8 Best Children’s Books for Children Who Worry: An Age-By-Age Guide

This year has caused anxiety for many of us. With so much uncertainty, a lot of us are feeling concerned about the impact this may have on our kids. If we feel uneasy and stressed from this year, how are our children currently coping with these feelings? The importance of checking in with your child to talk about their feelings is crucial in helping them process their feelings that feel uncomfortable- like anxiety. Listed below are some books your child can turn to when feeling anxious, arranged by age group.

1. Ruby Finds a Worry | Ages 3-6

Summary: Meet Ruby - a happy, curious, imaginative girl. But one day, she finds something unexpected: a worry. It's not such a big worry, at first. But every day, it grows a little bigger...and a little bigger...until eventually, the worry is ENORMOUS and is all she can think about. This perceptive and poignant story is the perfect springboard for talking to children about emotional intelligence and sharing hidden anxieties. Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival

2. Listening to my Body | Ages 3-6

Summary: Big emotions can be overwhelming! Help your child build on their capacity to engage more mindfully, self-regulate, and develop emotional resilience. Easy, kid-friendly mindfulness activities are woven throughout to reinforce the teachings. Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia

3. When Worry Takes Hold | Ages 4-8

Summary: One night just before the lights went out, Worry snuck into Maya's mind. Worry grew bigger and bigger until there was no space left for anything else. Just darkness and fear. Join Maya as she finds Courage, through the form of a calming breath, and learns how to break free from Worry's hold. When Worry Takes Hold by Liz Haske

4. Find Your Calm: A Mindful Approach to Relieve Anxiety and Grow Your Bravery | Ages 4-8

Summary: Find Your Calm is a wonderfully accessible book that teaches children how to tap into their sense of safety when anxiety sends a false alarm, so they can find their calm. Includes simple activities for them to practice. Find Your Calm: A Mindful Approach to Relieve Anxiety and Grow Your Bravery by Gabi Garcia

5. Breathe Like a Bear: 30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere | Ages 4-8