Books to help children deal with their fears, worries and anxiety.
Samuel Scaredosuarus by Brian Moses and Mike Gordon
Samuel Scaredosaurus was scared of lots of things. He was scared of spiders, strange noises, dark shadows and being left on his own. Would he ever be able to face his fears? This humourous picture book explores different things that might scare children, for example shadows and noises in the dark, being lost, bullies, fairground rides, going to school and heights.
My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain
A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries? This engaging story will help children and parents talk about anxiety and worries and how to overcome them.
Flamingo is Brave by Sue Graves
This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to being brave, and help them find ways to overcome their fears. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children understand their emotions. Flamingo finds everything frightening and it stops him from joining in sometimes. With a little help from his friends, he finds a way to be braver and face his fears.
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.
Everybody Worries by Jon Burgerman
Everybody worries and that's OK. This reassuring and practical picture book combines helpful tips endorsed by clinical psychologists with fun rhyming couplets and colourful pictures to help children open up about their feelings and get anxiety under control. The perfect book to soothe worries during stressful times, which can be a great springboard into having important conversations with your child.
When My Worries Get Too Big! by Kari Dunn Buron
A relaxation book for children who live with anxiety which looks at ways for young children with to recognize when they are losing control and constructive ways to deal with it.
Helping Your Child with Worry and Anxiety by Ann Cox
Are you worried about your child's mental health? Is your child or teenager showing worrying signs or symptoms? Are you waiting for a CAMHS referral, or professional treatment for your child? This book is written by a team of mental health care professionals who have decades of experience working with children and young people. If your child is showing signs of anxiety or any related mental health condition, if you're thinking about consulting a professional or even on the waiting list to see one, it will have plenty of practical strategies to support both them and you.
The Worry Website by Jacqueline Wilson
Lots of the kids in Mr Speed's class have problems to worry about and it's sometimes difficult to discuss them. So Mr Speed sets up the Worry Website on the classroom computer. All of the short stories in this collection are linked.
Anxious Adam Braves the Test by Marne Ventura
Adam is dyslexic, so academic tests are difficult for him. He calls on his three best friends - the Worry Warriors - to help him calm his fears while giving him tools to prepare to pass the test.
My Anxious Mind: a teen's guide to managing anxiety and panic by Michael Tompkins
My Anxious Mind' outlines a simple and proven plan to help you understand and deal with your anxiety and panic. It is full of simple-to-use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teen's busy routine.