Worries and Anxieties

Feeling worried or anxious is difficult for any of us to deal with. Sometimes it makes us feel strange and our tummies hurt. Sharing these books with your children might help them to recognise when they are worried and help them to find ways to manage their anxiety.
You might also like the books in these collections: ‘Feelings and Emotions‘ ‘Fears and Phobias‘ and ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing‘.


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Feeling worried! 
by Kay Barnham

Annie is great at giving out advice. She helps a friend who is worried about where she will live because her parents are splitting up, and supports a new girl at school who is worried about making friends. But soon, it’s Annie’s turn to feel worried because she has to go to the dentist. Will she remember her own words of advice? Each title in this series helps children to understand and deal with their feelings in a reassuring way.
Age: 5+


Worry Angels
by Sita Brahmachari and illustrated by Jane Ray
Age range: 8+

Amy May knows about webs of worries – so many people she meets are caught in them, from her own artist dad to newly arrived refugee Rima and her family. By being brave enough to open up her worry box, Amy May helps all those around her find a way forward. Particularly suitable for struggling, reluctant and dyslexic readers.


The Worrysaurus
by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton

It’s a beautiful day and Worrysaurus has planned a special picnic. But it isn’t long before a small butterfly of worry starts fluttering in his tummy. What if he hasn’t brought enough to eat? What if he gets lost in the jungle? What if he trips and falls? What if it rains? Can Worrysaurus find a way to chase his fears away and have fun?Age: 3+


Silly Billy
by Anthony Browne

Billy is a bit of a worrier.  He worries so much that he can’t sleep.  Grandma knows just what he needs to help him overcome his fears.
Age: 4+


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Questions and Feelings About: Worries
by Paul Christelis and illustrated by Ximena Jeria
Age range: 5+

A gentle, down to earth book for addressing the things that can cause
children to be anxious and worried. Mindfulness expert Paul Christelis
expertly explores everyday situations in picture book form, helping children to recognise signs of worry and giving them reassurance and simple suggestions on how to cope with any worries


Lion’s in a Flap
by Sue Graves and Trevor Dunton

This is a great book for an adult to share with an anxious child.  It explains what it feels like when you are very worried and suggests a couple of simple strategies to help make things feel better.  The illustrations provide some humorous relief.
Age: 3+


Worries Go Away!
by Kes Gray and Lee Wildish

When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola, but soon the worries begin to take hold. Only her family and friends can help.
Age: 3+


All Birds Have Anxiety
by Kathy Hoopmann
Age range: 6+

Life as a bird can be stressful! From worrying about airplanes, windows, and getting enough worms to eat, it is clear that birds can be anxious beings. Through a light-touch, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-today, and how to begin to deal with it. The combination of understanding and gentle humour makes this the ideal introduction to anxiety disorder for those diagnosed with this condition, their family and friends and those generally interested in understanding anxiety.


Outsmarting Worry
by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Kara McHale
Age range: 9+

Worry has a way of growing, shifting from not-a-big-deal to a VERY BIG DEAL in the blink of an eye. This big-deal Worry is tricky, luring children into behaviours that keep the anxiety cycle going. Children often find it hard to fight back against Worry, but not anymore. Outsmarting Worry teaches 9-13-year olds and the adults who care about them a specific set of skills that makes it easier to face – and overcome – worries and fears. Smart, practical, proven techniques are presented in language immediately accessible to children with an emphasis on shifting from knowing to doing, from worried to happy and free.


The Huge Bag of Worries
by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers

Jenny has started to worry.  She worries about everything and soon the worries start to follow her wherever she goes.  This is a good book for starting a discussion about sharing your worries to stop them getting bigger.
Age: 5+


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Grobblechops
by Elizabeth Laird, illustrated by Jenny Lucander
Age range: 5+

Amir doesn’t want to go to bed. He is scared of the dark and afraid there might be a monster under his bed; a monster called Grobblechops who has huge teeth and growls like a tiger. Dad reassures Amir that if he growls louder, the monster will go away – but Amir can’t help catastrophising and worrying that Grobblechops’s mum and dad will join in the fight and eat him up. Luckily, Amir’s dad is a bit of an expert when it comes to monsters, and can rationalise and defuse all his son’s anxiety to the point where Grobblechops becomes a friend rather than a threat.
Stunning, collage-style illustrations reflect the quelling of Amir’s fears as Grobblechops and his parents subtly mutate from frightening to friendly.


