Books for Children

This is a never-ending list of AMAZING children’s books… I will do my best to include books that are helpful for children’s social & emotional development, life events, changes in the family, and other fun books! If you have suggestions please don’t hesitate to comment with your favorite book suggestions… everyone will benefit!


Environmental Awareness:

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth by The EarthWorks Group

Earthdance by Joanne Ryder

Water by Frank Asch

The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest by Lynne Cherry

The Water Hole by Graeme Base

Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown

Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman

Good People Everywhere by Lynea Gillen


Feelings & Emotions:

When Sophie Gets Angry- Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang

My Mouth Is A Volcano by Julia Cook

My Five Senses by Aliki

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Moody Cow Meditates by Kerry Lee MacLean

What is Death? by Etan Boritzer

Emotion Commotion: Children’s Poems and Activities That Explore Emotions by Kathy Dietz (available at



Buddha At Bedtime: Tales of Love and Wisdom for You to Read with Your Child to Enchant, Enlighten and Inspire by Dharmachari Nagaraja

Peaceful Piggy Meditation by Kerry Lee MacLean

Moody Cow Learns Compassion by Kerry Lee MacLean

Peaceful Piggy Yoga by Kerry Lee MacLean

Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda by Lauren Alderfer

What Does Peace Feel Like? by Vladimir Radunsky

The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony



The Teddy Bear by David McPhail

The Colors of Us by Karen Katz

Be Quiet, Marina! by Kirsten DeBear

Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis

Hush! by Minfong Ho

Every Little Thing adapted by Cedella Marley (based on the song “Three Little Birds” by Bob Marley)


Family Changes & Diversity:

When I Miss You by Cornelia Maude Spelman

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Two Homes by Claire Masurel

The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan

Our Granny by Margaret Wild

Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild! by Mem Fox

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell


Gender Identity:

William’s Doll by Charlotte Zolotow

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

What Is A Girl? What Is A Boy? by Stephanie Waxman

Because Brian Hugged His Mother by David L. Rice



Sun and Moon by Marcus Pfister

Friends by Helme Heine

This Is Our House by Michael Rosen

Hands Are Not For Hitting by Martine Agassi

Hey, Little Any by Phillip and Hannah Hoose


Other Favorites:

Beautiful OOPS! by Barney Saltzberg

Quick As A Cricket by Audrey Wood

I’d Know You Anywhere My Love by Nancy Tillman

Fireflies! by Julie Brinckloe

Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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