The best-est books & vids for kids!

Looking for books and resources that teach kids how to manage worries, be kind and feel good about who they are? Here are our top picks!

Managing worries 

Books that can help with Managing Worries

(please note, many of these books are available as readings on You Tube in case you can’t access the books, but we especially recommend that you read them with your child if you can).

Videos that can help with Managing Worries

For you (and your kids)


Feeling Good

Books which can help Children Feel Good:

(please note, many of these books are available as readings on You Tube in case you can’t access the books, but we especially recommend that you read them with your child if you can).

Other resources that help children feel good:

  • Ages 11 + : Strengths survey – NB: an adult will need to register first for anyone under the age of 13

For you (parents!)


Be Calm

Books to help talk and understand about emotions

(please note, many of these books are available as readings on You Tube in case you can’t access the books, but we especially recommend that you read them with your child if you can).

  • Ages 3-7: Prickly Jenny - explores what it’s like when we feel like nothing is ‘right’ and ways that help bring us ‘out of it’.  Remember to talk about your experiences too parents! (at the library)
  • Ages 3-7: When Sophie’s feelings are really, really hurt - A great book to think about the places we can go that make us feel good (early in the story) and what we can do when our paintings or ‘creations’ don’t go the way we want them to or our feelings get really, really hurt.  It’s all a nice way to explore out emotions through painting and colour - just like real artists do! (at the library)
  • Ages 3-7:  Big, Bad Owl - A nice story to explore what it’s like when we try to cheer another person up - what’s it like when we can?  What’s it like when we can’t?  And how do we try not to take on the feelings and emotions of others when we don’t succeed in cheering us up, or their mood makes us feel bad?  (at the library)
  • Ages 4-6: My Big Shouting Day (at the library)
  • Ages 4-7: When I’m feeling series – We recommend! Includes a range of emotions, not just ‘anger’ (at the library)
  • Ages 4-7 : Elephant was scared (series of 4 books - happy, sad, scared and angry)
  • Ages 4-8: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very-Bad day
  • Ages 4-8: Kei Te Pehea Koe? How do you Feel? Explore emotions in te reo and English - a great way to talk emotions, in any language!  Perhaps that’s why we call it emotional literacy? (at the library)
  • Ages 5-8 : Emotions in motion (at the library)
  • Ages 5-8: The Dot
  • Ages 5-9: Starving the Anger Gremlin  - a workbook for parents and children to interact with
  • Ages 10 +:  The Feelings Book  - for girls
Videos that help talk about and understand emotions

For you:


Building self esteem

Books to Help Build Self Esteem

(please note, many of these books are available as readings on You Tube in case you can’t access the books, but we especially recommend that you read them with your child if you can).

Videos to Help Build Self Esteem

Other Resources which can Help Build Self Esteem

  • Ages 11+ : Strengths survey – NB: an adult will need to register first for anyone under the age of 13
For you

Grateful and Kind

Books to help develop gratitude and kindness

(please note, many of these books are available as readings on You Tube in case you can’t access the books, but we especially recommend that you read them with your child if you can).

Other resources to help develop gratitude and kindness

For you