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.

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Top 17 Best Childrens Books About Anxiety



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

Lists It Appears On:

  • AM Reading
  • Counselor Keri
  • Laughing Kids Learn




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

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

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

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • e2e Publishing
  • Laughing Kids Learn




13 .) Llama Llama Misses Mama written by Anna Dewdney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



# Books Authors Lists
18 100th Day Worries Margery Cuyler e2e Publishing
Laughing Kids Learn
19 A Boy and a Bear: The Children’s Relaxation Book Lori Lite AM Reading
Living The Life Fantastic
20 All Birds Have Anxiety Happiful
Mommy Evolution
21 Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide Natasha 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
23 I Am Too Absolutely Small for School Lauren Child Huffington post
Retail Me Not
24 Johathan James and the Whatif Monster Michelle Nelson
Laughing Kids Learn
The Joys Of Boys
25 Justin Case: School, Drool, and Other Daily Disasters Rachel Vail AM Reading
Longest Shortest Time
26 Master of Mindfulness: How to Be Your Own Superhero in Times of Stress Laurie 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
28 My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine Martinez
Mommy Evolution
We Are Teachers
29 Ready for Anything! Keiko Kasza
Longest Shortest Time
Motherly
30 Ready… Set… R.E.L.A.X. Jeffrey Allen & Roger Klein AM Reading
Romper
31 Scaredy Squirrel Melanie Watt
Mommy Evolution
Motherly
32 Sea Otter Cove Lori Lite AM Reading
Living The Life Fantastic
33 The Invisible String Patrice Karst and Geoff Stevenson
Barnes And Noble
Books For Littles
34 The Koala Who Could Rachel Bright
Little Parachutes
Motherly
35 The Worry Monster Caroline Uff
Laughing Kids Learn
Little Parachutes
36 When Worry Takes Hold Liz Haske Childhood 101
e2e Publishing
37 Worry Says What? Allison Edwards Childhood 101
Counselor Keri
38
101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety: Simple Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
Mommy Evolution
39 A Bad Case of Stripes David Shannon Motherly
40 A Handful of Quiet: Happiness in Four Pebbles Thich Nhat Hanh
Parenting Chaos
41 A Safe Place for Rufus
Little Parachutes
42
A Smart Girl’s Guide to Liking Herself, Even on the Bad Days
Retail Me Not
43 A Smart Girl’s Guide to Worry: How to Feel Less Stressed and Have More Fun Nancy Holyoak Childhood 101
44 A Smart Girl’s Guide: Middle School Retail Me Not
45 ABC Yoga Christiane 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
48 Almost Anything
Little Parachutes
49 Alone in the Forest
Little Parachutes
50 Alvin Ho Series Lenore Look and LeUyen Pham CBC
51 Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner Amy Schwartz Huffington 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
54 Augustine Mélanie Watt Huffington post
55 Back to School Tortoise
Little Parachutes
56 BE KIND NY Times
57 Beegu
Little Parachutes
58 Bella and Monty: A Hairy Scary Night
Little Parachutes
59 Betsy Goes to the Doctor
Little Parachutes
60 Billy Monster’s Daymare
Little Parachutes
61 Bird and Squirrel on the Run! James Burks CBC
62 Black Dog Levi Pinfold
We Are Teachers
63 Breathe Scott Magoon CBC
64 Breathe Like a Bear Kira Willey
Parenting Chaos
65 But Martin
Little Parachutes
66 Calm Down Kit Dough For It Standard
67 Captain Starfish Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys CBC
68 Chu’s First Day of School Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex Huffington post
69 Cool Cats, Calm Kids Mary Williams Romper
70
Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger
Mommy Evolution
71 Dad David, Baba Chris and Me
Little Parachutes
72 Daniel Tiger Goes to School Becky Friedman Motherly
73 Dennis Duckling
Little Parachutes
74 Diary of a Social Detective Retail Me Not
75 Don’t Panic, Annika Juliette Clare Bell Romper
76 Don’t Think About Purple Elephants Susan Whelan and Gwynneth Jones CBC
77 Duck, Death and the Tulip
Little Parachutes
78 Emily Brown and the Thing
Little Parachutes
79 Eric!…the Hero?
Little Parachutes
80 Fabulous Faith in Meet My Worry Monster Melissa Webster
Laughing Kids Learn
81 Fly, Chick, Fly
Little Parachutes
82 Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Raccoon Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen CBC
83 Freaking Out: Real-Life Stories about Anxiety, edited Polly Wells
Longest Shortest Time
84 Gary and Ray
Little Parachutes
85 Get Ready for Second Grade, Amber Brown Paula Danziger Huffington post
86 Good Morning Yoga: A Pose-by-Pose Wake Up Story Mariam Gates
Parenting Chaos
87
Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World
Retail Me Not
88 Halibut 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
91 Henry and Leo Pamela Zagarenski
Barnes And Noble
92 High School’s Not Forever Retail Me Not
93 Hooway for Wodney Wat Helen Lester Motherly
94 How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear? Jayneen Sanders e2e Publishing
95 How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? Jane Yolen and Mark Teague Huffington post
96
How to Make & Keep Friends: Tips for Kids to Overcome 50 Common Social Challenges
Retail Me Not
97 How to Parent Your Anxious Toddler
Mommy Evolution
98 I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness Susan Verde: Childhood 101
99 I Am Yoga Hardcover Susan Verde
Parenting Chaos
100 I Don’t Want to Be Crazy Samantha Schutz
Longest Shortest Time
101 I Don’t Want To Talk About It
Little Parachutes
