Books on: Anxiety

Books that acknowledge children's feelings of anxiety, worry and stress and seek to reassure them that they are not alone.

No Matter What
Author: Debi Gliori
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May provide reassurance for an insecure or anxious child that their parents' love for them is unconditional and constant, despite the circumstances. It sensitively reinforces the message that love carries on, even after someone dies.
The key message behind this simple and beautiful book for small children is that the love a parent... read more

Tags: comfort, bereavement, anxiety, death, divorce, emotions, family, father, fears, loss, love, mother, sadness, separation anxiety, serious illness, terminal illness

What Makes Me Happy?
Author: Catherine Anholt
Illustrator: Laurence Anholt
How this book may help: May help a child to identify emotions they are experiencing and encourage them to discuss any they feel uncomfortable with. Reassures children that it is normal to experience a wide range of emotions.
Each double page spread in this book focuses on a different emotion. The left hand pages show... read more

Tags: separation anxiety, relationships, phobias, monsters, growing up, friends, fears, fear of the dark, family, emotions, diversity, bullying, anxiety, anger, absence, shyness

Billy Monster's Daymare
Author: Alan Durant
Illustrator: Ross Collins
How this book may help: Exploring common night time fears about monsters under the bed, in cupboards or lurking in shadows. This book may help to explain to a child in a humorous way that lots of people feel the same way. The humour lies in the fact that this book is about a monster having a “daymare” about a child!
Turning the tables on being afraid of monsters, the young monster “Billy” in this story is... read more

Tags: anxiety, fears, nightmares, phobias

Tappity-Tap What was That?
Author: Claire Freedman
Illustrator: Russell Julian
How this book may help: That by facing our fears they often turn out not to be scary!
Owl, Mouse and Rabbit are friends and have a Very Important Meeting to talk about the Monster of... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, monsters, phobias

Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night
Author: Alex T.Smith
Illustrator: Alex T.Smith
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is anxious about the dark, spiders, ghosts or monsters, and make them realise they are not alone.
Bella Bones and Monty Mittens are best friends and have lots in common (they both like the colour... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, friends, ghosts, monsters, phobias

The Great Big Book of Feelings
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Ros Asquith
How this book may help: A child struggling with negative emotions may find great comfort in this sympathetic, entertaining and reassuring book which explores many different feelings: happy, sad, excited, bored, interested, angry, upset, calm, silly, lonely, scared, safe, embarrassed, shy, confident, worried, jealous and satisfied.
The book is presented in bite-size chunks of information which should hold the attention of a child... read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, bullying, comfort, death, depression, emotions, fears, friends, hitting, jealousy, loneliness, loss, persistence, phobias, prejudice, sadness, shyness, violence

The Huge Bag of Worries
Author: Virginia Ironside
Illustrator: Frank Rodgers
How this book may help: A good starting point to encourage children to discuss their anxieties and fears. It may also help children to realise that many children suffer with anxiety.
Jenny has been worrying a lot lately, about a lot of different things. Is she getting too fat? ... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears, nightmares

Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep
Author: Joyce Dunbar
Illustrator: Debi Gliori
How this book may help: May comfort a child who is experiencing bad dreams or who is afraid of the dark.
Little bunny Willa is scared to go to sleep as she's worried she may have a bad dream. Big brother... read more

Tags: nightmares, fears, fear of the dark, brother, anxiety, phobias, sibling, sister

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Author: Emily Gravett
Illustrator: Emily Gravett
How this book may help: A child may recognise some of his own fears on the pages of this book, and feel like he is 'less alone' with them. Provides a good starting point for a conversation on phobias and anxieties.
Beautifully illustrated, this book explores Little Mouse’s fears using delicate and intricate... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias

I Feel Angry (Your Emotions)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
This book provides an explanation of a child's feeelings of anger and suggests ways that may help... read more

Tags: anger, emotions, violence

Worried Arthur
Author: Joan Stimson
Illustrator: Jan Lewis
How this book may help: May be reassuring to children who suffer from anxiety and help them to realise that others have similar experiences.
Arthur the penguin is a worrier. He worries about not gowing tall enough, he worries about his hair... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, father, single parent

I'm Worried (Your Feelings)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon
How this book may help: Helping children come to terms with the feelings of anxiety and exploring ways to alleviate their suffering. The book also touches upon the subjects of road safety and hospitals.
The little girl in this book describes how she feels when she is worried ("Like a dog that can't... read more

Tags: emotions, anxiety, fears, hospital, operation

Silly Billy
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
How this book may help: Acknowledges childhood anxiety and suggests a simple, practical way to alleviate it.
Billy worries a lot and can't sleep. He goes to stay with Grandma and she solves the problem by... read more

