Therapeutic storybooks are a powerful way for kids to learn to recognize, express, and cope with tough emotions and difficult life situations. A story can engage children, can give them language to talk about their problems, can help normalize their feelings, and can give them tools to help them face their own life circumstances.
Because stories are such effective therapeutic tools, I’ve been sharing some of my favourite stories over the last number of weeks. For each topic I cover several different storybooks. I discuss 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 mental health issue. So far, our series has covered books on anger, books on sadness and grief, and today we are continuing with Part 2 of our 3-part series on my favourite books for helping children cope with anxiety (See Part 1 here).
As explained last week, with each book I’m going to review, 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 in a therapeutic context. However, each of these books I cover has some strong positive qualities. Depending on the child you are trying to help, you may not need a book that does all the things I listed, and might find any of the books I discuss to be a great resource.
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 what your favourite therapeutic story on anxiety is.