Therapeutic storybooks can be a valuable resource for helping kids to identify, express, and cope with a wide range of emotions and difficult life situations. Stories capture kids attention, give them language to express their feelings and talk about their problems, normalize children’s feelings, and can teach them skills to help them handle tough circumstances.
Over the last number of months, I’ve been sharing some of my favourite stories to help children learn how to cope with various emotions and mental health challenges. For each topic I have discussed several different storybooks, including both the positive and negative aspects of each book and the ways in which I think it could be useful in helping your students, clients, or children to deal with that particular issue. So far, our series has covered books on anger, books on sadness and grief, and today we are continuing with the final part of our 3-part series on books for helping children cope with anxiety (See Part 1 here and Part 2 here).
As explained in parts 1 and 2, with each book I’m going review in this video, I ask the following questions:
- Is the book fun?
- Does it give us a good picture of the physical characteristics of anxiety?
- Does it give us a good picture of the cognitive aspect of anxiety?
- Does it provide kids with some concrete tools for coping with anxiety?
After answering those questions for each selection, I give each book a score out of 4. A higher score means that I find the book more versatile and easier to use at various points in a therapeutic context. However, each of the books I cover has some strong positive qualities – thus why they are my favourites. Depending on the child you are trying to help, and what your relationship with that particular child is, you may not need a book that covers all four of these areas, and might find any of the books I discuss to be a great tool for you to add to your bookshelf.
Watch the full review below. Be sure to visit our Alcove Child and Youth Resources Youtube channel and subscribe to stay up to date with other videos we put out.
Let us know in the comments which of these books you might like to check out.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post on our newest resource, My Anxiety Toolkit, now available on Amazon.