Sibling with Depression

Children with a sibling struggling with their mood often feel worried about their sibling, frightened by a sibling’s irritability, or mad at their sibling for being “mean.” Books about this experience can help non-depressed siblings feel seen and reassured that no one is to blame for their sibling’s depression, and that a better future lies ahead. I wish there were more books on this important topic.
Age range: 1st grade through 4th grade.
Recommended for: This book is ideal for a child whose sibling is going through a depressive episode and seems “wolfish” (i.e., irritable and grumpy). It is particularly well-suited for a child who might be worried that they no longer matter to their sibling due to a sibling’s irritability or withdrawal from family interactions.