Our new booklist for young children covers what it means to have feelings of anxiety. Share these books with your child to explore positive ways of coping with these emotions. We have also included some helpful titles for parents to help with supporting children.
Sharing stories is a great way to explore challenging issues with children. Using gentle, age-appropriate picture books can help start conversations, encourage questions, reassure children that others have faced the same problems or give them a preview to an upcoming situation they may be worried about.
Share these books with your child also helps discuss any questions or concerns they may have.
Our librarians have gathered their favourite titles to create the Special times, special needs series of recommended reading lists with books to share with children and to support parents and carers. Please come in and chat with library staff any time to find more information and resources on this, or any other tricky topic, you want to know more about.
Highlights from our booklist
Jack loves playing the trumpet but the worry about his first concert keeps growing in Jack’s worry, and Alfie’s mum helps him find a special place where it’s okay to feel shy at The underwater fancy-dress parade.
But what if?: a book about feeling worried follows Daisy’s move to a new house and new school, and includes a wordless storyboard encouraging children to tell another story.
Stories about worry and anxiety
- The underwater fancy-dress parade by Davina Bell
- What if … ? by Anthony Browne
- Silly Billy by Anthony Browne
- The worry box by Suzanne Chiew
- But what if?: a book about feeling worried by Sue Graves
- Noni is nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman
- What to do when you worry too much by Dawn Huebner
- Worries are like clouds by Shona Innes
- Whimsy’s heavy things by Julie Kraulis
- How it feels to be a boat by James Kwan
- It's OK to feel the way you do: otherwise you wouldn't be you! by Josh Langley
- Charlie Star by Terry Milne
- William Worrydactyl by Brian Moses
- Jack’s worry by Sam Zuppardi
Stories about worry and anxiety for parents and carers
- You and your anxious child: free your child from fears and worries and create a joyful family life by Anne Marie Albano
- The opposite of worry: the playful parenting approach to childhood anxieties and fears by Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph.D
- Your anxious child: how parents and teachers can relieve anxiety in children by John S. Dacey
- Anxious kids by Michael Grose and Dr. Jodi Richardson
- Calming your anxious child : words to say and things to do by Kathleen Trainor
More recommended reading
To view booklists on a variety of subjects, visit our booklists page.