Books, CDs and Apps for Highly Sensitive People

The following 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. (See the end of this post for free trials for books and kids’ resources).

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 ChildThe Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When the World Overwhelms Them by Dr Elaine Aron 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.

Amazon UK: here
Amazon US: here here
Audio Book on ITunes here

If yoThe Highly Sensitive Personu 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.

Amazon UK: here
Amazon US: here (for readers in NL): here

Also available as an audiobook (UK) and (US)

The Highly Sensitive Person Audio Book





The Highly Sensitive Person in Love

The third title by highly sensitive person expert Elaine Aron, The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You, for helping manage relationships as a HSP.

Amazon UK: here 
Amazon US: here (for readers in NL): here
Audio Book on ITunes here

QuietYou could say that Susan Cain’s 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.

Amazon UK: here  

Amazon US: here (for readers in NL): here
Audio Book on ITunes here

Raising an Emotionally Healthy BoyRaise 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.

Amazon UK: here

Amazon US: here (for readers in NL): here


The Strong Sensitive Boy

The Strong, Sensitive Boy by Ted Zeff is a fantastic and helpful read for those of you parenting sensitive boys.

Amazon UK: here

Amazon US: here (Also available as audiobook) here
Audio Book on ITunes here

I Believe in YouI Believe in You: A Mother & Daughter’s Special Journey by Michele Gianetti. The author takes the reader on a journey of parenting a child with dyspraxia and sensory processing disorder.

Amazon UK: here

Amazon US: here (for readers in NL): here

Audio Book on ITunes here

Far from the TreeFar From The Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity by Andrew Solomon who “tells the stories of parents who not only learn to deal with their exceptional children but also find profound meaning in doing so”.

Amazon UK: here

Amazon US: here (for readers in NL): here


Far From the Tree Andrew Solomon

Audio Book on ITunes here

Understanding the HSCI thoroughly recommend Jamie Williamson’s Understanding the Highly Sensitive Child: Seeing an Overwhelming World through Their Eyes 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 comprehensive review here.

Amazon UShere

Amazon UK: here

Calm Kids BookCalm Kids – Help Children Relax with Mindful Activities by Lorraine E. Murray 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.

Amazon US:here

Amazon UK: here (for readers in NL): here

Better Than BeforeGretchen Rubin’s ‘Better than Before’ 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.

Amazon US: here

Amazon UK: here (for readers in NL): here

Audio Book on ITunes here

The Happiness Project‘The Happiness Project’ by Gretchin Rubin is one of my favourite reads and a book, despite reading it years ago for the first time, that encourages me every day to remember to ‘Be Amanda’.

Life as a parent is summed up beautifully by Gretchin:

““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. 🙂

Amazon US here
Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here
Book Depository  (free worldwide delivery)

Audio Book on ITunes here

The Opposite of Worry Book CoverA recommended read from the HSK community, this is a book to help you help your child with their anxieties and fears: The Opposite of Worry by Lawrence J. Cohen
Amazon US here
Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here
Audio Book on ITunes here

Differently WiredDifferently Wired by Deborah Reber is a recommended read from the Amsterdam Mamas community about children who need something that the conventional systems just don’t offer or recognise the need for. If you are fed up of having to squeeze your round peg child into society’s square hole this is for you.
Amazon US here
Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

There are two apps I highly recommend when it comes to emptying your bucket


Calm AppCalm for sleep, relaxation and meditation.
Headspace appHeadspace is an app for guided meditations and mindfulness techniques.

Books for Highly Sensitive Children

Long Hat is a Hero   Langmuts is een Held

Long Hat is a Hero is a wonderful book for highly sensitive children (translated from Langmuts is een Held, a Dutch book written by Josina Intrabartolo).

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 Magic Wings Book

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 OliverAll 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.

Amazon US here
Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

The Goodnight Caterpillar This story uses a stress management technique to relax and calm children, which makes The Goodnight Caterpillar the perfect bedtime story.

Amazon US here

Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

How to be Happy - Relax KidsRelax 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 here

Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

Made by Raffi Book CoverMade by Raffi by Craig Pomranz 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.

Amazon US here

Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

Relax Kids : The Wishing StarThis is 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.

Amazon US here

Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

Relax KidsRelax Kids: Aladdin’s Magic Carpet: And Other Fairy Tale Meditations for Superheroes and Princesses. 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.

