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The Best Children’s Books For And About Anxiety

“What are the best Childrens books about Anxiety?” We looked at 200 of the top Kids Anxiety books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 17 titles, all appearing on 3 or more “Best Kids Anxiety” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 175+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 17 Best Childrens Books About Anxiety



17 .) Don’t Feed the WorryBug written by Andi Green

	Don’t Feed the WorryBug

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • Counselor Keri
  • Laughing Kids Learn




16 .) Don’t Panic Annika written by Juliet Claire Bell

	Don’t Panic Annika

Lists It Appears On:

  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Little Parachutes
  • Living The Life Fantastic

Annika always flies into a panic whenever something goes wrong but she learns to keep calm and think of a solution when she accidently gets locked inside the house .




15 .) First Day Jitters written by Julie Danneberg

	First Day Jitters

Lists It Appears On:

  • Huffington post
  • Parent Map
  • We Are Teachers

Sarah is afraid to start at a new school, but both she and the reader are in for a surprise when she gets to her class.




14 .) Hey Warrior! written by Karen Young

	Hey Warrior!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • e2e Publishing
  • Laughing Kids Learn




13 .) Llama Llama Misses Mama written by Anna Dewdney

	Llama Llama Misses Mama

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Motherly
  • Parent Map

Llama Llama experiences separation anxiety on his first day of nursery school.




12 .) Owl Babies written by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson

	Owl Babies

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Happiful
  • Little Parachutes

Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.




11 .) Please Explain Anxiety to Me! written by Laurie E. Zelinger

	Please Explain Anxiety to Me!

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • Counselor Keri
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Mommy Evolution

What’s happening to me? 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 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. Children will: learn that they can handle most issues if they are explained at their developmental level understand the brain/body connection underlying anxiety identify with the examples given find comfort and reassurance in knowing that others have the same experience be provided with strategies and ideas to help them change their anxiety responses be able to enjoy childhood and to give up unnecessary worrying Therapists and Educators Praise Please Explain Anxiety To Me On any given day, around thirty percent of my patients have anxiety related symptoms. The simplicity and completeness of the explanations and treatment of anxiety given in this book is remarkable. Defining the cause, treating the core symptoms, and most importantly bringing it to a child’s level accompanied by wonderful illustrations, is an incredible feat.




10 .) What To Do When You’re Scared And Worried written by James J. Crist

	What To Do When You're Scared And Worried

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Romper
  • We Are Teachers

What are you afraid of? Thunderstorms? The dark? Bullies? Tests? Terrorism? Monsters? Nightmares? Making mistakes? Not fitting in at school? Being away from your parents? Being home alone? Everyone has fears and worries some of the time. You don’t have to stay scared and worried. This book can help.…




9 .) Little Mouse’s Big Book Of Fears written by Emily Gravett

	Little Mouse's Big Book Of Fears

Lists It Appears On:

  • Little Parachutes
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Longest Shortest Time
  • Motherly
  • Romper

Little Mouse draws pictures of some of the many things he is afraid of, including creepy crawlies, sharp knives, and having accidents, and provides the correct scientific name for each of his fears.




8 .) The Huge Bag of Worries written by Virginia Ironside

	The Huge Bag of Worries

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • e2e Publishing
  • Happiful
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Little Parachutes

A girl worries about many aspects of daily life until her worries become unbearable.




7 .) David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety written by Anne Marie Guanci

	David and the Worry Beast: Helping Children Cope with Anxiety

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • e2e Publishing
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Romper

David could not stop worrying; his anxiety was growing and growing. David’s story will help children learn how to deal with anxiety. Includes tips for parents.




6 .) The Kissing Hand written by Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper, and Nancy M. Leak

	The Kissing Hand

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Books For Littles
  • Huffington post
  • Motherly
  • Parent Map
  • Retail Me Not

When Chester the raccoon is reluctant to go to kindergarten for the first time, his mother teaches him a secret way to carry her love with him.




5 .) Is a Worry Worrying You? written by Ferida Wolff and Harriet May Savitz

	Is a Worry Worrying You?

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • CBC
  • Childhood 101
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Romper
  • We Are Teachers

Suggests creative and practical means to address worries, from a monster under the bed to a loud and frightening uncle.




4 .) When My Worries Get Too Big written by Kari Dunn Buron

	When My Worries Get Too Big

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • e2e Publishing
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Little Parachutes
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Romper
  • We Are Teachers

Presents ways for young children with anxiety to recognize when they are losing control and constructive ways to deal with it.




