9 Great Children’s Books About Worry

Do you have younger students who struggle to understand what worry even is? Or students who have no idea what to do with their worries? I’m always looking for books to help students understand what worry is while also giving them actionable strategies to help manage worries. If you’re looking to add more titles to your shelf, you’ll love these great children’s books about worry.

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Looking for books to help kids learn to manage worries? You'll love these great children's books about worry for your counseling library! Books to help kids manage worries, understand worries, and practical worry exercises to overcome worry.

Children’s Books About Worry

Worries Are Not Forever

This book is from the Best Behavior series, and I love all of these books. They’re written simply with straight-forward language to help young kids understand that worries don’t last forever. This is perfect for preschool-aged students through grades 1 or 2. The book offers practical strategies for dealing with worries and normalizes the experience.


Worries Are Not Forever

Worry Says What?

This is a really great new book that shows how the main character personifies her worry and uses self-talk to overcome her worries. You can read my full review of it and download a free activity here.

Worry Says What? 

No More Monsters Under Your Bed

This book is specifically about fear about monsters under the bed, but it could be used to introduce the concept nonetheless. In this story, a boy’s parents give him a magic badge that keeps the monsters away, and he passes it along to friends when the monsters are no longer living in his room!

This is a great one to read if you’re going to make worry monsters with your students! They can practice challenging their worry monsters.

No More Monsters Under Your Bed

Please Explain Anxiety to Me!

This book is unique in that it concretely explains the biological and physical experience of anxiety in a way that children can understand. Helping students understand what’s actually happening in their bodies is so empowering because they begin to recognize the physiological experience and can employ strategies right away when they notice their body clues. Students will understand how their brains and bodies are connected and walk away with several effective strategies.

Please Explain Anxiety to Me!

What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart

This book is great to have on hand for those students who struggle with separation anxiety. Using a balloon analogy, students will learn to clear out dark clouds so that they can fly by using CBT strategies to reframe their thoughts.

What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart 

What to Do When You Feel Too Shy

From the same author as What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Apart, this book will help kids feel empowered to overcome social fears and worries.

What to Do When You Feel Too Shy

Don’t Feed the Worry Bug

In this adorable story, students will learn how to stop feeding the worry bug with attention. The book is written in rhyme and captures attention quickly. Students will walk away with a mantra to remind them to not feed the worry bug!

Don’t Feed the Worry Bug

How a Unicorn Made Me Stop Worrying

This is a cute book for younger students, especially those into the unicorn craze. The main character has lots of worries about all sorts of things, but her pet unicorn teaches her how to reframe those worries!

How a Unicorn Made Me Stop Worrying

The Good Egg

This book isn’t about worry specifically, but the main character spends a lot of time worrying about what his fellow egg carton mates are doing! He takes a break and learns to help himself deal with those big feelings so that he can “worry” about taking care of his own wellbeing instead of what others are doing. It’s a great one for talking about coping skills that are effective with worry! Find companion activities for The Good Egg here.

The Good Egg

What other children’s books about worries do you love? Let me know in the comments section! And if you’re looking for activities to help your students manage worries, you’ll love these group and individual counseling worry resources.

Looking for books to help kids learn to manage worries? You'll love these great children's books about worry for your counseling library! Books to help kids manage worries, understand worries, and practical worry exercises to overcome worry. These are perfect for your worry group counseling activities.
Looking for books to help kids learn to manage worries? You'll love these great children's books about worry for your counseling library! Books to help kids manage worries, understand worries, and practical worry exercises to overcome worry.

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