Books about coping with fear and anxiety

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Children often experience fear and uncertainty during challenging times.  Here are some resources from GRRL's collection.


Kathy Hoopmann
Description: "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 humorous, quizzical depiction of bird behaviour, this book validates everyday experiences of anxiety, provides an understanding of the associated symptoms and offers compassionate coping strategies." -- Back cover.
Call Number: J 618.9285 Hoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Christopher Willard, Daniel J. Rechtschaffen, Holly Clifton-Brown
Description: In Alphabreaths, children will learn their ABCs and the basics of mindfulness through playful breathing exercises. Breaths like Mountain Breath and Redwood Breath will connect them with nature, while breaths like Heart Breath and Wish Breath will help them remember to fill their heart with gratitude and send good wishes to others. Simple, playful, and with delightful illustrations, Alphabreaths is the perfect introduction to mindfulness and breath awareness.
Call Number: E Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Terry Milne
Description: Charlie did everything the same, every day. He was afraid something bad would happen if he didn't. When an emergency disrupts his routine, Charlie discovers that sometimes change can lead to something wonderful.
Call Number: E Mil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees
Description: Pip-Pip, the littlest penguin, is teased for being afraid of the water until, with his mother's guidance, he finally jumps in.
Call Number: E And
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Sarah Ellis, Kim LaFave
Description: Ben was upset when his friend Peter moved away, but now the new neighbors are moving in across the street and Ben can't wait to go say hello and make friends. That is, until he notices that this family has a pet dog; and unlike his sister and brother, Ben isn't so sure around dogs. The big jaws and big teeth make him nervous. But what Ben doesn't realize is that Max is an "old scaredy-dog" who feels nervous too. Can Ben overcome his fear and come to see eye-to-eye with a new kind of friend? Sarah Ellis highlights the all-too-common childhood dread of canines as she once again explores the world through the eyes of Ben, a boy who wants to be brave but just can't help anticipating the worst when it comes to a new experience. Kim La Fave perfectly captures his characters' thoughts and intentions through spot-on expressions and body language, as he contrasts Ben's drawings of the creature he sees in his mind's eye with the reality of the big and cuddly dog next door, who just happens to have his own fear issues. The result is a gently funny book that explores the courageous heart that can be found within an anxious child.
Call Number: E Ell
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Jo Witek, Christine Roussey
Description: "An older sister explains to her younger sister all the things she used to be afraid of, along with some tricks to help, whether it's a special blanket for bedtime or singing during a storm"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Wit
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Kate Coombs, Anna Emilia Laitinen
Description: A collection of poems paired with imagery of the natural world reminds readers about the importance of staying calm, soothing emotions, and appreciating the world around them.
Call Number: J 811.6 Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Wynne Kinder
Description: Shares mindfulness activities that teach children how to focus their thoughts and pay attention, with care, to one moment at a time, including breathing exercises, moving the body to unwind stress, and taking a walk in the woods.
Call Number: J 158.12 Kin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Eric Carle
Description: When the Very Hungry Caterpillar gets anxious, he takes a moment to breathe and calm himself.
Call Number: E Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Gennifer Choldenko, Dan Santat
Description: "A boy keeps a toy dinosaur in his pocket to help him be brave like his dad--but when the dinosaur goes missing, Dad knows just what to do"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Anne Marie Guanci, Caroline Attia
Description: David could not stop worrying; his anxiety was growing and growing. David's story will help children learn how to deal with anxiety. Includes tips for kids and parents.
Call Number: J 155.4 Gua
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
J. R. Krause
Description: Georgie is afraid of the dark, but after an adventure with a dragon that is afraid of the knight in the book where he normally dwells, both are ready to sleep.
Call Number: E Kra
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Trevor Romain, PorchLight Home Entertainment (Firm)
Description: Using laughter, great music and hair-raising chills, this DVD offers such practical advice on overcoming fears as not getting anxious, thinking positive thoughts and not panicking.