3 .) Wilma Jean the Worry Machine written by Julia Cook

	Wilma Jean the Worry Machine

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • e2e Publishing
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Motherly
  • Romper

Wilma Jean worries about everything. She worries about missing the bus, doing a math problem wrong, having friends to play with, and getting carrots in her school lunch. Wilma Jean’s teacher helps her figure out what worries she can control and those that she can’t and what to do about both types of worries.…




2 .) Wemberly Worried written by Kevin Henkes

	Wemberly Worried

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • Huffington post
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Motherly
  • Parent Map
  • Retail Me Not
  • Romper
  • We Are Teachers

A mouse named Wemberly, who worries about everything, finds that she has a whole list of things to worry about when she faces the first day of nursery school.




1 .) What To Do When You Worry Too Much written by Dawn Huebner

	What To Do When You Worry Too Much

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • Childhood 101
  • e2e Publishing
  • Happiful
  • Laughing Kids Learn
  • Living The Life Fantastic
  • Longest Shortest Time
  • Mommy Evolution
  • Romper
  • Standard
  • The Joys Of Boys
  • We Are Teachers

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





The 175+ Additional Best Books For Children With Anxiety



#BooksAuthorsLists
18100th Day WorriesMargery Cuylere2e Publishing
Laughing Kids Learn
19A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation BookLori LiteAM Reading
Living The Life Fantastic
20All Birds Have Anxiety Happiful
Mommy Evolution
21Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival GuideNatasha Daniels
Mommy Evolution
We Are Teachers
22
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety: Powerful, Practical Solutions to Overcome Your Child’s Fears, Worries, and Phobias
 
Living The Life Fantastic
Mommy Evolution
23I Am Too Absolutely Small for SchoolLauren ChildHuffington post
Retail Me Not
24Johathan James and the Whatif MonsterMichelle Nelson
Laughing Kids Learn
The Joys Of Boys
25Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily DisastersRachel VailAM Reading
Longest Shortest Time
26Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of StressLaurie Grossman
Mommy Evolution
Parenting Chaos
27
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else
 
Mommy Evolution
Retail Me Not
28My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and PanicMichael A. Tompkins and Katherine Martinez
Mommy Evolution
We Are Teachers
29Ready for Anything!Keiko Kasza
Longest Shortest Time
Motherly
30Ready… Set… R.E.L.A.X.Jeffrey Allen & Roger KleinAM Reading
Romper
31Scaredy SquirrelMelanie Watt
Mommy Evolution
Motherly
32Sea Otter CoveLori LiteAM Reading
Living The Life Fantastic
33The Invisible StringPatrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson
Barnes And Noble
Books For Littles
34The Koala Who CouldRachel Bright
Little Parachutes
Motherly
35The Worry MonsterCaroline Uff
Laughing Kids Learn
Little Parachutes
36When Worry Takes HoldLiz HaskeChildhood 101
e2e Publishing
37Worry Says What?Allison EdwardsChildhood 101
Counselor Keri
38
101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety: Simple Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
 
Mommy Evolution
39A Bad Case of StripesDavid ShannonMotherly
40A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four PebblesThich Nhat Hanh
Parenting Chaos
41A Safe Place for Rufus 
Little Parachutes
42
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself, Even on the Bad Days
 Retail Me Not
43A Smart Girl’s Guide to Worry: How to Feel Less Stressed and Have More FunNancy HolyoakChildhood 101
44A Smart Girl’s Guide: Middle School Retail Me Not
45ABC YogaChristiane Engel
Parenting Chaos
46
All Kinds of Fears: a Lift-the-Flap Book
 
Little Parachutes
47
All Kinds of Feelings: a Lift-the-Flap Book
 
Little Parachutes
48Almost Anything 
Little Parachutes
49Alone in the Forest 
Little Parachutes
50Alvin Ho SeriesLenore Look and LeUyen PhamCBC
51Annabelle Swift, KindergartnerAmy SchwartzHuffington post
52
Anxiety-Free Kids: An Interactive Guide for Parents and Children
 
Living The Life Fantastic
53
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children
 
Mommy Evolution
54AugustineMélanie WattHuffington post
55Back to School Tortoise 
Little Parachutes
56BE KIND NY Times
57Beegu 
Little Parachutes
58Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night 
Little Parachutes
59Betsy Goes to the Doctor 
Little Parachutes
60Billy Monster’s Daymare 
Little Parachutes
61Bird and Squirrel on the Run!James BurksCBC
62Black DogLevi Pinfold
We Are Teachers
63BreatheScott MagoonCBC
64Breathe Like a BearKira Willey
Parenting Chaos
65But Martin 
Little Parachutes
66Calm Down KitDough For ItStandard
67Captain StarfishDavina Bell and Allison ColpoysCBC
68Chu’s First Day of SchoolNeil Gaiman and Adam RexHuffington post
69Cool Cats, Calm KidsMary WilliamsRomper
70
Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger
 
