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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

Ruby's Worry childrens books for anxiety

Age: 5+

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.

twins reading Ruby's Worry childrens books for anxiety

2. The Huge Bag Of Worries

The Huge Bag Of Worries childrens books for anxiety

Age: 2+

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

Age: 4-8

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 Lion Inside childrens books for anxiety

Age: 3-5

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!

Twins with The Lion Inside childrens books for anxiety

5. Find Your Calm

Find Your Calm childrens books for anxiety

Age: 4+

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  childrens books for anxiety

Age: 5+

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

The Worrysaurus childrens books for anxiety

Age: 1-5

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 childrens books for anxiety

Age: 9-13

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

Usborne Unworry Book childrens books for anxiety

Age: Various

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.

Usborne Magic Painting childrens books for anxiety

10. Your Mood Journal

Your Mood Journal childrens books for anxiety

Age: 7+

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,

Hannah xx

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  1. It’s so wonderful that there is such a range of books to support children’s feelings. We have the Unworry Doodle book and the Unworry Magic Painting and love them! #KCACOLS

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      Ahh the Doodle one looks lovely 🙂 It is so fab that there are so many 🙂 xx

    • Books that help children to understand and deal with their emotions and feelings are so important. We have Ruby’s Worry already but I’ll definitely look into getting some of the others as they sound fab! #KCACOLS

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        Yes definitely, we love Ruby’s Worry – such a lovely book 🙂

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      Definitely, so important 🙂 xx

    • Reply

      Aw definitely, they’re so lovely 🙂

  2. Wow, you really did your research. Did you have a favourite? I’m personally a fan of artist Jim Field. cheers #KCACOLS

    • Reply

      We’ve always loved The Lion Inside, even from when the twigs were teeny 🙂 So many lovely books 😀

  3. joarosetintedworld Reply

    Lovely ideas, I hadnt heard of a lot of these. And anything we can do to help little anxious ones is great right now #KCACOLS

    • Reply

      Definitely, kids have had it pretty tough lately 🙁 xx

    • Reply

      Yes it’s so useful! Books are so fabulous 🙂 x

  4. They all look like cute books but I’d really like to read the Worry Monster – cute! #MMBC

    • Reply

      So cute isn’t it 🙂 Thanks xx

  5. Sorry to hear that you have an anxious child. As I read this post I thought about ‘Thank Goodness For Bob’ by Matthew Morgan and Gabriel Alborozo which is a fantastic story for helping children to understand that worrying is normal. I have a review of the book on Story Snug if you are interested.


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      Ooh thank you, I will check it out 🙂 xx

  6. I love the sound of these books. It’s so important to teach our children how to manage their worries. I’m tempted to add a couple of these to our library at home. #MMBC

    • Reply

      Yes definitely important 🙂 Books are such a great way in to these conversations aren’t they 🙂

      • They are. We have similar ones that we’ve used to help Sophie when it comes to grief. Popping back from #KidsandKreativity

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          Aww that must be so tricky to navigate, books are helpful for so many things aren’t they xx

  7. Karen Dennis Reply

    Thanks for bringing some books that I was not aware of to my attention #kidsandkreativity@_karendennis

    • Reply

      Teehee no problem 🙂 x

  8. This book list has blown me away, I really like the sound of ‘find your calm’ and ‘your mood journal’. My son has suffered with anxiety for over a year now and i’m sure the journal will help him. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS

    • Reply

      Aww bless him, hope he’s doing ok. Glad you like the books 🙂

  9. I didn’t realise there were so many books to help kids with anxiety, I’d only heard about Ruby’s Worry so it’s nice to discover some more to add to our collection. I love that some of them teach mindfulness skills, something that’s been very helpful for me. Introducing it to children is a great idea!

    Katrina x

    • Reply

      Yep totally agree! 🙂 xx

  10. Awww what a lovely collection of books. We’ve not seen all of these, but Ruby’s worry and Lion inside are favourites for us 🙂 Thank you for joining us for #MischiefAndMemories xx

    • Reply

      Aw thanks, glad it was useful – we love those two too 🙂

  11. I haven’t read any of these but I’m sure there will be some grateful parents reading this post. Lockdown has been so hard on our kids and the return to school could easily increase anxiety further. Thanks for linking up with #MischiefAndMemories

    • Reply

      Ahh thank you, yes that’s very true – going back will certainly be tough on some kiddies 🙁 Hope you’re all doing ok x

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      Aw yes that one does look lovely 🙂 xx

  13. I really love how you’ve included books for all age ranges here. My children are 7 and 9, and I think they would still love some of the story books but also the books aimed at older children look like they would be really helpful for them both. x #KCACOLS

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