These books and CDs are great resources to learn more about what being highly sensitive means, for us as parents, but also for our children. These books are full of tips and advice about parenting, caring and educating a HSC.
I have also included some books about being an introvert as 70% of HSC are also introverted.
Books For Parents of Highly Sensitive Children
The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them ( is the book to read as a parent of a HSC. There are tips, advice and problem solving ideas all the way though this gem of a book. There is also a valuable list of tips at the end of this book that every teacher should read. You can read a book review by Craftie Mum here.
If you yourself are highly sensitive then Aron is again a great resource to turn to with her book The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You.
A third title by highly sensitive person expert Elain Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You, for helping manage relationships as a HSP. (Amazon US link here).
You could say Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking is the bible for introverts. This book is a huge bestseller and has changed the way the world looks at introverts. If you are an introvert, or are raising an introvert, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Raise an Emotionally Healthy Boy () by Ted Zeff helps you understand why it’s so important to raise boys away from the violent culture that penetrates society and parent our boys so that they are able to express their emotions.
The Strong, Sensitive Boy by Ted Zeff is a fantastic read for those of you parenting sensitive boys.
I Believe in You: A Mother & Daughter’s Special Journey – for a comprehensive review of this book visit The European Mama.
Far From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity – for a review of Far from the Tree visit The European Mama.
I thoroughly recommend Jamie Williamson’s Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes (Amazon.com link here) to gain an understanding of how it is to be highly sensitive. It’s also a great gift idea to give family members or teachers so they can gain a better understanding of your child. You can read a full review here.
Calm Kids – Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities by Lorraine E. Murray (Amazon US link here) helps you understand the benefits of meditation for your children. From the basics to developing your own personal meditations designed with your own children in mind, this book holds your hand every step of the way.
Gretchen Rubin’s ‘Better than Before‘ (Amazon US link or Book Depository) is not specifically for highly sensitive people (HSP) but as a HSP I got a lot out of the book. Lots of useful advice and tips for making changes and trying to understand yourself and what motivates you. You can read a blog post I wrote about clarity as a highly sensitive parent triggered by this book here.
This sums it up so well:
““The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.”
It’s a book that also made me realise that I have a strong sensitivity to smell – and that can be used as a real advantage. Read it and see what I mean. 🙂
You can also get hold of The Happiness Project from Book Depository with free delivery.
Books for Highly Sensitive Children
Long Hat is highly sensitive and feels, hears, sees and smells things a little more than his friends. He’s more easily frightened than his friends so he sees his sensitivities as a problem. Until one day he understands just what an advantage it is to notice all the little things around him……and he saves the day!
This is a book with a very special place in my heart – when my eldest was 4 or 5 this book became a lifesaver – we now own the whole series and all three of my sons (aged 9, 5 and 4) love Langmuts and his adventures.
Here’s what another reader says:
“I’m so grateful to have a book about high sensitivity to read to my 6yo HS child! THANK YOU to all the team involved in bringing this book to print. The story is sweet, funny, accessible and encouraging, and is a helpful story about tolerance for all children. My child was still chuckling about the story the next day, and immediately wanted to read it to his younger brother. Definitely recommend for any family with highly sensitive children, and for all Early Years settings!” Amazon Review
If you are located in The Netherlands you can order it from Scrivo Media with free postage.
Angel Violet’s Wings is a book aimed at 4 to 6 year olds with the wonderful idea of teaching them to ‘sweep away’ everything they have ‘picked up’ during a day at (pre) school. You can find a full review of the book here. You can find out more about Angel Violet on the Sparkle Your Light Books website.
All Too Much for Oliver is the first in a planned series of books written especially for highly sensitive children. Beautifully illustrated with characters that your HSC will see themselves in. See My Quiet Adventures to learn more. (UK link here)
Relax Kids – How to be Happy: 52 positive activities for children is a book chock full of ideas to help kids relax, have fun and think positively. (Amazon US link)
Made by Raffi is a superb children’s book about tearing down gender stereotypes and highlighting the beauty and talent of sensitive quiet children. There’s a comprehensive review on the HSK site. (US link here)
Another Relax Kid’s book which I highly recommend. The Wishing Star is full of fabulous meditations especially written for children. My experience is that one meditation is enough to calm any of my children down within a few minutes. Amazing resource. (US link here)
Relax Kids: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet: And Other Fairy Tale Meditations for Superheroes and Princesses (Amazon.com link here). This book has proved to be perfect for helping my little HSCs switch off, time and time again, helping my children clear their mind and get some quiet time. See Relax Kids Review for more information.
Thank goodness for different indeed – my son related to the main character in this beautifully illustrated book by Leila Boukarim. You can buy Thank Goodness for Different as an e-book. (Amazon.com link here.)
Calm for Kids – Mini Meditations: Volume 2: For Ages 7 – 11 (Calm for Kids Relaxation Series) is popular in our house too. It does what it says on the cover – a great way to relax a child. (Amazon.com link here.)