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Charlie Star
by Terry Milne

Charlie is an anxious dachshund who worries that something terrible might happen if he doesn’t keep to his daily rituals. After he is called upon to help rescue a friend and in the rush forgets his rituals, Charlie discovers that he doesn’t have to be ruled by them and that change can have really positive outcomes.
Age: 4+


William Worrydactyl
by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon

William is a little dinosaur who worries every day about everything.  Will his Mum be able to help him become more confident?  Will he ever stop worrying?
Age: 4+


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Ruby’s Worry
by Tom Percival

Perfectly happy Ruby discovers just how big a worry can get! Luckily she finds the solution – to talk about it!
Age: 3+


The Black Dog
by Levi Pinfold

In this modern fairy tale about the power of fear, a black dog appearing outside a family’s home.  It grows and grows the more family members see it. Only Small, the youngest of the Hope family, has the courage to face it.
Age: 6+


What’s worrying you?
by Molly Potter

We all have worries now and then, but sometimes worries can feel like they’re getting bigger and bigger, like you can’t control them any more. What do you do then? ‘What’s worrying you?’ is a book all about helping children understand their worries, and what to do when they feel overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings.
Age: 3+


Me and My Fear
written and illustrated by Francesca Sanna
Age range: 5+

When a young girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, her Fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn’t understand their language? A heart-warming and relevant new tale from the bestselling author and illustrator of The Journey, this book shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others – after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it’s small enough to fit into their pocket!


Ready Rabbit?
by Fiona Roberton

Little Rabbit has been invited to a party, but is not at all sure that it will be as fun as everyone says. It’s nearly time to go to the party, but there are just a few small worries standing in the way. Yes, there will be cake and carrots – but what if it’s too loud? And what if Rabbit gets tired and wants to come home? This is an empowering story about the fun you can have when you overcome your fears.
Age: 3+


The Worry Monster
by Caroline Uff

Who wants a worry monster?  Sally doesn’t – but it won’t stop following her everywhere.  How can she make it go away?  A gentle tale about tackling worries and why it’s good to tell the truth.
Age: 4+


The Worry Website
by Jacqueline Wilson

Is anything worrying you?  Do you have problems?  Don’t know where to turn for help?  Log on to the Worry Website, type in your worry and wait for the good advice to flow in.
Age: 9+


Useful Organisations

Action for Children:
Help and information to spot signs and behaviours that could point to needing more support in regards to mental health.

Mental Health Foundation:
Giving support, information and help about mental health for children.

NHS:
Information about anxiety in children.

Young Minds:
Support and advice for young people.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

Taking care of ones mental health and wellbeing is important, books can help explain to children how to deal with their feelings and emotions, and give helpful tips on how to cope and deal with those feelings.


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Your mind is like the sky
by Bronwen Ballard

Your mind is like the sky. Sometimes it’s clear and blue – but sometimes a raincloud thought comes along and makes everything seem dark. So what can we do about rainclouds? This beautiful picture book shows children that worries and negative thoughts are normal and helps them develop healthy thinking habits. Tips on mindfulness and extra resources for parents are included at the back of the book.
Age: 5+


Up and Down Mum
by Child’s Play and Wellcome Trust and illustrated by Summer Macon
Age range: 3+

Living with Mum is a bit like a roller coaster ride. At times, she is excited and full of energy, but at others, she is tired and withdrawn. But she’s always my mum, and we’re sharing the ride. For children who grow up in the care of a parent with mental health problems, life can be filled with anxiety and uncertainty. With the aid of a clear and simple information spread, this story helps us to understand the causes of mental illness and how we can learn to live with someone who has it. Developed in close consultation with families with parental mental health conditions and created in collaboration with the Wellcome Trust.


