Books For Kids Who Are Feeling Worried Or Anxious

A couple of years ago I shared a post with a list of books for kids that have anxiety. As a mom with anxiety- who is raising a child with anxiety- I put the resource together when I was looking for books for my own family. Knowing that many more children are struggling during this time I thought I’d share additional book suggestions since a number of new books have come out. Here is a list of more highly rated books for kids who worry or have anxiety. (This post contains affiliate links.)

Marcy’s Having All The Feels

What do you do with all your feelings? In Marcy’s Having All the Feels, counselor and therapist Allison Edwards explores how sometimes feeling so many feelings doesn’t feel so good at all. Marcy wanted to be happy. Happy is all she wanted to be. But all her other feelings kept showing up—and at the worst times! There was Frustrated and Angry, Sad and Embarrassed, and even Worried and Jealous. Her feelings were there as soon as she opened her eyes each morning, and they followed her around throughout the day. Some days all these feelings just felt like a little too much and she wanted to hide! Marcy didn’t want to feel angry or jealous. And she didn’t like feeling sad or embarrassed. Why couldn’t she be happy all the time? Then one day when Marcy’s feelings disappear, she learns that her feelings don’t have to control her, and they might even have a function. Maybe having all the feels might not be such a bad thing. And that one discovery? Well, it changes everything!

Find Your Calm: A Mindful Approach to Relieve Anxiety and Grow Your Bravery

“Anxiety can feel big and powerful. It can show up suddenly, without warning.” For many kids, it can be overwhelming. Anxiety is not just a cognitive experience. When children feel anxious, their bodies respond physically to a perceived threat. They need to feel a sense of safety before being able to figure out what to do next. Your child can follow along as the young narrator practices what helps her so that the anxiety doesn’t take over. Find Your Calm is a wonderfully accessible book that teaches children how to tap into their sense of safety when anxiety sends a false alarm, so they can find their calm. Includes simple activities for them to practice.

Worry Says What?

Allison Edwards, author of the best-selling book Why Smart Kids Worry, gives a glimpse into the ways worry whispers to young minds, and offers a powerful tool all children can use to silence those fears. “Worry’s songs tie my tummy up in knots, and the things he says make my heart beat very fast. Sometimes he speaks in a whisper, and other times his voice gets so loud I can’t hear anything else.” Worry and anxiety are currently the top mental health issues among children and teens. Children have a number of worries throughout childhood that will come and go. The problem is not with the worries themselves, but that children believe the worries to be true. With a relatable story and beautiful artwork, Worry Says What? will help children (and adults) flip their thinking when anxious thoughts begin and turn them into powerful reminders of all they are capable of accomplishing.

Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety

Having a pet dragon is very fun! But what if your dragon is constantly worrying about so many things? What if your dragon is always asking about “What If”? What should you do? You teach him how to deal with his anxiety! Fun, cute, and entertaining with beautiful illustrations, this is a must havebook for children, parents andteachers to teach kids the proper way to think, and deal with worry and anxiety!

A Little Spot of Anxiety

Anxiety comes from feelings of being worried, scared, or anxious. When these feelings are in small amounts that’s okay because they are there to help protect us, but when they get TOO BIG, they become overwhelming and need to be managed.When a child experiences anxiety it can prevent them from doing what he/she wants and and/or needs to do, which can make anxiety a disability.

Sometimes I’m Anxious: A Child’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety

This practical guide combines proven cognitive-behavioral therapy methods used by child psychologists in schools with simple activities to help your child overcome anxiety. It’s perfect for children ages 8 to 12 because a lot happens in these years that can impact a child’s emotional well-being, not just now but for years to come.

Anxious Ninja: A Children’s Book About Managing Anxiety and Difficult Emotions

Anxious Ninja experiences difficult emotions that paralyzes him until his friend gives him tips on how to handle his anxiety. Find out what happens in this comedic book about anxiety. The new children’s book series, Ninja Life Hacks, was developed to help children learn valuable life skills. Fun, pint-size characters in comedic books easy enough for young readers, yet witty enough for adults. The Ninja Life Hacks book series is geared to kids 3-11.

Don’t Feed The WorryBug

Say hello to Wince, one of the biggest worriers you will every meet. From cookies to homework to the weather, Wince worries about everything.  And when Wince starts to worry, his WorryBug appears. At first the WorryBug is small and non-threatening, but the more Wince Worries the more his WorryBug grows. Don’t Feed The WorryBug is great story to start the conversation on worry and anxiety. We all worry, it happens, but the key is to not let those worries aka the WorryBug grow to the point that it ruins your day. Soft bound book includes coloring pages and WorryBug note pages to help keep track of when the pesky WorryBug arrives.

Breathe Like A Bear: 30 Mindful Moments to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere

Breathe Like a Bear is a beautifully illustrated collection of mindfulness exercises designed to teach kids techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions. Best of all, these 30 simple, short breathing practices and movements can be performed anytime, anywhere: in the car to the grocery store, during heavy homework nights at home, or even at a child’s desk at school.

Coping Skills for Kids Workbook

Dealing with stress, anxiety and anger are important skills to learn, but not all kids learn those strategies naturally. The Coping Skills for Kids Workbook can help teach children to calm down, balance their energy and emotions, and process challenging feelings. Author Janine Halloran, LMHC, share over 75 innovative, fun and engaging activities developed from her experience in schools, outpatient mental health clinics and as a mother.