Mommy Evolution
71Dad David, Baba Chris and Me 
Little Parachutes
72Daniel Tiger Goes to SchoolBecky FriedmanMotherly
73Dennis Duckling 
Little Parachutes
74Diary of a Social Detective Retail Me Not
75Don’t Panic, AnnikaJuliette Clare BellRomper
76Don’t Think About Purple ElephantsSusan Whelan and Gwynneth JonesCBC
77Duck, Death and the Tulip 
Little Parachutes
78Emily Brown and the Thing 
Little Parachutes
79Eric!…the Hero? 
Little Parachutes
80Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry MonsterMelissa Webster
Laughing Kids Learn
81Fly, Chick, Fly 
Little Parachutes
82Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost RaccoonKate DiCamillo and Chris Van DusenCBC
83Freaking Out: Real-Life Stories about Anxiety, editedPolly Wells
Longest Shortest Time
84Gary and Ray 
Little Parachutes
85Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber BrownPaula DanzigerHuffington post
86Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up StoryMariam Gates
Parenting Chaos
87
Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
 Retail Me Not
88Halibut Jackson 
Little Parachutes
89
Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents
 
Mommy Evolution
90
Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry
 
Mommy Evolution
91Henry and LeoPamela Zagarenski
Barnes And Noble
92High School’s Not Forever Retail Me Not
93Hooway for Wodney WatHelen LesterMotherly
94How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear?Jayneen Sanderse2e Publishing
95How Do Dinosaurs Go To School?Jane Yolen and Mark TeagueHuffington post
96
How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges
 Retail Me Not
97How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler 
Mommy Evolution
98I Am Peace: A Book of MindfulnessSusan Verde:Childhood 101
99I Am Yoga HardcoverSusan Verde
Parenting Chaos
100I Don’t Want to Be CrazySamantha Schutz
Longest Shortest Time
101I Don’t Want To Talk About It 
Little Parachutes
102I Feel Angry (Your Emotions) 
Little Parachutes
103I Feel Frightened (Your Emotions) 
Little Parachutes
104I WALK WITH VANESSA NY Times
105I’ll always love you 
Little Parachutes
106If You Take a Mouse to SchoolLaura NumeroffHuffington post
107Interactive Worry Plaque Standard
108It’s Okay to Make MistakesTodd Parre2e Publishing
109It’s Kind of a Funny StoryNed Vizzini
Longest Shortest Time
110It’s Okay to be DifferentTodd ParrStandard
111Jack’s WorrySam ZuppardiChildhood 101
112JULIÁN IS A MERMAID NY Times
113Keep Your Cool: How to Deal With Life’s Worries and StressDr Aaron BalickChildhood 101
114Let My Colors Out 
Little Parachutes
115Let’s Talk: Have you got a Secret? 
Little Parachutes
116Little Critter: First Day of SchoolMercer MayerHuffington post
117Little Penguin Lost 
Little Parachutes
118Mae’s First Day of SchoolKate Berube
We Are Teachers
119Max At Night 
Books For Littles
120Me and My FearFrancesca Sanna:Childhood 101
121Meditation is an Open SkyWhitney Stewart
Parenting Chaos
122
Middle School Confidential: Be Confident in Who You Are
 Retail Me Not
123
Middle School Makeover: Improving the Way You and Your Child Experience the Middle School Years
 Retail Me Not
124Mindful Monkey, Happy PandaKerry Lee MacLean and Lauren Alderfer
Parenting Chaos
125Mommy?Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks
Longest Shortest Time
126Mr HuffAnna Walker:Childhood 101
127No WorriesMindful Kids:Childhood 101
128Noni Is NervousHeather Hartt-Sussman
We Are Teachers
129Peace Piggy MeditationKerry Lee MacLean
Parenting Chaos
130Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School ShoesJames Dean and Eric LitwinHuffington post
131Princess and the Castle 
Little Parachutes
132Puppy MindAndrew Jordan Nance
Parenting Chaos
133Ready Steady Ghost! 
Little Parachutes
134Real FriendsShannon Hale and LeUyen PhamCBC
135
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Colouring Book Adventure
 Standard
136Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans 
Little Parachutes
137Ruby’s WorryTom PercivalChildhood 101
138See You Later Mum 
Little Parachutes
139SidetrackedDiana Harmon Asher
We Are Teachers
140Silly Billy 
Little Parachutes
141Sitting Still Like a FrogEline Snel
Parenting Chaos
142Small ThingsMel TregonningCBC
143Speak Up And Get Along! Retail Me Not
144Stanley Will Probably Be FineSally J. Pla
We Are Teachers
145Stick Up for Yourself! Retail Me Not
146Tappity-Tap What was That? 
Little Parachutes
147
Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep
 
Little Parachutes
148The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and PanicJennifer Shannon
We Are Teachers
149
The Anxiety Workbook for Kids: Take Charge of Fears and Worries Using the Gift of Imagination
 
