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As you may know from some of my previous posts, C has been displaying lots of signs of anxiety lately. While we’re still not sure of any underlying cause as yet, we have been trying to find ways to help her in managing these feelings. Books are always an amazing way to communicate with children and help them to understand things in life, including their own emotions. I thought I’d share some of the books we’ve been reading, and a few other lovely ones I’ve found. So here are 10 amazing children’s books for anxiety 🙂
1. Ruby’s Worry
This is one of my favourite children’s books for anxiety. It tells the story of Ruby, a little girl who has a worry that gets bigger and bigger every day. I think it’s excellent in the way it visually shows the worry as a burden that Ruby has to carry. And it keeps on growing and growing until Ruby shares it with someone else. It’s a great story for encouraging children to talk about their anxieties.
2. The Huge Bag Of Worries
The Huge Bag Of Worries is a lovely picture book that encourages children to open up about their fears and anxieties. Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her – in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time – at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them? It’s funny and reassuring and a great way to spark conversations with children about managing their feelings.
3. The Very Hungry Worry Monsters
The Very Hungry Worry Monsters is a fun and engaging picture book with friendly illustrations, to help children identify their anxieties. It’s simple to read and is a great resource for teachers and parents to use with children.
4. The Lion Inside
The twigs have been fans of this lovely book for a long time. It’s not exactly about anxiety directly, but is about putting your worries to one side and having confidence in yourself. The Lion Inside is about a tiny mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar. He discovers that even the biggest, bossiest people are scared sometimes. And that even the smallest creatures can have the heart of a lion!
5. Find Your Calm
Find Your Calm is a really accessible book which teaches children simple grounding activities and mindfulness coping tools for when they feel anxious. Children can follow along and learn as the young narrator practices strategies that keep the anxiety from taking over.
6. The Worry Monster’s Machine
The Worry Monster’s Machine is a whimsical rhyming story to help children develop tools to overcome their worries. Elsie and Tom go on an adventure to meet the Worry Monster and use his fantastical machine. What will fall out of the slot? Both children learn that worries are only as scary as we allow them to be.
7. The Worrysaurus
This is another fantastic book for younger readers by Rachel Bright, author of The Lion Inside. It tells the story of Worrysaurus, who has planned a lovely picnic but finds his worries start to get in the way. Can he chase his fears away and have fun?
8. Outsmarting Worry
Outsmarting Worry is a book for teaching older kids and the adults who care about them specific skills to help them face and overcome worries. Written in language that’s accessible for children, and with cool black and white illustrations, this is a fab book for improving kids’ happiness.
9. Usborne Unworry books
The Unworry range from Usborne features a variety of books, mostly aimed at slightly older children. They are great for helping children to unwind and deal with anxiety.
The Unworry Book is aimed at children aged 9+. It’s a whole toolkit of things to calm children down, where they can write their worries and complete lots of mindfulness activities. There is also an Unworry Doodle Book and an Unhurry Book full of relaxing activities for busy brains.
We have the Unworry and Unhurry Magic Painting books, as these are aimed for children who are aged 5+. Magic painting is always a winner for us anyway as it’s such an easy and mess-free activity! The illustrations in these ones are lovely though, and really helpful for getting the twiglets to chill out for a while.
10. Your Mood Journal
There are various mood journals out there for children, but I really love this one written and designed by Fearne Cotton. It’s aimed at kids of about 7 and over, but I’ve still found it really great to use with C (she’s 5 1/2 and a fairly confident writer).
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If you’re a member of Twinkl, you can also check out their fab resource called ‘The Worry Box Activity Pack’ for lots of excellent ideas on how to support children with anxiety.
I hope this list of amazing children’s books for anxiety has given you some good ideas. Let me know if there are others you love! 🙂
Thanks for reading! Til next time,
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