Anxiety is one of the most common mental health issues that children experience, and so it’s likely you’ve taught, counselled, or parented a child who has struggled with worry, panic, shyness, or some other manifestation of anxiety. If so, this week’s video is for you. We’re continuing with our series on therapeutic storybooks for children on our YouTube channel. Over the course of the last few weeks, we’ve looked at some great books for helping kids cope with anger and sadness/grief. This week, I’m going to share with you some of my favourite storybooks for helping children with anxiety. I’ll give you the pros and cons of each, so you can know which ones are going to most useful to you in your classroom, counselling room or home. In total, I picked 14 books on this subject, so needless to say, this particular topic will run for 2 or 3 videos.
With each book I’m going to review, I ask the following questions:
- Is the book fun? Does it have a fun storyline? Engaging pictures? etc.
- Does it give a good picture of what anxiety feels like in the body?
- Does it give a good understanding of what anxiety is like in a person’s mind?
- Does it offer some strategies for helping kids tackle anxiety?
- Are there any other things that are relevant for using this book to help a child struggling with anxiety.
After answering those questions for each selection, I give each book a score out of 4. I like a book that does all four of these things, because it makes that resource more versatile and enables me to use it with a client at pretty much any point in the therapy process. That being said, if I give one a lower score, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great book or that you shouldn’t pick it up for a child you know. You might not need a book that does all the things I said above and so any of the books that I chose to include could be a great resource.
Here is a sneak peek of the books I review this week.
Watch the full review video:
Let us know in the comments what is important for you in choosing a good therapeutic story.