The Happy Sensitive Kids community is more than 3000 strong, and is a wise, experienced group when it comes to raising highly sensitive children. The book list below is the top ten bestselling books bought by the Happy Sensitive Kids community through the course of last year. There’s no better recommendation than the reading list of others facing the same parenting challenges and joys.
#10 All Too Much for Oliver
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. The HSK community agree!
#9 Most Magnificent Thing
Making mistakes isn’t something a HSC does well. This book by Ashely Spires helps HSCs understand that mistakes are a part of life – and it’s okay to not get it right the first time.
“For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes….” Amazon.com
#8 Supporting the Highly Sensitive Child: Making Sense of Meltdowns
This is the second in a series of books by James Williams and looks at the challenges and distress that meltdowns can cause for highly sensitive children.
#7 The Strong Sensitive Boy
Elaine Aron sums up Ted Zeff’s powerful book perfectly:
“Every parent of a sensitive boy should read this book.” –Elaine N. Aron, Ph.D. (author of The Highly Sensitive Person and The Highly Sensitive Child).
#6 Relax Kids – The Wishing Star
You can read what I think about the Relax Kids series here, and it seems the HSK community agrees!
#5 I Can Handle It (Mindful Mantras)
I don’t know this book personally, but it’s the fifth most popular book in the HSK so it’s worth reading for sure!
“Positive self-talk is incredibly important for improving and maintaining mental health and the mindful mantra books are a way to plant that positivity right into a child’s head!” Amazon.com
#4 Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress
This book is written by kids for kids. It’s about tapping into your own inner strength.
#3 The Kids’ Guide to Staying Awesome and In Control: Simple Stuff to Help Children Regulate their Emotions and Senses
Lots of self-regulation tips in this book to help children take control of big emotions. There are tips for parents and teachers but the book is written for children. There are tips, checklists and illustrations to help children take control.
I bought this book because of community recommendations!
#2 Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes (My Highly Sensitive Child)
This is a must read for anyone struggling to understand what being highly sensitive actually means for a child.
For more information, read: Book Review: Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes
#1 The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them
This is no surprise. This book by Elaine Aron is by far the most popular book in the HSK community.
It’s no exaggeration to say this is the highly sensitive child bible. You can read a HSK community member’s review here. If you are parenting, caring for or educating a highly sensitive child and only read one book on the topic then this is the book.