Dealing with Anxiety and Worry in Children

By Melissa Mason
Children are going through a lot right now and it can be difficult to find the best ways to help them. Try these picture books that can help children in learning how to be mindful, deal with frustrations and to persevere.


Puppy in my Head Book CoverPuppy In My Head: A Book About Mindfulness

By:  Elise Gravel

Kids experience anxiety and can feel overwhelmed just like adults do, and this picture book serves as both a story and a step-by-step guide to help calm kids down. Ollie is the puppy living inside of our narrator’s head, and when Ollie panics or is too energetic, the narrator feels that way, too! But she learns to handle the situation with her breath and her mindfulness, and by talking it out with an adult.




Peaceful Like a Panda Book CoverPeaceful Like a Panda : 30 Mindful Moments for Playtime, Mealtime, Bedtime–or Anytime!

By: Kira Willey

These easy-to-follow exercises help kids calmly and mindfully navigate their day, from sunrise to sunset. With sections dedicated to key activities in a child’s routine–waking up, traveling, learning, playing, eating, and bedtime–kids can learn techniques for managing their bodies, breath, and emotions anywhere, anytime.




The Power of Yet Book CoverThe Power of Yet

By: Maryann Cocca-Leffler

This charming picture book tells the story of one small piglet who uses the Power of Yet to conquer frustration. While it may not be possible to perfectly flip pancakes or play the violin yet, with practice and patience and courage and grit, anything is possible!





The Little Butterfly that could Book CoverThe Little Butterfly That Could

By: Ross Burach

An extremely confused and frightened butterfly turns to a whale for guidance on how to reach the flowers–and encouragement as the whale advises him to never give up on his migration.






All Birds Have Anxiety Book CoverAll Birds Have Anxiety

By: Kathy Hoopmann

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 behaviour, All Birds Have Anxiety uses colourful images and astute explanations to explore with gentle humour what it means to live with anxiety day-to-day, and how to begin to deal with it.




A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers Book CoverA Feel Better Book for Little Worriers

By: Holly Brochmann and Leah Bowen

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text provide young children with tools for dealing with feelings of anxiety, such as breathing deeply or replacing worry with happy thoughts.