Meditation For Kids: 40 Activities to Manage Emotions, Ease Anxiety, and Stay Focused

Meditation is great for dealing with tough feelings―even for kids! It doesn’t matter if your child is upset and needs to take a minute to calm down or you just want them to be a bit more focused, Meditation for Kids has the perfect exercise to help them out.

Get more book ideas here: https://makingtimeformommy.com/2018/03/02/books-for-kids-who-struggle-with-anxiety/

 

Books For Kids Who Struggle With Anxiety

This post contains affiliate links. Also, I’m not a doctor so, if your child struggles with anxiety, please consult your child’s doctor or therapist.

I read recently that anxiety disorders affect one in eight children so, while searching for some books for my own children, I thought it would be beneficial to share the list with other parents who may be looking for some good resources. I’ve linked them all below, with the ages they are recommended for, so you can check them out more and see if they would be something that may help your child. If you have any other book suggestions I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid’s Guide to Overcoming Anxiety (Ages: 8-12)

“What to Do When You Worry Too Much” is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. It includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, PhD.

Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress (Ages: 5-12)

Faster than a speeding spitball, more powerful than a playground bully, able to breeze through homework and finish nightly chores in a single bound, it’s Master of Mindfulness—here to conquer stress, worry, and any trouble that comes your child’s way! Master of Mindfulness is a unique and empowering book written for kids by kids, with cool illustrations and tips that show kids how to be confident, get focused, stay calm, and tap into their own inner strength so that they can be their own superhero—no matter what life throws their way!

But What If?: A Book About Feeling Worried (Our Emotions & Behaviors Series) (Ages: 4-8)

Daisy’s family is moving, and Daisy is very worried. What if she doesn’t like her new home? What if her cat runs away? What if her new teacher isn’t nice? A conversation with her grandpa helps Daisy learn that many worries don’t come true—and if one does, someone will be there to help her solve the problem. The Our Emotions and Behavior series uses cheerful brightly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their emotions and actions are related—and how they can learn to manage both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

Bubble Riding: A Relaxation Story (Ages: 4-11)

Bubble Riding is a story that teaches children how to use visualizations to relax, calm down, and lower stress. A sea child and turtle take children on a relaxing bubble ride through the ocean. Children visualize filling and relaxing their mind and body with the colors of the rainbow. Children learn a fun visualization technique as they imagine filling and relaxing their mind and body with the colors of the rainbow. A sea child and turtle take children on a bubble ride through the ocean and into the world of relaxation. Visualization, also known as creative imagery, can lower stress and anxiety levels. Visualizing is the ability to form a mental image of, or use your imagination. This technique can have a positive impact on your child’s overall health, creativity, and performance.

It Will be Okay: Trusting God Through Fear and Change (Little Seed & Little Fox) (Ages: 4-8)

Whether we like it or not, growing up brings change. For many children, this conjures fears that are sometimes real and sometimes imagined. How can kids learn that even when they face new and unfamiliar situations, they don’t have to be afraid? Little Seed and Little Fox are facing changes and brand new circumstances—and they don’t like it one bit! Through this unlikely friendship, children will discover that no matter how new or fearful their circumstances, God is always with them. The whimsical art by Natalia Moore will put a smile on kids’ faces and put their minds at ease. Just as Little Seed and Little Fox learn to trust that the Farmer is good and kind, children will also learn to trust God.

What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried: A Guide for Kids (Ages: 9-13)

From a dread of spiders to panic attacks, kids have worries and fears, just like adults. This is a book kids can turn to when they need advice, reassurance, and ideas. They’ll find out where fears and worries come from, practice Fear Chasers and Worry Erasers, and learn to seek help for hard-to-handle fears they can’t manage on their own. 

Wilma Jean the Worry Machine (Ages: 5-8)

Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America. Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability. This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety. The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety. For those worries that are not in anyones control (i.e. the weather,) a worry hat is introduced. A fun read for Wilmas of all ages!

Please Explain Anxiety to Me! Simple Biology and Solutions for Children and Parents, 2nd Edition (Growing With Love) (Ages: 5-8)

This book translates anxiety from the jargon of psychology into concrete experiences that children can relate to. Children and their parents will understand the biological and emotional components of anxiety responsible for the upsetting symptoms they experience. Please Explain Anxiety to Me, 2nd Edition gives accurate physiological information in child friendly language. A colorful dinosaur story explains the link between brain and body functioning, followed by practical therapeutic techniques that children can use to help themselves.

Outsmarting Worry: An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety (Ages: 9-13)

Worry has a way of growing, shifting from not-a-big-deal to a VERY BIG DEAL in the blink of an eye. This big-deal Worry is tricky, luring children into behaviours that keep the anxiety cycle going. Children often find it hard to fight back against Worry, but not anymore. Outsmarting Worry teaches 9-13 year olds and the adults who care about them a specific set of skills that makes it easier to face – and overcome – worries and fears. Smart, practical, proven techniques are presented in language immediately accessible to children with an emphasis on shifting from knowing to doing, from worried to happy and free.

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Here’s an updated list of books for 2020: https://makingtimeformommy.com/2020/10/02/books-for-kids-feeling-worried-anxious/

Books for kids who are feeling anxious and worried