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

age 2+

Sentimental bunny tale tugs on the heartstrings.

By: Sam McBratney (1996)
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I Love You Always and Forever

age 2+

Heartwarming, huggy mouse tale for tots.

By: Jonathan Emmett (2007)
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The Runaway Bunny

age 2+

Sweet, imaginative story makes little ones feel secure.

By: Margaret Wise Brown (1942)
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Just Because You're Mine

age 3+

Fun look at a father's unconditional love great for bedtime.

By: Sally Lloyd-Jones (2011)
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Grumpy Monkey

age 3+

Warm, funny lesson about a monkey’s bad mood.

By: Suzanne Lang (2018)
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Hair Love

age 3+

Lively, loving celebration of a dad, daughter, and her hair.

By: Matthew A. Cherry (2019)
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I Am Perfectly Designed

age 3+

Gentle, loving tale of an affirming father-son relationship.

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Tiny T. Rex and the Very Dark Dark

age 3+

Cute dino and friend face their fear together in sweet tale.

By: Jonathan Stutzman (2020)
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The Cool Bean

age 4+

Sweet, whimsical tale encourages empathy and kindness.

By: Jory John (2020)
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Good Night, Little Blue Truck

age 4+

Friends weather a storm together in reassuring bedtime tale.

By: Alice Schertle (2019)
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A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story About Knitting and Love

age 4+

Knitting = love in this warm and fuzzy tale of kindness.

By: Michelle Edwards (2016)
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I Am Enough

age 4+

Girl celebrates herself in poetic picture book.

By: Grace Byers (2019)
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I Believe I Can

age 4+

Poetic picture book encourages self-esteem and optimism.

By: Grace Byers (2020)
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I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home

age 4+

Animals go to extremes in fun book about love.

By: Kathryn Cristaldi (2019)
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My Papi Has a Motorcycle

age 4+

A thrilling ride celebrates love and Latinx culture.

By: Isabel Quintero (2019)
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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: The Poetry of Mister Rogers

age 5+

Mister Rogers' songs stand up as uplifting, fun poems.

By: Fred Rogers (2019)
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The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm

age 5+

Reassuring tale soothes fears, promotes sharing feelings.

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Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

age 6+

Kids will love this account of a boy's bad day.

By: Judith Viorst (1972)
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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1

age 6+

Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.

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Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging, and Being Yourself

age 6+

Endearing monster finds we're all a bit weird in sweet tale.

By: Matthew Gray Gubler (2019)
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