Best books and resources for supporting kids with anxiety

In March 2017, parenting author and educator Maggie Dent put a post on Facebook asking for suggestions of insightful books and resources that may help a parent of an anxious prone child.

The original Facebook post:

Maggie  shared Anxious Toddlers: Parenting Survival for All Ages post. (Please note this site curated by Natasha Daniels actually has great resources for parents of children and teens, not just toddlers so do check it out).

One of the most effective ways to help children with their fears is through reading books. Here is the ultimate list of children’s books for worries – separated by themes.

Child Therapist’s List of Best Kid’s Books for Worries

Does your child have fears of the dark? Worries about making friends? Fear of the potty? Any other suggestions?


Book titles suggested by our community and Maggie:

  • Hey Warrior by Karen Young
  • Beyond Behaviours and Brain Body Parenting by Mona Delahooke
  • How Big Are Your Worries Little Bear?  by Jayneen Sanders
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Chester the Brave by Audrey Penn
  • Starting School by Jane Godwin (for school refusal/anxiety)
  • Do I Have to go to School by Pat Thomas (for school refusal/anxiety)
  • Alpacas Don’t Worry by Christina Keeble
  • Llama Lama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney (for school/separation anxiety)
  • Eddie Frogbert by Sue Degennaro (trying something new/being brave)
  • Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susan Whelan
  • Jack’s Worry by Sam Zuppardi
  • The Unforgettable What’s His Name by Paul Jennings (chapter book)
  • The Invisible String by Patrice Karst (great for separation anxiety apparently)
  • The Big Bag of Worries by Virginia Ironside
  • Anxiety Sucks: A Teen Survival Guide by Natasha Daniels


 More resources to manage anxiety in children:


DISCLAIMER: These suggestions are shared from our Facebook community – please do your own research when making choices for your family.

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