Call Number: Children
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
David Starr
Description: Abbas is a Syrian refugee and a striker on a junior high soccer team of refugee and immigrant players. He is excited when his team is sponsored to play a big tournament, where he can reconnect with a friend from Syria. But a traffic accident triggers Abbas to experience anxiety and flashbacks to the violence in Syria. He must find a way to conquer his flashbacks and anxiety before the big tournament, and also help his whole team deal with the pressure of the competition.
Call Number: J FIC Sta
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Carol McCloud, David Messing
Description: Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this book encourages positive behavior as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation, and love on a daily basis.
Call Number: J 152.42 McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale
Description: Illustrations and easy-to-read text celebrate mindfulness and the connectedness of everything on Earth.
Call Number: E Den
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Karen Young, Norvile Dovidonyte
Description: Kids can do amazing things with the right information. Understanding why anxiety feels the way it does and where the physical symptoms come from is a powerful step in turning anxiety around. Anxiety explained, kids empowered.
Call Number: E You
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Michael Ian Black, Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Description: Potato is worried about what might happen in the future, causing Flamingo to worry, too, but their friend, a little girl, encourages them to focus on enjoying the present, instead.
Call Number: E Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Mallika Chopra, Brenna Vaughan
Description: A meditation guide for teens offers specific mindfulness exercises to help deal with day-to-day challenges and includes tips to lead a happier, healthier, and more connected life.
Call Number: J 158.12 Cho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Gina Bellisario, Renée Kurilla
Description: A busy girl who feels stressed by her full schedule of school, soccer, piano lessons, homework, and chores learns from her parents ways to deal with her stress.
Call Number: J 155.9 Bel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Description: The Muppet Babies pretend to be explorers and go into the closet, but Kermit is afraid of the dark and does not want his friends to know.
Call Number: BB Ker
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Melanie Ann Apel
Description: Defines worry and discusses ways in which it can be both beneficial and harmful.
Call Number: J 152.4 Ape
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Laurie M. Grossman, Angelina Manriquez, Calif.). Mr. Musumeci's 5th grade class Reach Academy (East Oakland
Description: Students discuss a variety of stressful situations and explain how to practice mindfulness to stay calm and focused.
Call Number: J 155.418 Gro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Francesca Sanna
Description: When a young girl has to move countries and start at a new school, her fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand anyone? Surely no one else feels the same way.
Call Number: E San
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Whitney Stewart, Sally Rippin
Description: Describes nine simple meditation exercises to help children find focus, manage stress, and face challenges.
Call Number: J 158.12 Ste
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Booki Vivat
Description: When Abbie Wu goes to "Outdoor School," with her older brother as a counselor, she is torn between excitement and anxiety but decides to make it a life-changing adventure.
Call Number: J FIC Viv
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Lana Button, Christine Battuz
Description: When Kitty can't find her teacher she begins to worry about who will help her during the day, but soon discovers that help is around every corner.
Call Number: E But
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon
Description: Despite his father's reassurances, Pedro is frightened by the monsters in his dreams--until he finds a way to use his love of monster trucks to defeat his dream monsters.
Call Number: J FIC Man Spanish
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
Description: "Born with Down syndrome, Portia knows people want to limit what she can do. Inside herself, Portia knows she can do anything--including getting over her fear of dogs. But when Penny the pit bull terrier shows up, she isn't so sure. Includes 'Never-Fear Dog Tips' and information about the dog breed, American pit bull terrier"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Riv
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang, Nathan Reed
Description: "I'm Sam Wu and there is not even the slightest possibility that I might be afraid of the dark. At all. EVER. But when I went camping in the woods with my best friend Bernard (at nighttime and everything!) I figured it would only be sensible to: 1) Light a campfire to deter Great Big Grizzly Bears/Attacking Aliens/Zombie Werewolves 2) Stay awake ALL night to make sure it works. Nooooo problem. Really!"--Page [4] of cover.
Call Number: J FIC Tsa
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Dawn Huebner, Robin C Morris
Description: Anna's father calls her the "what if kid" because she worries about everything, big or small. Fortunately, Anna is helped by a psychologist who teaches her simple and fun cognitive and behavioral techniques. By the end of the book, Anna still worries sometimes--but now she knows just what to do.
