May: Mental Health Awareness Month

By Flashlight Books

By Flashlight Books

Some of our favorite books that we feel are positive portrayals of mental illness in fiction or non-fiction, or that deal with emotional health. Books on this list are for a range of ages. 

Guts

Raina Telgemeier

$12.99 $11.95

Anxiety

For a Muse of Fire

Heidi Heilig

$10.99 $10.11

Main character with bipolar disorder.

I'm Sad

Michael Ian Black and Debbie Ridpath Ohi

$17.99 $16.55

Sadness

The Light Between Worlds

Laura E. Weymouth

$10.99 $10.11

Depression.

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Volume 1

Dusti Bowling

$7.95 $7.31

Secondary character has tourettes.

The Grief Keeper

Alexandra Villasante

$17.98 $16.54

Depression

Finding Audrey

Sophie Kinsella

$10.99 $10.11

Teen dealing with severe anxiety from trauma

This Is My Brain in Love

I. W. Gregorio

$17.99 $16.55

Challenger Deep

Neal Shusterman and Brendan Shusterman

$10.99 $10.11

Schizophrenia

It's Ok to Feel Things Deeply: (uplifting Book for Women; Feel-Good Gift for Women; Books to Help Cope with Anxiety and Depression)

Carissa Potter

$12.95 $11.91

Positive messages for those coping with mental health issues

Lily and Dunkin

Donna Gephart

$7.99 $7.35

Main character has bipolar disorder

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Joanne Greenberg

$19.99 $18.39

Schizophrenia

Fangirl

Rainbow Rowell

$10.99 $10.11

Social anxiety

Every Day

David Levithan

$10.99 $10.11

Various

Wemberly Worried

Kevin Henkes

$7.99 $7.35

Anxiety

The Rabbit Listened

Cori Doerrfeld

$17.99 $16.55

Positive emotional health and coping skills

Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things

Lenore Look and Leuyen Pham

$6.99 $6.43

Anxiety

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety

Dawn Huebner and Bonnie Matthews

$16.99 $15.63

Anxiety

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

Jo Witek and Christine Roussey

$16.95 $15.59

For Black Girls Like Me

Mariama J. Lockington

$16.99 $15.63

Mother struggles with bipolar disorder and depression. (Content warning: suicide attempt.)

Each Tiny Spark

Pablo Cartaya

$8.99 $8.27

Father has PTSD.