As parents, we know how important books are to kids. It helps with brain development, intelligence, creativity, and it even aids with anxiety. Several writers have created books to teach your children how to deal with all types of emotions. Here are some books that help them when they feel anxious.
- Wilma Jean The Worry Machine
Before there were Lara Jean and her letters, there was Wilma Jean and her worries. Author Julia Cook was once a school counselor and teacher, which means she has a good idea of how to deal with anxiety. She’s come up with a funny book where kids can relate to Wilma Jean’s worries. It also provides parents and teachers with creative ways to deal with these instances. They can then assist kids in trying to control their anxiety.
- How Big Are Your Worries, Little Bear?
If you like beautiful illustrations, you’ll love this title by Jayneen Sanders. Little Bear has a lot of fears, just like many kids. But throughout the book, Mama Bear love, help, and compassion lead him to realize that maybe his worries aren’t that big after all.
“We may not want to, but we can always handle our emotions. Anxiety lives in the future, and is constructed with ‘what-if’s and possibilities, whereas confidence lives in the past, constructed by our realities.” –Alicia H. Clark, PsyD
- Listening With My Heart
Mom’s Choice Awards has given Gabi Garcia’s Listening With My Heart a gold seal of approval. This Honoring Excellence recipient doesn’t just tackle anxiety. It teaches kids self-love and kindness. From there, they can fight their worries and other forms of negativity. Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D. used to say, “You’ll love yourself more when you set limits or say no to work, love, or activities that deplete or harm you physically, emotionally and spiritually, or express poorly who you are.”
- Pilar’s Worries
In this book by Victoria Sanchez, Pilar is a young girl who loves ballet. Her days practically revolve around dancing. From brushing her teeth to going to class, she dances her way through everything. But because she loves it so much, she worries greatly about her ballet auditions. Fear takes over her whole body, which isn’t exactly right for a dancer. Thankfully, she can deal with this, learning about anxiety and resilience.
- David And The Worry Beast
Anne Marie Guanci has come up with a book that showcases what it’s like to fixate on something. Little basketball player David obsesses over a missed shot during a game. He worries that his parents are disappointed with him and that his teammates hate him. To top it all off, he even has a big test coming up. Worry is literally like a creature that clings on to you. In the end, opening up to his parents and the school nurse helped him tame this beast.
- Stuff That Sucks
On some days, everything sucks. Geared towards adolescents, Stuff That Sucks is your teen’s guide to anxiety. Ben Sedley is a psychologist that shows the youth that negative emotions aren’t always bad. What they have to do is to learn how to control it. To do this, he helps them figure out how to accept things they can’t change and commit to things that they can.
- Hey, Warrior
This book by Karen Young with illustrations from Norvile Dovidonyte is a beautiful and informative book for kids 5 and up. With the use of gorgeous art, the book teaches kids the specifics of anxiety. This information includes physical symptoms and how to deal with them. It takes root in the idea that knowing the right facts will help kids manage their emotions better.
Ann Stott’s Always is comfort in the form of a book. The child in this story feels anxious, thinking that his mother will stop loving him if he makes mistakes. He asks his mother questions that show just how worried he is. But his mother reassures him that she would love him no matter what. This endearing and charming book will be sure to be a favorite in your child’s bookshelf.
- Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety
Forget trying to train them. This book is about helping your dragon deal with anxiety. Steve Herman has come up with a cute story about a boy and his dragon. The latter is a fun companion to the former. They play together and eat together. But the dragon has a hard time not worrying. He always thinks about “what-if” scenarios. But it’s a good thing that his best friend is right there beside him to help.
Everyone worries about something. Even kids can feel anxious. But when it becomes too heavy for them to handle, it becomes a real problem. Thankfully, there are fun ways to learn how to manage anxiety. Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist suggests “You might come away from a good self-help book with a changed attitude, different behavior, fresh motivation, or something else shiny and new to test-drive.” Books can be a helpful and creative tool to keep your kids’ worries in check.