Call Number: J 152.46 Hue
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Todd Parr
Description: In his new book about things that might make kids worry--from loud news, to loud neighbors, or a big day at school--bestselling and beloved author Parr reassures kids who are feeling the weight of their world, offering solutions and comfort, as well as giggles.
Call Number: E Par
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Szanne Chiew, Sean Julian
Description: "Murry Bear has so many worries. Luckily, his sister, Molly, knows just what to do. "Sharing worries always makes them feel smaller," she says. She also tells him about her worry box. "When I'm worried about something," she says, "I write it down, then put it inside." Then Molly offers to help make one for Murray, and he takes it on their journey to the waterfall -- but will it really help?"--Back cover.
Call Number: E Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Carolyn Crimi, Laurel Molk
Description: A little dog's paralyzing anxiety gives way to bravery when someone smaller arrives in need during a whooshy, splashy, overwhelming day at the beach.
Call Number: E Cri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Dawn Huebner, Bonnie Matthews
Description: "Teaches school-age children cognitive-behavioral techniques to reduce and overcome anxiety, fears, and worry, through writing and drawing activities and self-help exercises and strategies. Includes introduction for parents"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J 155.4 Hue
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
James J Crist
Description: Assures children that they are not the only ones who experience fear and worry. Ideas to help overcome them.
Call Number: J 152.4 Cri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Louise Bladen, Angela Perrini
Description: Children who struggle with negative thoughts may wonder how to make them go away. In this guided, illustrated meditation for kids, author Louise Bladen offers a simple mindfulness practice, not to banish bad thoughts, but to feel calm in the midst of thoughts that come and go. Children will learn how to breathe and center themselves in their bodies, find different ways to think about their positive and negative thoughts, and ultimately learn that they have the ability to feel calm and at peace no matter what kinds of thoughts happen to be in their mind at any particular moment.
Call Number: E Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Andrée Poulin, Véronique Joffre
Description: A hungry little bear is trapped inside a dumpster. His distraught mama bear can't fish him out. Thankfully, a boy and his mother, camping nearby, come to the rescue. Although everyone in this story is scared, they are able to act with courage and compassion. This picture book normalizes fear, with the repetition of just one sentence, "He was scared."-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Pou
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Georgia Pritchett
Description: Things Wilf was worried about before: stuffed animals, peanut butter, creepy crawlies that have waggly feeler things instead of eyes. Things Wilf is worried about now: the most evil man in the world, the most evil man in the world living next door, anyone called Alan. When Alan, a self-styled Evil Lunatic, moves in next door with his grumpy robot sidekick and his silent right-hand-dog, Kevin Phillips, Wilf knows he will have to find a way to overcome his fears. And soon he realises: only he can stop Alan's ridiculous yet still Quite Evil plan to destroy the world..
Call Number: J FIC Pri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Anthony Browne
Description: One warm, sunny day, Willy the Chimp decides to go to the park. There's not a cloud in the sky--well, except for just a little tiny one. It doesn't bother Willy too much at first. But as the cloud follows him, it grows bigger and bigger and becomes harder and harder to ignore. Pretty soon the cloud is all Willy can think about, and he has no idea how to make it go away.
Call Number: E Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla
Description: Wilma Jean worries about everything. She worries about missing the bus, doing a math problem wrong, having friends to play with, and getting carrots in her school lunch. Wilma Jean's teacher helps her figure out what worries she can control and those that she can't and what to do about both types of worries.
Call Number: E Coo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
Chitra Soundar, Poonam Mistry
Description: "The baby animals of the Indian forest can't sleep. SWISH-SWISH! CRACK-TRACK! FLASH-SNAP! goes the storm. Only Mama Elephant's words of wisdom can reassure them, "You're safe with me.""--Back cover.