Tags: anxiety, fears

The Worry Monster
Author: Caroline Uff
Illustrator: Caroline Uff
How this book may help: This book may help children come to terms with childhood worries and encourage them to admit mistakes and tell the truth.
Sally 'accidentally' eats all the chocolate cake, and rather than admit it, she blames her beloved... read more

Tags: anxiety, lying, telling the truth

Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
Author: Ed Merchant
Illustrator: Rachel Fuller
How this book may help: May help and support children who are being parented by gay men. Encourages an appreciation of, and acceptance of, same-sex parents, and shows that families come in all shapes and sizes. Promotes a positive view of gay relationships.
Seven-year-old Ben has a pretty ordinary life in all respects but one: he has three dads. 'Baba... read more

Tags: multicultural, friends, father, emotions, diversity, being different, anxiety, anger, adoption, prejudice

Back to School Tortoise
Author: Lucy M. George
Illustrator: Merel Eyckerman
How this book may help: It shows how even though we all worry about situations, they usually turn out to be a lot more fun than we first thought.
After a lovely summer holiday Tortoise is going back to school, on his way he worries about... read more

Tags: anxiety, confidence, friends, school

Whay Do I Feel Scared? A First Look At Being Brave
Author: Pat Thomas
Illustrator: Lesley Harkar
How this book may help: This non-fiction picture book explores what it means to be brave and defines bravery in many different forms (including standing up for yourself and others, and trying new things).
The book explains that bravery is a choice you make rather than something you are born with.... read more

Tags: anxiety, behaviour, being different, growing up, persistence, phobias

Ready Steady Ghost!
Author: Elizabeth Baguley
Illustrator: Marion Lindsay
How this book may help: By tapping into children's emotions of feeling small in a big world. Children who are afraid of ghosts may be comforted by the central character, Bertie: a very friendly phantom!
Bertie is a little ghost who wishes he was as good at haunting as the big ghosts. However, he finds... read more

Tags: anxiety, fear of the dark, fears, ghosts

Don't Panic, Annika!
Author: Juliet Clare Bell
Illustrator: Jennifer E Morris
How this book may help: This entertaining story contains some simple techniques that anxious children could use to stay calm.
Annika is a panicker! She panics when she drops a toy in the fishpond. She panics when her coat zip... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears

I'll always love you
Author: Paeony Lewis
Illustrator: Penny Ives
How this book may help: Shows children that they are loved unconditionally by parents, even if they are naughty or things go wrong
When Alex Bear breaks his mum's favourite honey bowl he worries that she won't love him any more,... read more

Tags: love, mother

Princess and the Castle
Author: Caroline Binch
How this book may help: Step-Father Overcoming Fears
Genevieve, her mother and brother live in a little harbour-side house. Following her father's... read more

Tags: anxiety, bereavement, death, family, fears, loss

Author: Alexis Deacon
How this book may help: A story for anyone who has ever felt lonely, lost and unloved
Beegu's spaceship is stranded on earth and she is lost and alone. She meets lots of strange... read more

Tags: anxiety, being different, diversity, friends, loneliness, sadness, separation anxiety

Duck, Death and the Tulip
Author: Wolf Erlbruch
Duck has felt a presence following her, always close at hand, and one day she turns round and finds... read more

Tags: bereavement, death, friends

Was It the Chocolate Pudding - A Story for Little Kids About Divorce
Author: Sandra Levins
Illustrator: Bryan Langdo
How this book may help: This is a story about divorce. It provides information which will be useful to parents and families everywhere.
When a little boy's parents divorce, he worries that it might be because he and his brother smeared... read more

Tags: anxiety, divorce, family, separation, separation anxiety

See You Later Mum
Author: Jennifer Northway
How this book may help: Comforting for children starting playgroup or nursery.
William isn't very happy on his first day at playschool so mum stays with him to help him settle... read more

Tags: separation anxiety, playgroup, nursery, independence, friends, confidence, absence, shyness

I Don't Want To Talk About It
Author: Jeannie Franz Ransom
Illustrator: Katherine Kunz Finney
How this book may help: For children whose parents are getting divorced
A little girl's parents tell her they are getting divorced, but she doesn't want to talk about it.... read more

Tags: anxiety, divorce, family

Let My Colors Out
Author: Courtney Filigenzi
Illustrator: Shennan Persani
How this book may help: This book is published by the American Cancer Society to help young children of cancer patients
When his mother is diagnosed with cancer, a little boy uses colours to express his emotions. He... read more

