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Ages 6-8

Books for Anxious Kids

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Breathing Makes It Better : A Book for Sad Days, Mad Days, Glad Days, and All the Feelings In-Between by  Christopher Willard
With rhythmic writing and engaging illustrations, Breathing Makes It Better guides children to breathe through their feelings and find calm with recurring cues to stop and take a breath. Simple guided practices, like imagining you are a tree blowing in the wind, follow each story to teach children how to apply mindfulness techniques when they need them the most.
Calm: Mindfulness for Kids by  Wynne Kinder
Shares mindfulness activities that teach children how to focus their thoughts and pay attention, with care, to one moment at a time, including breathing exercises, moving the body to unwind stress, and taking a walk in the woods.
Small Knight and the Anxiety Monster by  Manka Kasha
Small Knight would rather go on adventures with their best friend, Tiny Bear, than learn to be a perfect princess, but worrying about telling their parents creates a dreadful monster.
The Breathing Book by  Christopher Willard
The child physically interacts with the book, balancing it on their stomach, blowing on the pages, tracing lines on the page with their fingers and so on. Throughout the book, they learn to become aware of their breath and to use it in connection with positive intentions, such as releasing worries and sending kind wishes to others.
The Worry (Less) Book: Feel Strong, Find Calm, and Tame Your Anxiety! by  Rachel Brian
Expertly and playfully presented with comic illustrations, a young person's guide to anxiety management shares reassurance about how everyone gets worried sometimes and what to do when too much anxiety gets in the way.
The Worry Balloon by  Mónica Mancillas
"In The Worry Balloon, a thoughtful and reassuring picture book, Monica Mancillas's text and Betty C. Tang's illustrations show how one child experiences anxiety and worry, providing different tools to practice mindfulness and strengthen one's mental health."
There Might Be Lobsters by Carolyn Crimi
A little dog's paralyzing anxiety gives way to bravery when someone smaller arrives in need during a whooshy, splashy, overwhelming day at the beach.
What Do You Do With a Problem? by  Kobi Yamada
What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.
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?
What We'll Build: Plans for Our Together Future by Oliver Jeffers
A father and his young daughter gather their tools and begin building a future, memories to cherish, a home to keep them safe, and love to keep them warm.
What's in Your Mind Today? by  Louise Bladen
This guided, illustrated meditation for kids offers a simple mindfulness practice, not to banish bad thoughts, but to feel calm in the midst of thoughts that come and go. Children will learn how to breathe and center themselves in their bodies, find different ways to think about their positive and negative thoughts, and ultimately learn that they have the ability to feel calm and at peace no matter what kinds of thoughts happen to be in their mind at any particular moment.
Whatever Comes Tomorrow by  Rebecca Gardyn Levington
"A book that offers encouragement for managing the butterflies in the stomach that come with feelings of worry or anxiety."
Updated 04/08/2024