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Ages 3-5

Don't Worry

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A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers by  Holly Brochmann
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text provide young children with tools for dealing with feelings of anxiety, such as breathing deeply or replacing worry with happy thoughts.
All Except Axle by Sue Lowell Gallion
Axle is a brand-new car, fresh off of the assembly line. It feels like his tires have barely hit the pavement when it's time for all the newbies to move out! Axle watches the other cars zoom onto Earlene, their transport truck, but can't quite seem to put himself in drive. What will happen at the car dealership? What if he's not ready for his road test? Even after Earlene gets him moving, Axle still stalls and crawls. But when the crew hits an unexpected roadblock, it may just be Axle who sparks his plugs, revs his engine, and saves the day!
Calm With the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
When the Very Hungry Caterpillar gets anxious, he takes a moment to breathe and calm himself.
Crying Is Like the Rain: A Story of Mindfulness and Feelings by  Heather Hawk Feinberg
A gentle metaphor for understanding and processing anxiety and sadness.
I'm Worried by Michael Ian Black
Potato is worried about what might happen in the future, causing Flamingo to worry, too, but their friend, a little girl, encourages them to focus on enjoying the present, instead.
Just Be Jelly by  Maddie Frost
A panicky sardine who loses its group learns to relax and to ask for help from a laid back jellyfish.
Most Days by  Michael Leannah
This is a book about relishing the magic of the here and now. About enjoying the extraordinary unfoldings of an ordinary day. Moving from morning to night, the narrator becomes, by turns, boy or girl, of ever-changing ethnicity and ability, inhabiting city, country, or suburb. They are all children everywhere, opening themselves to the gift of time.
My Monster and Me by  Nadiya Hussain
A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries?
Pig and Horse and the Something Scary by  Zoey Abbott
With charming illustrations, subtle whimsy, and a gentle approach to serious themes, Pig and Horse and the Something Scary acknowledges the fears and worries that children can feel in their bodies and minds. It encourages heartfelt conversations about emotional challenges, while also exploring the power of a supportive, caring friend.
Ruby Finds a Worry by  Tom Percival
A young girl's sense of adventure and exploration vanishes when she discovers a Worry that grows and grows until she learns how to get rid of it. ________ First published in Great Britain in July 2018 by Bloomsbury Publishing
The Don't Worry Book by Todd Parr
In his new book about things that might make kids worry--from loud news, to loud neighbors, or a big day at school--bestselling and beloved author Parr reassures kids who are feeling the weight of their world, offering solutions and comfort, as well as giggles.
The Little Book of Big What-Ifs by  Renata Liwska
Every day is filled with opportunities to wonder... what if? It explores scenarios that span the spectrum from silly to serious, gently examining both the anxieties and curiosities of everyday life.
The Playground Problem : A Book About Anxiety by  Tracy Packiam Alloway
Ruby feels anxious about her show and tell presentation. But when she discovers that Joey is having a hard time at lunch, it's up to Ruby to use her SEN Superpowers to cheer him up. Will it help ease her own anxiety too? Explores the topic of anxiety with an empowering story and adorable illustrations. Featuring dylexia-friendly fonts.
The Worry Box by  Suzanne Chiew
Murry Bear has so many worries! Luckily, his sister, Molly, knows just what to do. Sharing worries always makes them feel smaller, she says. She also tells him about her worry box. Then Molly offers to help make one for Murray, and he takes it on their journey to the waterfall -- but will it really help? A reassuring story to help children with worries.
What If, Pig? by  Linzie Hunter
Pig is so incredibly kind and fabulously fun, but he also has a big secret--he's a tremendous worrier! When Pig gets the brilliant idea to throw a party for Mouse and their friends, he can't help but think of everything that could possibly go wrong. After all, what if a lion eats all the invitations? What if nobody comes? Or worse, what if everyone comes and has an awful time?
Worries by  Paul Christelis
Anxiety is a normal part of childhood. Every child goes through phases of it. Using practical examples and interactive text, this picture book shows the kinds of worries facing many children today and explores how their fears might be overcome. It includes a helpful section with advice, practical tips, and activities for caregivers and teachers.
Updated 02/17/2022