Tags: anxiety, cancer, emotions, sadness, serious illness

Why Are You So Scared?
Author: Beth Andrews
Illustrator: Katherine Kirkland
How this book may help: Children who have parents suffering from PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
This is an information book for children explaining clearly some of the facts about PTSD and... read more

Tags: depression, anxiety, fears

When My Worries Get Too Big!
Author: Karl Dunn Buron
How this book may help: A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety published by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company
The little boy in the book explains his anxieties in terms of numbers: at 1 he is fine, at 5 he is... read more

Tags: anxiety, emotions, fears

Dennis Duckling
Author: Paul Sambrooks
Illustrator: Tommaso Loverte Tani
How this book may help: Fostering/Adoption
Dennis Duckling and his little sister can no longer be looked after by their own parents and need... read more

Tags: adoption, anxiety, family, fears, foster, friends, sadness, separation anxiety

But Martin
Author: June Counsel
Illustrator: Neal Layton
How this book may help: Difference/Friendship/Fitting In
Four very different children arrive at school expecting an ordinary day but then Martin, the... read more

Tags: friends, diversity, being different, anxiety, school

Fly, Chick, Fly
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator: Tony Ross
How this book may help: Anxious children may be comforted by this book
A little owl refuses to fly. Her brother and sister have left the nest but there is a lot to fear... read more

Tags: anxiety, confidence, growing up

Little Penguin Lost
Author: Tracey Corderoy
Illustrator: Gavin Scott
How this book may help: Providing comfort for children who have lost a favourite toy
Plip the Penguin loses his favourite toy and it seems like the end of the world. The little penguin... read more

Tags: fears, anxiety, loss

Eric!...the Hero?
Author: Christopher Wormell
Illustrator: Christopher Wormell
How this book may help: Any child who sometimes feels less intelligent, less capable and less successful than others will be heartened by the story of Eric who isn’t much good at anything but turns out to be a hero.
Dramatic illustrations, fairy-tale setting, a friendly narratorial voice and effective use of... read more

Tags: anxiety, autism, bullying, confidence, emotions, fears, loneliness, monsters, prejudice

The Tunnel
Author: Anthony Browne
Illustrator: Anthony Browne
How this book may help: Siblings frequently struggle to get along. This book will help brothers and sisters recognise the love that underlies their sometimes fraught relationship.
Rose and Jack do not like doing any of the same things and argue all the time when they are... read more

Tags: anxiety, brother, co-operation, family, friends, relationships, sister

Walter and the No-Need-to-Worry Suit
Author: Rachel Bright
Illustrator: Rachel Bright
How this book may help: Although childhood is supposed to be a carefree time of no responsibilities in fact many children do worry about anything from friendships to sports day.
Walter is also a worrier and when he finds that he has been entered in three events in the... read more

Tags: anxiety, exercise, friends

Alone in the Forest
Author: Gita Wolf, Andrea Anastasio
Illustrator: Bhajju Shyam
How this book may help: Anxious children will be comforted by its story of irrational fears which turn out to be nothing but a trick of the mind.
When Musa ventures into the forest to fetch firewood for his sick mother his confidence quickly... read more

Tags: anxiety

Monster in the Hood
Author: Steve Antony
Illustrator: Steve Antony
How this book may help: This story tackles the fear of the unknown, and helps a child to consider that situations they might initially think are scary can turn out to be harmless, and even enjoyable. It also challenges prejudice.
Three friends (Sammi Squirrel, Henri Hedgehog and Marvin Mouse) have all heard about the “Monster... read more

Tags: prejudice, monsters, friends, fears, being different, anxiety

I Feel Frightened (Your Emotions)
Author: Brian Moses
Illustrator: Mike Gordon

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All Kinds of Feelings: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: Emma Brownjohn
Publisher's summary: "Everyone has different feelings all of the time. One minute you may feel happy - and the next..." read more

Tags: anger, anxiety, behaviour, emotions, fear of the dark, fears, phobias, sadness

All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Author: Emma Brownjohn
Illustrator: All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
Publisher's summary: "Most of us, no matter what race or culture, fear something at some time. This book for small..." read more

Tags: multicultural, fears, fear of the dark, emotions, anxiety, phobias

Let's Talk: Have you got a Secret?
Author: Jennifer Moore-Mallinos
Illustrator: Marta Fabrega
How this book may help: The situations explained in this book help children to distinguish between good and bad secrets and encourage communication between the child reader and an adult.
Publisher's summary: "Every child has secrets, and many secrets are fun to keep, for example a surprise birthday gift for..." read more

Tags: anxiety, bullying, emotions, fears, sadness, violence

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