Children's Books About Worry to Read Aloud

These books soothe and comfort in times of distress with messages of friendship and healing.
Jun 17, 2022
Children's Books About Worry to Read Aloud

Jun 17, 2022

Whether it’s over gearing up for a big exam at school or starting a new routine, children can feel anxiety just like adults. There may be times when your child expresses fear about the future — or they might have trouble articulating their feelings. This is the time to remind them of your love and support. The read-alouds in this book list can serve as a safe haven for you and your child to discuss these topics! 

For your young reader, Ruby Finds a Worry and I’m Happy-Sad Today showcase characters experiencing a mix of emotions, including nervousness, who are overwhelmed by their feelings. The message of these books is that exploring difficult feelings brings relief. Plus, your child will pick up new words to describe their feelings along the way!

Meanwhile, picture books Belly Breathe and Zen Shorts offer child-friendly lessons in coping with worry — as breathing exercises and meditation lead the way. Stillwater, the panda storyteller in Zen Shorts, now even has his own enlightening series on Apple+.

For older readers, author Raina Telgemeier recounts her adolescent life experiences in beloved graphic novels. In Guts, readers follow young Raina on her journey to talk therapy, an outlet she turns to when her worries grow too big. 

And in Buster and Better With Butter, comfort comes in the form of animal companions. Buster is a therapy dog for his human Tonio, who’s become afraid of everything. And in Better With Butter, the emotional support animal is an adorable fainting goat named Butter. Butter arrives at the right time for 12-year-old Marvel, who has worries of all kinds, from making friends to walking home alone. 

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