A Kids Book About Depression


Quick Take

A personal story of depression and how the author found help.


For Ages 7+

What's Inside

This is a book about depression. It doesn’t shy away from both the complexities of depression or what getting help might look like. It gives an honest perspective into what depression feels like, what life looks like with it, and the hope that comes with being known and being loved through it.


About the Author

Kileah is a writer, musician, knitter, and lover of all things Middle Earth. She and her husband raise hobbits and chickens in the verdant wilds of Washington State.


Book Details

Hardback Size: 8in. x 10in.
ISBN: 978-1-951253-04-2
Printed in the USA

eBook Format: EPUB
eBook ISBN: 978-1-951253-11-0
eBook Compatability: iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices only
64 Pages

Copyright 2019
Designed in Portland, Oregon

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews

Good book. Very tough topic. Not sure if I would use this with K-2 kids.


Lacking substance. Disappointing.

Practical, simple, and compassionate

This book removes the veil over depression, often seen in the most complicated and sinister terms, and brings a relieving framework for those struggling to get a handle on what others are suffering. This author is honest without being "poor me." She speaks simply and whimsically, but without trivializing the issue. Even as an adult reader, I found myself saying, "YES, that's exactly how I felt when I was depressed!" and being encouraged that it's not the end of the world. If you know a child who interacts with a depressed loved one and is anxious about what it all means, get this book. It will bring them peace of mind. —Lisa Rae Morris, author of Time Tree: The Emergence

Beautiful Book

This book helps me talk to my kids about depression and why it’s important to talk, share &be open with our family. We were just going through and still are going through a difficult time with suicide close to home and this book came at the right time. Thank you Kileah for this amazing book.

A Light in the Darkness

Amazing! I have a niece who is dealing with depression and I thought this might be a great book that she and her mom could read together. Before giving it to them, I read it myself. It's simple in it's presentation, but the message is so powerful! The author, Kileah McIlvain, gives families a way to begin the conversation about depression by sharing her own journey, her own feelings, in a way that children can understand. This book gives children a way to articulate their own feelings and challenges; it lets them know that they are not alone.
Anyone who is trying to support a child facing depression should have this book! I've purchased two more--you never know when a friend might need a good book.