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Breath by breath
by Paul Christelis

Follow 3 children and how they all deal differently with feeling calm. Contains notes for parents and teachers.
Age: 6+


Self-esteem and mental health
by Anna Claybourne

Growing up isn’t always easy – your brain is changing and there’s many things to cope with from new emotions to stress. This book explores what is self-esteem and mental health and why it’s important and looks at topics such as mental illness, phobias, eating disorders and self-harm. It looks at techniques to deal with issues including stress reduction, mindfulness and assertiveness.
Age: 9+


Happy
by Nicola Edwards

This poetic journey to a place of happiness and calm will inspire and empower your child to enjoy the practice of mindfulness.
Age: 5+


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Double Felix
by Sally Harris and illustrated by Maria Serrano
Age range: 7+

He skips every second step when he takes the stairs, taps door handles twice and positions objects in pairs. The problem has become so bad that Felix is on the verge of being expelled from school because the principal has had enough of trying to run the school around his very specific rules. Then Charlie Pye arrives and turns his world upside down. She is grown up with very few rules. She eats cereal for lunch, calls a boat home, and has a very loose interpretation of school uniform. The question is, can Felix ever learn to be wrong when he is so obsessed with being right?


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Calm: mindfulness for kids 
by written by Wynne Kinder, M. Ed.

Teach your kids how to focus their thoughts and notice the world around them with this fun mindfulness kids activity book. Mindfulness activities are a great way to teach children about their thoughts and feelings and how to understand them – while having fun at the same time. This book is packed with activities – make a mindfulness jar, learn how to appreciate food with mindful eating, and get out into nature and explore the outside world.
Age: 7+


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Harry in a hurry
by Timothy Knapman

A retelling of Aesop’s fable. The Hare learns that you don’t always have to do everything as fast as you can to enjoy life.
Age: 3+


What is mental health? Where does it come from? and other big questions
by Lucy Maddox

Exploring and explaining the range of mental health, from wellbeing through to mental health problems, in a non-stigmatising, accessible and accurate way. This book is about the whole range of mental health, from feeling good and being able to do what we like, to needing extra help with thoughts or feelings or behaviours that have got out of hand. Having a mental health problem is part of the range of human experiences that any of us could have, and the book includes pieces from a range of contributors who share their experiences realting to mental health. Mental health problems can be frightening to experience, but there is help available and this book includes useful skills that can boost mental healthiness.
Age: 9+


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The Colour Thief: A families’ story of depression
by Andrew Fusek Peters and Polly Peters and illustrated by Karin Littlewood
Age range: 5+

The Colour Thief is a simple, heart-warming tale which helps to open up the
conversations around depression and to support young children whose families have been affected. We follow a young boy who loves spending time with his dad, doing fun things together. When his father becomes sad and distant, he doesn’t understand and believes he has done something to make his dad so, despite being told otherwise. Narrated from the child’s perspective, this is the perfect book to read with children who are trying to understand the 11 cause and effects of depression and reassure them that depression passes, and their parents are not lost to them.


What’s going on inside my head?
by Molly Potter

We all know that healthy minds are really important but how do we make sure we look after our mental health from a very young age? This is a book for children that explores practical ways we can keep our minds in good shape as well as our bodies. By talking about positive self-image, emotional intelligence, relationships and mindfulness, this book will help children develop healthy habits and good coping strategies from the start.
Age: 5+


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Mental well-being and mindfulness
by Ryan Wheatcroft

Introduces the importance of looking after your mind as well as your body. Looks at anxieties and self esteem etc and has guidance notes for parents and teachers at the back.
Age: 6+


How Not to Lose It: Mental Health Sorted
by Anna Williamson and illustrated by Sophie Beer
Age range: 9+

Family. Friends. Exams. Are you finding life a struggle? At times, it can feel like nothing but problems and pressure. But the good news is that even if you’re struggling to think straight, you can learn to be the boss of your brain. Creating healthy habits. Staying in the moment. Breaking negative thought patterns. Finding things to be happy about. Tricks like this are like taking your mood to the gym – helping you feel good and bounce back from obstacles. Attitudes, fears, stress levels: take charge of yours right now!


