Books for anxious children

June 5th, 2021

I was a dreadfully anxious child. At the time, it seemed to me that I was the only one in the world who felt like that, and I became very good at hiding it. Looking back, I really needed books that told me I wasn’t the only one. Books that told me I wasn’t weird and alone.

So now I’m making a list of books for anxious children. I haven’t got very far with it yet, but I thought I’d share what I’ve found. (Note that I haven’t read any of these yet. But they were all recommended to me by people whose judgement I trust.)

I have linked each title to a review.

Middle grade novels: Michaela Mason’s Big List of 23 22 Worries by Alexa Moses.

Kate Gordon’s Aster’s Good, Right Things. (Pretty much any of Kate’s middle-grade novels tackle anxiety and other such issues with a delicate touch.)

Picture books: Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys

Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Go Away, Worry Monster by Brooke Graham

If you know of any middle grade novels or picture books I could add to this list, please let me know in the comments.

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