Perfectly Imperfect Stories: Meet 28 Inspiring People and Discover Their Mental Health Stories

Laurence King. Feb. 2021. 64p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781786279200.
Gr 4-6–A colorful book about a diverse group of well-known role models who all live with mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, this work will help readers understand that it’s OK not to be OK and that everyone struggles. Subjects include artists such as Frida Kahlo and athletes like Serena Williams. Each spread features information about their personal lives and careers and how they’ve dealt with their mental health. The text is accompanied by a photo of each person and doodle-like illustrations scattered on the pages. The volume gently explains what different mental heath issues can look and feel like without being too heavy for elementary-age children. The back matter also offers information on organizations that can help young people with their own mental health struggles.
VERDICT An important book to help normalize discussions about mental health, this is a welcome addition to most library collections.

Be the first reader to comment.

Comment Policy:
  • Be respectful, and do not attack the author, people mentioned in the article, or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  • Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  • Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.
  • Comments may be republished in print, online, or other forms of media.
  • If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.



We are currently offering this content for free. Sign up now to activate your personal profile, where you can save articles for future viewing