Books for Kids: Anxiety

  • Books for Kids: Anxiety

Help your child out with learning and understanding their anxiety.

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Name and Tame Your Anxiety

Summer Batte

A book to help kids understand and manage anxiety, with specific information for kids diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

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Silly Billy

Anthony Browne

To help with his anxiety, Billy uses the tiny, colorful worry dolls his grandmother recommends, but he finds that they do not quite solve his problem when he starts worrying about them!

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The Big Test

Julie Danneberg

Mrs. Hartwell is preparing her class to take the Big Test. Knowing they have studied and are well-prepared, she helps the students practice how to sit quietly, fill in the bubbles, and follow the directions. She even instructs them on proper morning-of-the-test nutrition. As her students grow increasingly anxious about the Big Test, Mrs. Hartwell realizes she has to teach the most valuable test-taking skill of all: learning to relax!

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Crying is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings

Heather Hawk Feinberg

A gentle metaphor for understanding and processing anxiety and sadness. Feelings come and go like the weather, and crying is like the rain. The words of this gentle book elaborate this soothing, encouraging theme, while the pictures tell a story of a little boy tearfully bound for his first day of school in the company of his older and wiser sister. “Have you ever noticed that after a storm ends, the whole earth feels like it took a big deep breath? And then we can search for a beautiful rainbow. It’s the same for you and me. When we relax into our tears, we remember they have lessons to teach us. They are here to connect us to ourselves, deep inside. We can learn to express and share our feelings in ways that are safe for everyone. And then we can look inside for our very own rainbow. Crying is like the rain.”

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What to Do When You Feel Too Shy

Claire A. B. Freeland, Jacqueline B. Toner

What To Do When You Feel Too Shy is meant to help kids with social phobias and anxiety using an approach based on cognitive behavioural principles. Through a variety of examples, activities and step-by-step instructions, children aged 6-12 will learn how to speak up, participate, and expand their comfort zones. Includes a 'Note to Parents and Caregivers'. Ages 6-12.

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Leif and the Fall

Allison Sweet Grant, Adam Grant

Leif is a leaf. A worried leaf. It is autumn, and Leif is afraid to fall. 'All leaves fall in the fall,' say the other leaves. But Leif is determined to find a different way down, and with his friend Laurel, he uses the resources around him to create a net, a kite, and a parachute in hopes of softening his landing. The clock is ticking, the wind is blowing. What will happen when a gust of wind pulls Leif from his branch?

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All Birds Have Anxiety

Kathy Hoopmann

Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it. Following the style of the best-selling All Cats Have Asperger Syndrome and All Dogs Have ADHD, wonderful colour photographs express the complex and difficult ideas related to anxiety disorder in an easy-to-understand way. This simple yet profound book validates the deeper everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an empathic understanding of the many symptoms associated with anxiety, and offers compassionate suggestions for change. The combination of understanding and gentle humour make this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.

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What to Do When You Worry Too Much

Dawn Huebner, Ph.D.

Teaches school-age children cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce and overcome anxiety, fears, and worry, through writing and drawing activities and self-help exercises and strategies. Includes introduction for parents.

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First Grade Jitters

Robert Quackenbush

Here is the story of a young boy who is about to enter first grade and doesn't know quite what to expect. Will his friends be there? Will he have to know how to read and spell? What if he can't understand anything his teacher says? Looks like a case of first grade jitters! Robert Quackenbush and Yan Nascimbene tell a reassuring story that is sure to chase away those jitters for any soon-to-be first grader.

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Stress Can Really Get on Your Nerves

Trevor Romain, Elizabeth Verdick

Uses silly jokes and light-hearted cartoons along with serious advice to help readers recognize the causes of stress and its effects and learn how to handle worry, anxiety, and stress.

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Math Curse

Jon Scieszka

When the teacher tells her class that they can think of almost everything as a math problem, one student acquires a math anxiety which becomes a real curse.

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Jake Starts School

Michael Wright

Wright presents a laugh-out-loud look at one family's first day of school and the dilemma of separation.

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