Books that Heal

From picture books to youth novels to adult novels, some of these featured books are true stories while others are fiction – but all have a message of understanding real feelings and difficulties. If you need a healing book about problem solving, loss, and mental illness or a book that demonstrates empathy, hope, and healing during this time, the ebooks and audiobooks on this list are available for you through Sunflower/Overdrive.


Problem Solving

*Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty  (Author), David Roberts (Illustrator)

*The Lemonade Warby Jacqueline Davies


Families Touched by Mental Illness

*Courage for Beginners by Karen Harrington  (Author)

*The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls  (Author)

*Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Author)



*Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin  (Author)



*El Deafo by Cece Bell (Author)


Hope and Healing

*Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly (Author), Laura Freeman  (Illustrator)

*Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed  (Author)

*Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson  (Author)

*The Benefits of Being an Octopus by Ann Braden  (Author)

*The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater  (Author)

*Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson  (Author), Sean Qualls  (Illustrator)