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Welcome to A Novel Mind, a resource to help you discover quality children's literature addressing children's neurodiversity and mental health issues.
According to 2019 CDC data, one in six U.S. children aged 2 to 8 years has a diagnosed mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder. Books are one of the best ways to reach those kids and their peers, who may wonder what being "differently brained" means. Stories can create empathy and increase understanding. They can frame a conversation, and help kids realize they are not alone.
Our site offers you two main resources: (1) our Database, and (2) our Blog Page, where today's preeminent children's writers write about aspects of mental health, neurodiversity, and children's books every week. Click the link above and check it out. Or:
Our user-friendly database features hundreds of books. Please note that the nearly 700 books are not reviewed or rated by us. The database is meant as an aggregated informational starting point for teachers, librarians, therapists, parents, and writers as they compile reading lists.
“A Novel Mind is an invaluable resource for educators, librarians, parents, authors, and -- most importantly -- young readers. Books can change and even save lives, and A Novel Mind is helping them do exactly that.”
- Jarret Lerner, author and child literacy advocate