Mom blog: Because I Said So! Children’s Mental Health Week—my favourite kids books

This is NOT one of those bloggy things where I take a photo of my bedside table and then dissect the books piled there (you lucky people!) (the list includes more Grade 2 books than mine, and more magazines than books). In keeping with Children’s Mental Health Week, I’m going to share a few of the books that have helped my kids in their development and offered them some neat insights and ways of looking at mental health.

51cqrtbs2cl_ss400_.jpgEdward the “Crazy Man” by Marie Day. This is the story of 12-year-old Charlie, his friends and Edward, a man in the neighbourhood who makes fabulous costumes out of discarded things and lives in an alleyway. The illustrations are wonderful, and the story shows how mental illness can enter a person’s life, affect the lives of friends and family, and the person ends up not sick, but different. (Major bonus to anyone in Toronto June 10 to 19 can see a play based on the book at ther Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People.)

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With a daughter diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder six years ago, these Scaredy Squirrel books by Melanie Watt came too late for her, but just in time for her little brother, Luka. Amazingly easy to allow you to explore fears and anxiety with your child as you read about Scaredy and where he feels safe versus where he’d really like to go. It has many lessons to be learned, and your child will never know!

15153can_i_catch_like_seal.jpgNow this book, by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, isn’t a story book with gentle lessons, but a book aimed directly at kids with parents experiencing depression. It explains in easy language and concepts what it is like to have depression, and what it’s like when someone you love has it. Super read, aimed at 5 to 9 year olds, but like all these books, very informative for the adults.

Coming tomorrow, I welcome a guest blogger who’ll talk about her daughter and the challenges they both face. This mum is one resourceful woman, so be sure to check back. Hug your kids!

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