All Time selection


Turtles All the Way Down By John Green Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780525555377
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Published: Penguin Books - June 11th, 2019

The critically acclaimed, instant #1 bestseller by John Green, author of The Anthropocene Reviewed and The Fault in Our Stars

A NEW FILM, COMING SOON TO MAX

“A tender story about learning to cope when the world feels out of control.” —People


Speak 20th Anniversary Edition By Laurie Halse Anderson Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781250302359
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Published: Square Fish - January 15th, 2019

A special 20th anniversary edition of the groundbreaking National Book Award Finalist and Michael L. Printz Honor Book with more than 3.5 million copies sold. Speak is a bestselling modern classic about consent, healing, and finding your voice.


Darius the Great Is Not Okay By Adib Khorram Cover Image
$11.99
ISBN: 9780525552970
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Published: Penguin Books - August 20th, 2019

Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.

Winner of the William C. Morris Debut Award


“Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.”


The Silence that Binds Us By Joanna Ho Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780063059351
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Published: HarperTeen - December 26th, 2023

“A grieving teen fights Asian hate by finding her voice in this complex, timely story.” —Kirkus (starred review)

"With a layered, sensitive voice, Ho’s weighty novel delves into themes of racism, classism, loss, and healing." —Publishers Weekly (starred review)


The Perks of Being a Wallflower By Stephen Chbosky Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780671027346
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Published: MTV Books - February 1st, 1999

“A timeless story for every young person who needs to understand that they are not alone.” —Judy Blume

“Once in a while, a novel comes along that becomes a generational touchstone. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of those books.” —R. J.


I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter By Erika L. Sánchez Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781524700515
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Published: Ember - March 5th, 2019

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “stunning” (America Ferrera) YA novel about a teenager coming to terms with losing her sister and finding herself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home.

“Alive and crackling—a gritty tale wrapped in a page-turner. ”—The New York Times


Girl in Pieces By Kathleen Glasgow Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781101934746
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Published: Ember - April 10th, 2018

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

"A haunting, beautiful, and necessary book."Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything


All the Bright Places By Jennifer Niven Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780385755917
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Published: Ember - September 13th, 2016

NOW A NETFLIX FILM, STARRING ELLE FANNING AND JUSTICE SMITH!

The New York Times bestselling love story about two teens who find each other while standing on the edge. And don’t miss Take Me with You When You Go, Jennifer Niven’s highly anticipated new book with bestselling author David Levithan!


We Are All So Good at Smiling By Amber McBride Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781250909381
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Published: Square Fish - January 30th, 2024

They Both Die at the End meets The Bell Jar in this haunting, beautiful young adult novel-in-verse about clinical depression and healing from trauma, from National Book Award Finalist Amber McBride.


Chaos Theory By Nic Stone Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780593307700
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Published: Crown Books for Young Readers - February 28th, 2023

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin delivers a gripping romance about two teens: a certified genius living with a diagnosed mental disorder and a politician's son who is running from his own addiction and grief. Don't miss this gut punch of a novel about mental health, loss, and discovering you are worthy of love.


Just Roll with It: (A Graphic Novel) By Veronica Agarwal, Lee Durfey-Lavoie Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781984896995
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Published: Random House Graphic - December 14th, 2021

Starting middle school is hard enough when you don't know anyone; it's even harder when you're shy. A contemporary middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Guts and Real Friends about how dealing with anxiety and OCD can affect everyday life.

As long as Maggie rolls the right number, nothing can go wrong...right?
 


Guts: A Graphic Novel By Raina Telgemeier Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780545852500
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Published: Graphix - September 17th, 2019

A true story from Raina Telgemeier, the #1 New York Times bestselling, multiple Eisner Award-winning author of Smile, Sisters, Drama, and Ghosts!

Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug.


Skim By Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Mariko Tamaki, Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9780888999641
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Published: Groundwood Books - March 1st, 2010

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2008.