18 Great Books for Highly Sensitive Children


The giving season is approaching fast and as far as I’m concerned books always make for great gifts to give and receive.

Great Books for Highly Sensitive ChildrenHere are some of my and the Happy Sensitive Kids’ Community reading favourites.

Long Hat is a Hero

Long Hat is a Hero by Josina Intrabartolo

Recommended age: 4 – 8

Translated (by me) from the popular Dutch Langmuts series, Long Hat is a gnome who happens to be highly sensitive. Long Hat struggles with some of his highly sensitive characteristics, until one day he realises just how handy it is to be able to hear, see, smell and notice things more intensely than the other gnomes. A beautiful book written specifically with HSCs in mind and one that will have your child uttering in astonishment, “Long Hat is just like me!” (UK) (NL)

Quiet Power book coverQuiet Power: Growing Up as an Introvert in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Susan Cain, author of bestselling and hugely influential book ‘Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking’, has written a similarly themed book targeted at a younger introverted audience. This is the book for reassuring introvert children there is nothing wrong with them – introversion is a superpower! (UK) (USA) (Worldwide)


The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very Brave by James O’Loghlin

Recommended age: 8+

This book is about a boy who believes he’s not very brave who soon learns that through feeling fear you have the chance to be brave. Read a review here.

HSK Community quote:  Funny and great to read aloud

George the (Almost) Fearless Mouse

George the Almost Fearless Mouse by Chris Hastings

“George the (Almost) Fearless Mouse is a gentle, positive and rewarding tale written to help children overcome a fear of the dark, while making life easier and less anxious for the many youngsters experiencing high sensitivity.”

At the time of writing this book is in the process of being published. After a successful Crowdfunding project this book is destined for big things I am sure. It’s a project I backed and cannot wait to get the book in my hands. More info here.

Marvin Gets Mad

Marvin Gets Mad by Joseph Theobald

Recommended age: 5+

This is the follow up book to Marvin Wants More which my eldest was gifted when he was a toddler and which was one of his favourite books at the time. This time Marvin gets cross when his friend Molly eats the apple he had his eye on. He goes on the rampage. Who can help him calm down?

(Readers in the USA) (Worldwide readers) (For UK readers)

The Most Magnificent Thing Book cover

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

Recommended age: 3 – 7

This is a book about a girl, her dog and plenty of perseverance, about not giving up when things don’t quite go as easily as planned.

(For readers in the USA) (For readers worldwide) (For UK readers)

All Too Much for OliverAll Too Much for Oliver by Leila Boukharim

This is a book that has been mentioned more than once on this blog and it’s a personal favourite. Everything about this book oozes calm and quiet, which is no surprise given that it is published by My Quiet Adventures. It is beautifully illustrated and written with highly sensitive children in mind.

HSK Community quote: A great children’s book for Highly Sensitive Children!

The Kids' Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control : Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses

The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and in Control : Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate Their Emotions and Senses by Lauren Brukner

Recommended age: 7 – 14

This book is full of simple ideas to help children with their emotions, from breathing exercises to tips about reducing noise.

HSK Community quote:This book has so many good ideas in it to help with “big feelings.”

(For readers in the USA(For readers worldwide) (For UK readers)

A Handful of Quiet : Happiness in Four PebblesA Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles by Thich Nhat Hanh

Recommended age: 5 – 9

This book introduces pebble meditation, one of the most well known practices developed by Thich Nhat Hanh. All you need is 4 pebbles, this book and a quiet spot.

(Readers in the USA) (Worldwide readers) (Readers in the UK)


Relax Kids: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet by Marneta Viegas

Recommended age: 9 – 12

“The book is beautifully illustrated and transforms well known stories and fairy tales into relaxing, soothing meditations. Classics such as Alice in Wonderland, The Gingerbread Man, Rapunzel, Treasure Island, The Owl and the Pussycat and many many more have been adapted to one page tales that take my son into a fantasy world of castles, flying carpets, undersea adventures and wooden boys.