102 I Feel Angry (Your Emotions)
Little Parachutes
103 I Feel Frightened (Your Emotions)
Little Parachutes
104 I WALK WITH VANESSA NY Times
105 I’ll always love you
Little Parachutes
106 If You Take a Mouse to School Laura Numeroff Huffington post
107 Interactive Worry Plaque Standard
108 It’s Okay to Make Mistakes Todd Parr e2e Publishing
109 It’s Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini
Longest Shortest Time
110 It’s Okay to be Different Todd Parr Standard
111 Jack’s Worry Sam Zuppardi Childhood 101
112 JULIÁN IS A MERMAID NY Times
113 Keep Your Cool: How to Deal With Life’s Worries and Stress Dr Aaron Balick Childhood 101
114 Let My Colors Out
Little Parachutes
115 Let’s Talk: Have you got a Secret?
Little Parachutes
116 Little Critter: First Day of School Mercer Mayer Huffington post
117 Little Penguin Lost
Little Parachutes
118 Mae’s First Day of School Kate Berube
We Are Teachers
119 Max At Night
Books For Littles
120 Me and My Fear Francesca Sanna: Childhood 101
121 Meditation is an Open Sky Whitney 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
124 Mindful Monkey, Happy Panda Kerry Lee MacLean and Lauren Alderfer
Parenting Chaos
125 Mommy? Maurice Sendak and Arthur Yorinks
Longest Shortest Time
126 Mr Huff Anna Walker: Childhood 101
127 No Worries Mindful Kids: Childhood 101
128 Noni Is Nervous Heather Hartt-Sussman
We Are Teachers
129 Peace Piggy Meditation Kerry Lee MacLean
Parenting Chaos
130 Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes James Dean and Eric Litwin Huffington post
131 Princess and the Castle
Little Parachutes
132 Puppy Mind Andrew Jordan Nance
Parenting Chaos
133 Ready Steady Ghost!
Little Parachutes
134 Real Friends Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham CBC
135
Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Colouring Book Adventure
Standard
136 Rooster Wore Skinny Jeans
Little Parachutes
137 Ruby’s Worry Tom Percival Childhood 101
138 See You Later Mum
Little Parachutes
139 Sidetracked Diana Harmon Asher
We Are Teachers
140 Silly Billy
Little Parachutes
141 Sitting Still Like a Frog Eline Snel
Parenting Chaos
142 Small Things Mel Tregonning CBC
143 Speak Up And Get Along! Retail Me Not
144 Stanley Will Probably Be Fine Sally J. Pla
We Are Teachers
145 Stick Up for Yourself! Retail Me Not
146 Tappity-Tap What was That?
Little Parachutes
147
Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep
Little Parachutes
148 The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens: CBT Skills to Overcome Fear, Worry, and Panic Jennifer 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
151 The Berenstain Bears Go to School Stan and Jan Berenstain Huffington post
152
The Blessing of a B Minus: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers
Retail Me Not
153 The Bravest Fish
Little Parachutes
154 THE BREAKING NEWS NY Times
155 The Dark Lemony Snicket Motherly
156 The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten Maureen Fergus & Mike Lowery Huffington post
157 The Feelings Book Journal Retail Me Not
158
The Feelings Book: The Care and Keeping of Your Emotions
Retail Me Not
159 The Grateful Giraffe: A Kids Yoga Feelings Book Giselle Shardlow
Parenting Chaos
160 The Great Big Book of Feelings
Little Parachutes
161 The I’m Not Scared Book Todd Parr
We Are Teachers
162 The Lemonade Hurricane: A Story of Mindfulness and Meditation Licia Morelli
Parenting Chaos
163 The Lion Inside Rachael Bright Standard
164 The Nest Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen CBC
165 The 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
167 The Tunnel
Little Parachutes
168
The Unwritten Rules of Friendship: Simple Strategies to Help Your Child Make Friends
Retail Me Not
169 The Worry Box Suzanne Chiew CBC
170 The Worry Glasses Donalisa Helsley
Laughing Kids Learn
171 The Worry Monsters (Hey Jack! series) Sally Rippin Childhood 101
172 The Worry Website Happiful
173 The Worrywarts Pamela Duncan Edwards
Laughing Kids Learn
174
The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Middle School
Retail Me Not
175 Umbrella Summer Lisa Graff
Longest Shortest Time
176
Uncommon Sense for Parents With Teenagers
Retail Me Not
177 Under the Love Umbrella Allison Colpoys & Davina Bell Standard
178
Walter and the No-Need-to-Worry Suit
Little Parachutes
179 What do to when you’re scared and worried James J. Crist
Laughing Kids Learn
180 What Do You Do with a Problem? Kobi Yamada and Mae Besom CBC
181 What Does It Mean To Be Present? Rana DiOrio
Parenting Chaos
182 What Makes Me Happy?
Little Parachutes
183
What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart
Counselor Keri
184 What to Do When You Feel Too Shy Counselor Keri
185 What’s worrying you?
Little Parachutes
186 Whatif Monster
The Joys Of Boys
187 When I Miss You
Books For Littles
188 When I’m Feeling Nervous Trace Moroney: Childhood 101
189 When Lions Roar Robie H. Harris and Chris Raschka CBC
190
Why Do I Feel Scared? A First Look At Being Brave
Little Parachutes
191 Will You Be My Friend?
Little Parachutes
192 William Wobbly and the Very Bad Day Sarah Naish Standard
193 Worried Arthur
Little Parachutes
194 Worries Are Not Forever Counselor Keri
195 Worries Go Away! Kes Gray Childhood 101
196 Worry Monster Standard
197 You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses Taeeun Yoo
Parenting Chaos
198 You Hold Me Up Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel CBC
199 You’re Amazing, Anna Hibiscus Atinuke and Lauren Tobia CBC
200
Your Five-Year-Old: Sunny and Serene
Retail Me Not


23 Best Kids Books About Anxiety Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
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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