In my family, we have read many of these anxiety books for kids to help my son.
When your child has anxiety, you can feel lost on how to help them and teach them how to help themselves.
From books from your children to teens, I wanted to offer suggestions of where to start no matter what the age of your child.
You can find these anxiety books for kids at your local library or purchase them through the affiliate links provided for your convenience.
Anxiety Books for Kids
I’ve broken this list of anxiety books for kids into multiple sections:
- picture books about anxiety
- workbooks for kids
- books to help teens with anxiety
- recommendations for books parents can read about anxiety
Picture Books about Anxiety
An interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety.
Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change.
This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers to use that can lessen the severity of anxiety.
Anxiety is a subjective sense of worry, apprehension, and/or fear. It is considered to be the number one health problem in America.
Although quite common, anxiety disorders in children are often misdiagnosed and overlooked. Everyone feels fear, worry and apprehension from time to time, but when these feelings prevent a person from doing what he/she wants and/or needs to do, anxiety becomes a disability.
The goal of the book is to give children the tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety.
This book translates anxiety from the jargon of psychology into concrete experiences that children can relate to.
Children and their parents will understand the biological and emotional components of anxiety responsible for the upsetting symptoms they experience.
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It’s way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he’s well-prepared.
Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day … his worst nightmare comes true!
Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting …
Master of Mindfulness is a unique and empowering book written for kids by kids, with cool illustrations and tips that show you how to be confident, get focused, stay calm, and tap into your own inner strength so that you can be your own superhero—no matter what life throws your way!
Do you ever feel angry, disappointed, or stressed out about family problems, school, bullies, or trouble with friends? If so, mindfulness can help.
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 behavior, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colorful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humor what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.
Learning to deal with anxiety is an important step in a child’s healthy emotional growth. Conquering fears, and not avoiding them, is the lesson imparted in this story.
David could not stop thinking about the basket he had missed at the end of the big game. He was worried that he might do it again. He was worried that his team mates would be angry with him.
He was worried that his parents would not be proud of him. He was also worried about an upcoming math test. In fact, David was worried a lot…
ANXIETY Workbooks FOR Children
The Anxiety Workbook for Kids is a fun and unique workbook grounded in evidence-based CBT.
This book is designed to help children understand their anxious thoughts within a positive framework — a perspective that will allow kids to see themselves as the highly imaginative individuals they are, and actually appreciate the role imagination plays in their anxiety.
With this workbook, children will learn that, just as they are capable of envisioning vivid scenarios that fuel their anxiety, they are capable of using their imagination to move away from anxious thoughts and become the boss of their own worries.
The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids: Help for Children to Cope with Stress, Anxiety, and Transitions
The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook for Kids, written by two child therapists, offers more than fifty activities you can do together as a family to help you and your child replace stressful and anxious feelings with feelings of optimism, confidence, and joy.
You’ll learn proven relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided imagery, mindfulness, and yoga, and then receive guidance for teaching them to your child.
Your child will also discover how taking time to do art and creative projects can create a sense of fulfillment and calm.
By completing just one ten-minute activity from this workbook each day, you’ll make relaxation a family habit that will stay with both you and your child for a lifetime.
Coping Skills for Kids Workbook: Over 75 Coping Strategies to Help Kids Deal with Stress, Anxiety and Anger
The Coping Skills for Kids Workbook is designed to help kids learn and practice coping skills to deal with anxiety, stress and anger. The workbook includes:
Over 75 Coping Skills for Kids to try with more than 20 Printables/Worksheets! Kids can read this book on their own, or they can work through it with a family member or another trusted adult.
Help for ANXIETY in TEENS
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.
101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety: Simple Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Overcoming Anxiety, Worry and Panic Attacks
Based on cognitive behavioral therapy, the most widely used and popular anxiety therapy among clinicians, “101 Ways to Conquer Teen Anxiety” offers dozens of beneficial quizzes, activities, tips and illustrations to help teens.
From mindfulness meditation and the repetition of positive mantras to diaphragmatic breathing and nature walks, the activities in this book both calm the body and keep thoughts from spiraling.
Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else
In Mindfulness for Teen Anxiety, psychologist and learning specialist Christopher Willard offers teens proven-effective, mindfulness-based practices to help you cope with your anxiety, identify common triggers (such as dating or school performance), learn valuable time-management skills, and feel more calm at home, at school, and with friends.
You’ll learn tips for dealing with specific situations that cause anxiety, such as public speaking, social anxiety, test anxiety, and more.
You’ll also learn special breathing exercises to help calm you in moments of panic, and guided visualization exercises to help you stay cool and collected, even in the tensest situations.
Is your anxiety kicking your teen’s butt? Are they tired of boring, long self-help books that do anything but help? Are they annoyed by suggestions that show the author doesn’t really get anxiety?
Until you have lived it – you will never understand anxiety’s insidious moves. Anxiety Sucks! Teen Survival Guide is short and to the point.
The Anxiety Workbook for Teens will show you how to deal with the day-to-day challenges of anxiety. It will help you develop a positive self-image and recognize your anxious thoughts.
The workbook also includes resources for seeking additional help and support if you decide you need it.
Parenting Books about Anxiety
Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety.
Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed.
But at least ten percent of children have excessive fears and worries—phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder—that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood.
If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help.
Freeing Your Child from Anxiety contains easy, fun, and effective tools for teaching children to outsmart their worries and take charge of their fears.
This revised and updated edition also teaches how to prepare children to withstand the pressure in our competitive test-driven culture.
Learn the tips, techniques, and exercises kids need to implement the book’s advice right away, including “How to Talk to Your Child” sections and “Do It Today” activities at the end of each chapter.
These simple solutions can help parents prevent their children from needlessly suffering today—and ensure that their children have the tools they need for a good life tomorrow.
Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous and Independent Children
From their success with hundreds of organizations, schools, and families, Reid Wilson, PhD, and Lynn Lyons, LICSW, share their unconventional approach of stepping into uncertainty in a way that is currently unfamiliar but infinitely successful.
How do you manage a child who gets stomachaches every school morning, who refuses after-school activities, or who is trapped in the bathroom with compulsive washing?
Using current research and contemporary examples, the book exposes the most common anxiety-enhancing patterns―including reassurance, accommodation, avoidance, and poor problem solving―and offers a concrete plan with 7 key principles that foster change.
Helping Your Anxious Teen: Positive Parenting Strategies to Help Your Teen Beat Anxiety, Stress, and Worry
This powerful book, based on cutting-edge research and cognitive behavioral strategies, will help you develop the know-how to effectively manage teen anxiety.
You’ll learn the best ways to support your teen in overcoming problematic thinking and fears, discover what behaviors and coping strategies unwittingly make anxiety worse, and understand how anxiety is best defeated with surprisingly counterintuitive methods.
Includes step-by-step guidance, along with numerous real-life examples and exercises.
Why does your toddler get upset when his or her routine is disrupted? Why do they follow you from room to room and refuse to play on their own? Why are daily routines such as mealtimes, bath time, and bed time such a struggle?
This accessible guide demystifies the difficult behaviors of anxious toddlers, offering tried-and-tested practical solutions to common parenting dilemmas. Each chapter begins with a real life example, clearly illustrating the behavior from the parent’s and the toddler’s perspective.
Once the toddler’s anxious behavior has been demystified and explained, new and effective parenting approaches are introduced to help parents tackle everyday difficulties and build up their child’s resilience, independence, and coping mechanisms.
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