Each tale starts with an instruction to ‘close your eyes and be very still’. The tales invite children to be mindful of their own stillness, their breathing and their body. Whilst reading you can play soft music in the background or have silence as a backdrop – each has worked for us.”

(Readers in the USA) (Worldwide readers) (Readers in the UK)

Anna and her Rainbow Colored Yoga Mats

Anna and Her Rainbow Colored Mats by Giselle Shardlow

Recommended age: 3 – 7

Yoga poses within a story for children. But also more: “This is a book which is not just about yoga, which doesn’t just get children practicing yoga poses and using their imaginations, but which also gets children thinking about diversity. And that’s a wonderful theme to delve into when you are reading with highly sensitive children. Many a HSC utters, “Why can’t I be like everyone else?” at one point or another.”

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

Master of Mindfulness

Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress by Laurie Grossman

Recommended age: 5 – 12

This book is a resource to introduce mindfulness to children. How do you recognise your emotions? What can you do with them? How can you cope with your frustrations, anger or sadness? The truth is that many children face stress in their lives – and this book attempts to help children tap into their inner strength. It was put together by a fifth grade school class in California!

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

Relax Kids : The Wishing Star

Relax Kids: The Wishing Star by Marneta Viegas

Recommended age: 5 – 12

This is a big hit in the HSK community. With 52 different meditations based around familiar stories, children are introduced to meditation in a low key and gentle manner. Lovely illustrations. Looking for relaxation tools? This is definitely worth adding to your child’s tool kit.

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

The Boy Who Loved Math : The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos

The Boy Who Loved Math : The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos by  Deborah Heiligman

Recommended age: 5 – 8

Mathematical genius Paul Erdos followed his own rules, followed his passions and made his own path in life. Maths is woven into this unusual story book and if your HSC loves numbers then this is definitely a book for them.

HSK Community quote: Maybe your HSC would enjoy reading about someone different and brilliant just like them.

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

Lily the Unicorn

Lily the Unicorn by Dallas Clayton

Recommended age: 4 – 8

How do you convince someone to join you in their adventures when they are afraid of trying new things, afraid of failing? Lily the Unicorn helps her friend Roger the Penguin do just that. Roger realises that maybe failing isn’t so bad after all.

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

The Invisible String

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst

Recommended age: 4 – 8

This book has been written especially for children with separation anxiety. It’s a bestseller – and there’s a good reason why.

Mama explains to her children that we are all connected by an invisible string, which reaches from heart to heart.

It’s heartwarming and sure to give some semblance of reassurance to those children who find leaving loved ones behind at the classroom door unbearable.

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

The Invisble Boy by Trudy Ludwig
The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Recommended age: 6 – 9

Brian feels like an invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him until a new kid joins the class.

This is a beautifully illustrated, heartwarming book for those children who don’t feel seen in school. Seriously, look at the illustrations!

It’s a valuable resource for those supporting the needs of quieter children.

(Readers in USA) (Worldwide) (Readers in the UK)

Thank Goodness for Different

Thank Goodness for Different by Leila Boukharim

As this story progresses Lilly starts to see that the world needs “different”, and starts to think about all the things that she is that make her unique.

The beauty of this story lies in the fact that children relate. At one time or another all children feel like they are different. They come to learn that different is okay, that not feeling exactly the same as everyone else is actually good. Children come to learn that we are not all the same. Thank goodness…….

(Readers in USA) (Readers in the UK)

Over to You: What other great books for HSCs belong in this list?


For other book or gift ideas for the highly sensitive people in your life check out:

Books and CDs for Highly Sensitive People

10 Calming Gift Ideas for a Highly Sensitive Child

9 Book Gift Ideas for the Highly Sensitive People in Your Life

6 Perfect Gift Ideas for a Highly Sensitive Child

The Happy Sensitive Kids Ultimate Gift Guide


About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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