Useful Organisations

Action for Children:
Help and information to spot signs and behaviours that could point to needing more support in regards to mental health.

Mental Health Foundation:
Giving support, information and help about mental health for children.

NHS:
Information about anxiety in children.

Young Minds:
Support and advice for young people.

Worries and Anxieties

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Feeling worried or anxious is difficult for any of us to deal with. Sometimes it makes us feel strange and our tummies hurt. Sharing these books with your children might help them to recognise when they are worried and help them to find ways to manage their anxiety.

book cover

Lion’s in a Flap – Sue Graves & Trevor Dunton

This is a great book for an adult to share with an anxious child.  It explains what it feels like when you are very worried and suggests a couple of simple strategies to help make things feel better.  The illustrations provide some humorous relief.
Age: 3+

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Silly Billy – Anthony Browne

Billy is a bit of a worrier.  He worries so much that he can’t sleep.  Grandma knows just what he needs to help him overcome his fears.
Age: 4+

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The Black Dog – Levi Pinfold

In this modern fairy tale about the power of fear, a black dog appearing outside a family’s home.  It grows and grows the more family members see it. Only Small, the youngest of the Hope family, has the courage to face it.
Age: 6+

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The Huge Bag of Worries – Virginia Ironside & Frank Rodgers

Jenny has started to worry.  She worries about everything and soon the worries start to follow her wherever she goes.  This is a good book for starting a discussion about sharing your worries to stop them getting bigger.
Age: 5+

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The Worry Monster – Caroline Uff

Who wants a worry monster?  Sally doesn’t – but it won’t stop following her everywhere.  How can she make it go away?  A gentle tale about tackling worries and why it’s good to tell the truth.
Age: 4+

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The Worry Website – Jacqueline Wilson & Nick Sharratt

Is anything worrying you?  Do you have problems?  Don’t know where to turn for help?  Log on to the Worry Website, type in your worry and wait for the good advice to flow in.
Age: 9+

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William Worrydactyl – Brian Moses & Mike Gordon

William is a little dinosaur who worries every day about everything.  Will his Mum be able to help him become more confident?  Will he ever stop worrying?
Age: 4+

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Worries Go Away! – Kes Gray & Lee Wildish

When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola, but soon the worries begin to take hold. Only her family and friends can help.
Age: 3+

 

What's Worrying You? [Book]

What’s worrying you? – Molly Potter

We all have worries now and then, but sometimes worries can feel like they’re getting bigger and bigger, like you can’t control them any more. What do you do then? ‘What’s worrying you?’ is a book all about helping children understand their worries, and what to do when they feel overwhelmed by their thoughts and feelings.
Age: 3+

 

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Charlie Star – Terry Milne

Charlie is an anxious dachshund who worries that something terrible might happen if he doesn’t keep to his daily rituals. After he is called upon to help rescue a friend and in the rush forgets his rituals, Charlie discovers that he doesn’t have to be ruled by them and that change can have really positive outcomes.
Age: 4+

 

 

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Worry Monster – Caroline Uff

Sally eats a whole chocolate cake and lets Eric the dog take the blame. After that, the worry monster starts visiting her and growing in size until Sally confesses to mum.
Age: 3+

On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

About the book

It is June 1962. In a hotel on the Dorset coast, overlooking Chesil Beach, Edward and Florence, who got married that morning, are sitting down to dinner in their room. Neither is entirely able to suppress their anxieties about the wedding night to come…
On Chesil Beach is another masterwork from Ian McEwan – a story about how the entire course of a life can be changed by a gesture not made or a word not spoken.

Reviewed by King’s Somborne Reading Group:

We thoroughly enjoyed this read – we had a lively conversation about naivety and ignorance and incompatibility of the couple. A compelling read, beautifully crafted and we would recommend it heartily.

Star rating: ****

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