Call Number: E Chi
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 22, 2020
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All Birds Have Anxiety
Kathy Hoopmann
J 618.9285 Hoo
Let's Talk About Feeling Worried
Melanie Ann Apel
J 152.4 Ape
Alphabreaths : The Abcs Of Mindful Breathing
Christopher Willard, Daniel J. Rechtschaffen, Holly Clifton-Brown
E Wil
Master Of Mindfulness : How To Be Your Own Superhero In Times Of Stress
Laurie M. Grossman, Angelina Manriquez, Calif.). Mr. Musumeci's 5th grade class Reach Academy (East Oakland
J 155.418 Gro
Anxious Charlie To The Rescue
Terry Milne
E Mil
Me And My Fear
Francesca Sanna
E San
Be Brave, Little Penguin
Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees
E And
Meditation Is An Open Sky : Mindfulness For Kids
Whitney Stewart, Sally Rippin
J 158.12 Ste
Ben And The Scaredy-dog
Sarah Ellis, Kim LaFave
E Ell
Minor Incidents And Absolute Uncertainties
Booki Vivat
J FIC Viv
Brave As Can Be : A Book Of Courage
Jo Witek, Christine Roussey
E Wit
My Teacher's Not Here!
Lana Button, Christine Battuz
E But
Breathe And Be : A Book Of Mindfulness Poems
Kate Coombs, Anna Emilia Laitinen
J 811.6 Coo
Pedro Y El Monstruo
Fran Manushkin, Tammie Lyon
J FIC Man Spanish
Calm : Mindfulness For Kids
Wynne Kinder
J 158.12 Kin
Penny Helps Portia Face Her Fears
Caryn Dahlstrand Rivadeneira
J FIC Riv
Calm With The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle
E Car
Sam Wu Is Not Afraid Of The Dark
Katie Tsang, Kevin Tsang, Nathan Reed
J FIC Tsa
Dad And The Dinosaur
Gennifer Choldenko, Dan Santat
E Cho
Sometimes I Worry Too Much, But Now I Know How To Stop : A Book To Help Children Who Worry When They Don't Need To
Dawn Huebner, Robin C Morris
J 152.46 Hue
David And The Worry Beast : Helping Children Cope With Anxiety
Anne Marie Guanci, Caroline Attia
J 155.4 Gua
The Don't Worry Book
Todd Parr
E Par
Dragon Night
J. R. Krause
E Kra
The Worry Box
Szanne Chiew, Sean Julian
E Chi
Facing Fear Without Freaking Out [DVD]
Trevor Romain, PorchLight Home Entertainment (Firm)
Children
There Might Be Lobsters
Carolyn Crimi, Laurel Molk
E Cri
Golden Game
David Starr
J FIC Sta
What To Do When You Worry Too Much : A Kid's Guide To Overcoming Anxiety
Dawn Huebner, Bonnie Matthews
J 155.4 Hue
Have You Filled A Bucket Today? : A Guide To Daily Happiness For Kids
Carol McCloud, David Messing
J 152.42 McC
What To Do When You're Scared & Worried : A Guide For Kids
James J Crist
J 152.4 Cri
Here And Now
Julia Denos, E. B. Goodale
E Den
What's In Your Mind Today?
Louise Bladen, Angela Perrini
E Bla
Hey Warrior
Karen Young, Norvile Dovidonyte
E You
When You're Scared
Andrée Poulin, Véronique Joffre
E Pou
I'm Worried
Michael Ian Black, Debbie Ridpath Ohi
E Bla
Wilf The Mighty Worrier Saves The World
Georgia Pritchett
J FIC Pri
Just Breathe : Meditation, Mindfulness, Movement, And More
Mallika Chopra, Brenna Vaughan
J 158.12 Cho
Willy And The Cloud
Anthony Browne
E Bro
Keep Calm! : My Stress-busting Tips
Gina Bellisario, Renée Kurilla
J 155.9 Bel
Wilma Jean The Worry Machine
Julia Cook, Anita DuFalla
E Coo
Kermit The Brave.
BB Ker
You're Safe With Me
Chitra Soundar, Poonam Mistry
E Chi