Amazon US here

Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

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 US here

Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

Calm for KidsCalm 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 US here
Amazon UK here (for readers in NL) here

Sleep Meditations for ChildrenSleep Meditations for Kids by leading yoga teacher and Montessori teacher Christiane Kerr is a great tool to help children who have difficulty switching off at bedtime.

You can buy this meditation as an app on ITunes

Further Resources

Amazon Audible

If audio books are your thing then Audible membership is a bargain. Check out membership details here: (UK) & (US). Some of Elaine Aron’s books are available on Audible, as are Ted Zeff’s. My kids are huge audio book fans and listen to stories every night at bedtime, after they’ve read with one of us.

Amazon Kindle Unlimited here (UK) (US)

Amazon Freetime Unlimited  (US) for access to lots of children’s content.

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited (UK)

Amazon Music Unlimited (US)


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  8. Toby says:

    Hi Amanda….did you hear about the book “Henry and his Super Heart Force”? A wonderful book for highly sensitive children (and parents). I can recommend it and would like to ask if you want to put it in your category here? I think, it would be helpful for many kids and parents You can get further informations on the website of the author –
    Regards, Toby


  9. Ted Zeff says:

    This a great website chock full of lots of information for raising highly sensitive children. I thought you may be interested in a review of my new book “The Power of Sensitivity about raising sensitive children.
    Parenting Highly Sensitive Children

    By Ritu Kaushal

    Dr Ted Zeff’s wonderful new book “The Power of Sensitivity: Success Stories by Highly Sensitive People Thriving in a Non-sensitive World” gives us many insights into what it means to be a sensitive person. It gives us the privilege of looking through the window as many different highly sensitive children and adult lives change for the better.

    One such story that deeply touched me is told by Cecilia Bonnevie, who talks about the gifts and challenges of raising an HSP son. Cecilia talks about the deep appreciation that they have for their eight-year old son’s sensitivity. He has deep sympathy for people. He has recently turned vegetarian because he feels so sad for the animals that get killed. He is not afraid of expressing his warmth and deep love for people who matter a lot to him.

    At the same time, this greatly heightened sensitivity also means that he gets easily overwhelmed, especially when he is entering a new situation. He needs to be well-prepared to perform at his best. He needs guidance in understanding and dealing with his emotional reactions.

    What’s so heart-warming is the love and thoughtfulness that Cecilia and her husband pour into guiding him in learning about who he is and how he can use that to the greatest advantage. Cecilia tells us about how when her son needs to enter a potentially over-stimulating environment, her husband and she take extra care to prepare him for the shift.

    “For example, a week before school started we went to his new school as a family, played at the playground, and talked about his feelings and fears of starting a new school and meeting new friends. We assured him that he wasn’t alone in feeling overwhelmed and anxious and let him know that other kids felt the same way on their first day of school. Since the teachers in our school put up a list of children’s and their teacher’s names before school starts, our son felt more relaxed and confident having this information beforehand.”

    Cecilia talks about how they work closely with their son’s teachers and help to inform them about his trait in a way that would not “label” him. They also give then a copy of “The Twenty Tips for Teachers” from Elaine Aron’s book The Highly Sensitive Child. This proactive approach helps create a much more understanding environment for her son.

    Cecilia also shows us how love can shape a child’s sense of self. When she notices that her son does not participate in big groups because he is overstimulated by the noise and commotion, she starts volunteering for field trips and in gym class. She plays with other kids so that her son can see how much fun it could be to join in on all the fun and games. He just observes her the first few times she volunteers, but pretty soon, he starts participating. As he starts discovering himself and his abilities, he finds that he is, in fact, very athletic and a fast runner. This, further, adds to his confidence.

    Cecilia and her husband show us how parenting a sensitive child is about working with their sensitivity, and not against it. They don’t try to impose any outer standards of behavior on their son. Instead, they unconditionally love him for who he is.

    They see all the amazing gifts of sensitivity, and give it shape and direction. Their love and acceptance ensures that their son become more and more confident as time goes on. He participates in the world around him, and discovers who he is in the process.

    This heart-warming real-life story tells us of the ways in which parents can nurture their sensitive children. When the child feels this love and interest, it is natural for him to grow into someone who also loves and accepts themselves. This is one of the gifts that understanding parents can give HSP children – the self-acceptance that is at the core of later success and happiness in life.

    For more information about “The Power of Sensitivity” please click on the link below:

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