Comforting Books for Little Kids

In uncertain times, reassuring stories can help kids feel loved and secure. The books on our list show young characters -- whether animal or human -- feeling loved and valued, getting through difficulties with the aid of friends and family, and showing resilience. Many of these books make great read-alouds, too, at bedtime or anytime. Create a special memory by cozying up with your little one and one of these books. For more comforting stories, check out our Bedtime Books, Self-Esteem Books, and Love Books for Little Ones.

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Guess How Much I Love You Book Poster Image
Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.
By Sam McBratney
(2004)
(1996)
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I Love You Always and Forever Book Poster Image
Heartwarming, huggy mouse tale for tots.
By Jonathan Emmett
(2007)
(2007)
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The Runaway Bunny Book Poster Image
Sweet, imaginative story makes little ones feel secure.
By Margaret Wise Brown
(2011)
(1942)
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Just Because You're Mine Book Poster Image
Fun look at a father's unconditional love great for bedtime.
By Sally Lloyd-Jones
(2012)
(2011)
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Grumpy Monkey Book Poster Image
Warm, funny lesson about a monkey’s bad mood.
By Suzanne Lang
(2019)
(2018)
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Hair Love Book Poster Image
Lively, loving celebration of a dad, daughter, and her hair.
By Matthew A. Cherry
(2019)
(2019)
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I Am Perfectly Designed Book Poster Image
Gentle, loving tale of an affirming father-son relationship.
By Karamo Brown, Jason "Rachel" Brown
(2020)
(2019)
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Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark Book Poster Image
Cute dino and friend face their fear together in sweet tale.
By Jonathan Stutzman
(2019)
(2020)
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The Cool Bean Book Poster Image
Sweet, whimsical tale encourages empathy and kindness.
By Jory John
(2020)
(2020)
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Good Night, Little Blue Truck Book Poster Image
Friends weather a storm together in reassuring bedtime tale.
By Alice Schertle
(2019)
(2019)
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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love Book Poster Image
Knitting = love in this warm and fuzzy tale of kindness.
By Michelle Edwards
(2016)
(2016)
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I Am Enough Book Poster Image
Girl celebrates herself in poetic picture book.
By Grace Byers
(2019)
(2019)
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I Believe I Can Book Poster Image
Poetic picture book encourages self-esteem and optimism.
By Grace Byers
(2020)
(2020)
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I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home Book Poster Image
Animals go to extremes in fun book about love.
By Kathryn Cristaldi
(2019)
(2019)
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My Papi Has a Motorcycle Book Poster Image
A thrilling ride celebrates love and Latinx culture.
By Isabel Quintero
(2019)
(2019)
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers Book Poster Image
Mister Rogers' songs stand up as uplifting, fun poems.
By Fred Rogers
(2019)
(2019)
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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm Book Poster Image
Reassuring tale soothes fears, promotes sharing feelings.
By LeVar Burton, Susan Schaefer Bernardo
(2014)
(2014)
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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Book Poster Image
Kids will love this account of a boy's bad day.
By Judith Viorst
(2003)
(1972)
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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
(2014)
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Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself Book Poster Image
Endearing monster finds we're all a bit weird in sweet tale.
By Matthew Gray Gubler
(2019)
(2019)
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Stella Díaz Never Gives Up: Stella Díaz, Book 2 Book Poster Image
Girl becomes activist, navigates friendships in fun story.
By Angela Dominguez
(2020)
(2020)
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Frazzled: Everyday Disasters and Impending Doom: Frazzled, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Girl conquers middle school worries in fun graphic novel.
By Booki Vivat
(2016)
(2016)
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Things Seen from Above Book Poster Image
Kids discover a quirky loner's talent in lovely, kind story.
By Shelley Pearsall
(2020)
(2020)
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