All Birds Have Anxiety. Kathy Hoopmann.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers – ISBN: 978-1-78592-182-7
This picture book can be used with children and young people of all ages. Using photos of birds, the author explains what anxiety is, how it may feel, how it can affect everyday life and gives suggestions for coping strategies. It is a great book to have when starting to address anxiety because it is easy to read and understand. It is a good tool to begin discussions with your child to encourage them, with your support, to work on their anxiety.
CBT Doodling for Kids – 50 illustrated handouts to help build confidence and emotional resilience in children aged 6-11. Tanja Sharpe.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers – ISBN: 978-1-78592-537-5
Although this book suggests it is for children aged 6-11, I think some of the content could also be used with secondary aged children. In the book there are lots of simple “doodle monsters” who all have their own names and relate to a given emotion. Along with a short introduction to each monster, an activity is given which encourages the child to explore their feelings and emotions. I think this is a really good book to use alongside some of the other texts in this list or on its own to help a child develop an understanding of their own feelings and emotions.
Can I tell you about Anxiety? Lucy Willetts and Polly Waite.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers – ISBN: 978-1-84905-527-7
This book is from the very successful “Can I tell you about…” series. Written from the perspective of a 10 year old girl called Megan, this book explains what anxiety is and how it affects Megan in her everyday life. It is a book that can be shared and read with younger children through to teenagers and shares lots of good tips on where you might find strategies and support. Megan describes and identifies the different types of anxiety she experiences and that may be experienced by others. I feel this is a good book to help with understanding what anxiety is and that it can be managed so it has less impact on your child’s life.
Don’t worry, Be Happy – A child’s guide to overcoming anxiety. Poppy O’Neill.
Published by Summersdale Publishers Ltd – ISBN: 978-1-78685-236-6
Written for 7-11 year olds, children are guided through the activities by a character called Fiz. Like many of the other books, this book is based on a CBT approach. The activities encourage children to identify their own feelings and to work through different situations in which they may find themselves feeling anxious. The task instructions and explanations are quite wordy, so will require adult support to read and aid understanding however the range of activities is good.
No Worries – An activity book for young people who sometimes feel anxious or stressed. Dr Sharie Coombes.
Published by Studio Press - ISBN: 978-1-78741-087-9
The “No Worries” book is part of a series of books published by Studio Press and written by Dr Sharie Coombes – a child, family and adult psychotherapist. It is a bright and cheery book with great illustrations that make the activities look inviting. There is relatively little reading to do and lots of art-based tasks or tasks that only require a little bit of writing. I think this book would most suit primary children and younger secondary children although it may also be enjoyed by older teenagers.
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin – A cognitive behavioural therapy workbook on anxiety management for young people. Kate Collins-Donnelly.
Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers – ISBN: 978-1-84905-341-9
Starving the Anxiety Gremlin was Children’s Choice Winner for the School Library Association Awards in 2014. The age range for this book is 10+ although there is also a younger child’s version available for ages 5-9. The author advises the tasks can be completed independently by a young person but can also be undertaken with adult support such as a parent, a teacher/tutor or a therapist. I would suggest that this is a better way to use this resource unless your child is very motivated, self-aware and can read, comprehend and then action large amounts of text. The content of the book is very detailed and shares a number of real-life stories to help young people realise they are not the only one who finds managing anxiety a challenge.
CBT Workbook for Kids – Fun exercises and Activities to help children overcome anxiety and face their fears at home, at school and out in the world.Heather Davidson Psy.D, BCN.Published by Althea Press – ISBN: 978-1-64152-349-3
The opening page of this book explains that it is best used as a shared resource with your child. It also has a parental support section at the end of the book which provides advice but also gently questions the parent to see if any of their behaviour and responses to their child may be unknowingly contributing to their child’s anxiety. The activities are based around trying to change thought patterns and how your child responds to stressful situations. Although colourful, it is quite wordy in places and the language will need to be made more “child-friendly” in places. I feel this book may be more useful for parents to read and pick out some of the activities or strategies to share with their child rather than a workbook that can be worked through by a child or young person. However, the content is good and very informative.
The Mindfulness Journal for Teens – Prompts and practices to help you stay cool, calm and present. Jennie Marie Battistin MA LMFT.
Published by Rockridge Press – ISBN: 978-1-64611-283-8
This resource would suit any “tween” or teenager who loves to write. It shows how journaling or diary writing can be a therapeutic tool for anxiety management. As it says in the beginning of the book – “mindfulness is not a 30-day fad – it is a lifetime habit that you can use to make things better.” The book has illustrated borders and encourages the user to write whilst thinking about their emotions. A good book to help young people reflect on their emotions and learn the skill of mindfulness.
The Anxiety Survival Guide for Teens – CBT skills to overcome fear, worry and panic. Jennifer Shannon LMFT.
Published by Instant Help Books – ISBN: 978-1-62625-243-1
In my opinion, this book is aimed at older teenagers 15+. It presents as a resource that a young person can read independently and will provide them with a good understanding of a range of different anxiety types. The real-life scenarios in the book also demonstrate how anxiety can appear in different situations, helping teens to see that they are not alone. Jennifer Shannon provides strategies that teens can use to help them begin to manage their own mental well-being.
Keep Calm! – An activity book to help young people carry on during and after Coronavirus. Dr Sharie Coombes.
Published by Studio Press – ISBN: 978-1-78741-880-6
This book is written by the author of the “No worries” book and has been produced to support children and young people with their thoughts during and after Coronavirus. For a book that has been put together quickly, I am really impressed with the quality of the activities and advice it contains. It follows a similar style and layout to other books in the series but has coronavirus specific activities and terminology. At the end of the book there are tips for parents and carers on not only how to support your child but also suggestions relating to your own self-care. This book could be used for primary aged children with parental support and guidance to complete the activities or by secondary aged young people who could complete the activities independently.