Mommy Evolution
150
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help You Deal with Anxiety and Worry
 
Mommy Evolution
151The Berenstain Bears Go to SchoolStan and Jan BerenstainHuffington post
152
The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers
 Retail Me Not
153The Bravest Fish 
Little Parachutes
154THE BREAKING NEWS NY Times
155The DarkLemony SnicketMotherly
156The Day My Mom Came to KindergartenMaureen Fergus & Mike LoweryHuffington post
157The Feelings Book Journal Retail Me Not
158
The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions
 Retail Me Not
159The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings BookGiselle Shardlow
Parenting Chaos
160The Great Big Book of Feelings 
Little Parachutes
161The I’m Not Scared BookTodd Parr
We Are Teachers
162The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and MeditationLicia Morelli
Parenting Chaos
163The Lion InsideRachael BrightStandard
164The NestKenneth Oppel and Jon KlassenCBC
165The Red Tree 
Little Parachutes
166
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions
 
Mommy Evolution
167The Tunnel 
Little Parachutes
168
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends
 Retail Me Not
169The Worry BoxSuzanne ChiewCBC
170The Worry GlassesDonalisa Helsley
Laughing Kids Learn
171The Worry Monsters (Hey Jack! series)Sally RippinChildhood 101
172The Worry Website Happiful
173The WorrywartsPamela Duncan Edwards
Laughing Kids Learn
174
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School
 Retail Me Not
175Umbrella SummerLisa Graff
Longest Shortest Time
176
Uncommon Sense for Parents With Teenagers
 Retail Me Not
177Under the Love UmbrellaAllison Colpoys & Davina BellStandard
178
Walter and the No-Need-to-Worry Suit
 
Little Parachutes
179What do to when you’re scared and worriedJames J. Crist
Laughing Kids Learn
180What Do You Do with a Problem?Kobi Yamada and Mae BesomCBC
181What Does It Mean To Be Present?Rana DiOrio
Parenting Chaos
182What Makes Me Happy? 
Little Parachutes
183
What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart
 Counselor Keri
184What to Do When You Feel Too Shy Counselor Keri
185What’s worrying you? 
Little Parachutes
186Whatif Monster 
The Joys Of Boys
187When I Miss You 
Books For Littles
188When I’m Feeling NervousTrace Moroney:Childhood 101
189When Lions RoarRobie H. Harris and Chris RaschkaCBC
190
Why Do I Feel Scared? A First Look At Being Brave
 
Little Parachutes
191Will You Be My Friend? 
Little Parachutes
192William Wobbly and the Very Bad DaySarah NaishStandard
193Worried Arthur 
Little Parachutes
194Worries Are Not Forever Counselor Keri
195Worries Go Away!Kes GrayChildhood 101
196Worry Monster Standard
197You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga PosesTaeeun Yoo
Parenting Chaos
198You Hold Me UpMonique Gray Smith and Danielle DanielCBC
199You’re Amazing, Anna HibiscusAtinuke and Lauren TobiaCBC
200
Your Five-Year-Old: Sunny and Serene
 Retail Me Not


23 Best Kids Books About Anxiety Book Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
AM Reading When Kids Worry: 13 Books For Children Who Live With Anxiety
Barnes And Noble 5 Soothing Picture Books for Separation Anxiety
Books For Littles The Best Children’s Picture Books To Calm Separation Anxiety
CBC Librarians Recommend: 15 Books For Kids Dealing With Anxiety
Childhood 101 Books for Kids Who Worry
Counselor Keri Great Children’s Books About Worry: Help Kids Manage Worries
e2e Publishing 10 Best Children’s Books to Help Kids with Anxiety
Happiful Children’s Book Corner: 5 Unmissable Reads for Anxious Kids
Huffington post Best Kids’ Books To Banish First-Day-Of-School Jitters | HuffPost
Laughing Kids Learn 20+ books to help children who worry or suffer from anxiety – Laughing
Little Parachutes Little Parachutes • children’s picture books about Anxiety
Living The Life Fantastic 13 books for helping children with anxiety
Longest Shortest Time Books: For Kids (Of All Ages) Coping with Anxiety
Mommy Evolution Anxiety Books for Kids (from Children to Teens)
Motherly 12 books to help calm your child’s anxiety
NY Times Picture Books to Help Kids Weather Our Age of Anxiety
Parent Map Don’t Leave Me!’ Best Books for Easing Kids’ Separation Anxiety
Parenting Chaos Mindfulness and Relaxation Books for Kids
Retail Me Not 21 Social Anxiety Books for Kids of All Ages
Romper 11 Books To Help Your Child Understand Anxiety
Standard Best toys and books for children with anxiety
The Joys Of Boys Picture Books for Kids Who Worry
We Are Teachers 15 Books That May Help Students With Anxiety

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