More Children’s Books About Anxiety
More Children’s Books About Anxiety
Here’s another set of children’s books about anxiety.
Anxiety is a normal human emotion. But children must learn to recognize the signs of anxiety. They should also be able to develop coping strategies on their own.
Books can help children explore their own anxieties. By reading about anxious characters and situations in a safe, comfortable environment, children learn about things that may be worrying them. They also discover some of the ways that these fears could be dealt with.
To help children explore their own worries and anxieties, here’s a list of children’s books about anxiety. This list is noteworthy because it consists of books that are more well-known in the UK but are not as popular in the US.
If your child’s worries interfere with their regular activities, please see a doctor.
No Worries! Mindful Kids: An activity book for young people who sometimes feel anxious or stressed
by Lily Murray (Author), Katie Abey (Illustrator)
For children aged 7 and up
This is an interactive self-help activity book designed to guide children aged 7 and up. This is one of the more popular children’s books about anxiety in the UK. It includes encouraging yet simple activities and exercises that tackle anxiety, sadness, and stress. Children will enjoy using their creativity to face negative feelings, understand why they feel worried through writing, coloring, doodling, and drawing. The quirky pictures in the book will keep readers entertained and focused as they work through the book. Or children may just dive into the book for short calm coloring sessions.
Author Lily Murray writes fiction and non-fiction children’s books. Dr. Sharie Coombes, a Child and Family Psychotherapist, provides the introduction to the book, as well as copious notes for parents. Katie Abey, a UK-based illustrator, provides the charming illustrations.
The Huge Bag of Worries
by Virginia Ironside (Author), Frank Rodgers (Illustrator)
For children aged 3 to 5 years
This is a story of a little girl named Jenny. Everywhere she goes, she carries her worries with her in a big, blue bag. The bag is huge, as it carries a lot of Jenny’s worries. She worries about her dog’s fleas, her grades, and what people say behind her back. Moreover, her best friend is also moving away. Every day, more and more worries go into the bag and it becomes bigger and heavier. To make matters worse, it follows her everywhere she goes. She tries talking to her brother about her worries but it doesn’t help. Jenny also feels like she can’t talk to her mum and dad about them. She decides the bag has to go but who can help her?
Popular author and agony aunt Virginia Ironside wrote this whimsical book. She patiently explains that children do have worries. In this book, she emphasizes the importance of talking about worries, and how it can help in relieving the adverse effects of anxiety.
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William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day
by Sara Naish (Author), Rosie Jefferies (Author, Amy Farrell (Illustrator)
For children aged 3 to 10 years
This is the story of William Wobbly. He is having a very bad day. He didn’t want to go to school so he was having a wobbly feeling. And when he finally got to school, things just got worse. The wobbly feeling got bigger and bigger. But fortunately, his new mum helps him with his wibbly wobbly feelings.
This book deals with common emotional and behavioral difficulties that adopted and fostered children often experience. Through William Wobbly’s character, children identify with his difficulties and resulting behaviors. Sarah Naish and her daughter Rosie Jefferies wrote this book. Sarah is a best selling author and advocate of therapeutic parenting. She is described as a Super Mum who has been fostering and adopting for close to 30 years. Rosie herself used to have a lot of wobbly feelings when she was little. Together they have written a series of books to help children cope with the fostering experience.
by Anthony Browne (Author, Illustrator)
For children aged 4 to 8 years
This story is about Silly Billy. He worries about everything. He worries about his shoes that might march out the window, and giant birds that might carry him away. Billy is so worried that he cannot sleep. His Grandma introduces him to tiny, colorful worry dolls. He whispers his worries to the dolls and he sleeps like a log. For a while, his worries go away, but he soon finds himself worrying again. This time, he worries that the worry dolls have too much to worry about. So he made worry dolls for the worry dolls. And he made worry dolls for those worry dolls. And soon, the house is filled with worry dolls but everyone felt better, if not silly.
Anthony Browne, a Hans Christian Andersen Medalist, wrote and illustrated this cute little book that helps children with anxiety. He introduces the use of worry dolls to address the problem of anxiety.
See also: How to Use Worry Dolls
by Peta Rainford (Author)
For children aged 5 to 8 years
This is a story of a little boy named Joe Jackson. He was a very brave little boy who never felt fear. He was not afraid of the dark, nor of heights. Until one day, he has an accident, and ‘The Niggle’ creeps into his ear. The tiny monster whispers doubts in his ear and makes him afraid. Will Joe Jackson regain his bravery, and learn how to overcome his fears?
This is one of the newer children’s books about anxiety. Published November 2017, this book is wonderfully written in rhyme. It consists of short paragraphs surrounded by full-page illustrations. The book is also delightfully interactive. It includes some illustrations that are left uncolored, so a child can color them in.
Self-published and independent author Peta Rainford wrote and illustrated this remarkable book.