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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.
Be Brave, Little Penguin by Giles Andreae
Pip-Pip, the littlest penguin, is teased for being afraid of the water until, with his mother's guidance, he finally jumps in.
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.
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.
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.
Unstoppable Me! : 10 Ways to Soar Through Life by  Wayne W Dyer
Presents ten lessons for children that foster confidence and self-esteem, with advice on overcoming worry, dealing with change, making choices, keeping healthy, and being creative.
When I Feel Worried by Cornelia Spelman
A young guinea pig describes situations that make her worry, what being worried feels like, and how she can stop worrying. Includes note to parents and teachers.
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.
Worries Are Not Forever by Elizabeth Verdick
This book for preschool and primary children explains what worries are and how it feels to be worried. It assures children that everyone--even grown-ups--feel worried, and that they can learn to cope. Strategies include talking about worries, breathing deeply, and thinking good thoughts. Includes a section for adults.
Updated 01/12/2021