Books for Mental Health Awareness Month

Mental Health Awareness 2024

These books for kids and teens sensitively deal with tough topics and big emotions. Perfect for SEL units, these stories normalize mental health issues, promote the importance of self-care, and provide more resources for young readers who are struggling to process big emotions like anger, sadness, anxiety, and loss. Share these stories with young readers to let them know they are not alone.

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Teacher’s Guide: Frizzy by Claribel A. Ortega; illustrated by Rose Bousamra


By Claribel A. Ortega; illustrated by Rose Bousamra
Ages 8-12
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New York Times-bestselling author Claribel A. Ortega and star debut artist Rose Bousamra’s Frizzy is about Marlene, a young Dominican girl whose greatest enemy is the hair salon! Through her struggles and triumphs, this heartwarming and gorgeous middle-grade graphic novel shows the radical power of accepting yourself as you are, frizzy curls and all.

Marlene loves three things: books, her cool Tía Ruby and hanging out with her best friend Camila. But according to her mother, Paola, the only thing she needs to focus on is school and “growing up.” That means straightening her hair every weekend so she could have “presentable”, “good hair”.

But Marlene hates being in the salon and doesn’t understand why her curls are not considered pretty by those around her. With a few hiccups, a dash of embarrassment, and the much-needed help of Camila and Tia Ruby—she slowly starts a journey to learn to appreciate and proudly wear her curly hair.

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Parenting Discussion Guide: From My Head to My Toes

From My Head to My Toes

From My Head to My Toes
By Aly Raisman; illustrated by Bea Jackson
Ages 4-8
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A joyful ode to loving and caring for our bodies, from Olympic gold medalist and advocate Aly Raisman and bestselling artist Bea Jackson.

My body is my own.
My body is just right for me,
From my head to my toes

From My Head to My Toes gently introduces young readers to the topics of consent and bodily autonomy in a positive way. Cheerful and informative, this story focuses on the powerful message of self-love. Aly’s inspiring words are paired with expert-vetted resources, giving adults the tools to begin having these essential conversations with kids from a young age.

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The Truth About Dragons Activity Kit

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Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month and The Year of the Dragon with The Truth About Dragons, winner of the 2024 Asian Pacific American Award for Literature and a Caldecott Honor! 

The Truth About Dragons is an unforgettable lyrical picture book that celebrates biracial identity from the award-winning author of Paper Son: The Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant and Artist.

Enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win a classroom poster. One grand prize winner will win a virtual visit with Julie Leung and Hanna Cha! Plus, download the free activity kit!

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How This Book Was Made: I Am Both by Kerisa Greene

How This Book Was Made: I Am Both

Go behind the scenes of I Am Both: A Vietnamese Refugee Story by Kerisa Greene. I Am Both is a inspired by Kerisa’s family’s journey on the last flight out of Saigon and is a compelling exploration of identity, immigration, and family.

Read on for an interview with Kerisa Greene, Rachel Diebel, Editor at Feiwel & Friends, and Naomi Silverio, Associate Designer at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group to learn more about how this book was made, preview interior art, and to discover one of the most inventive uses of rice paper we’ve seen in a picture book!

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