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Dealing with fear and anxiety

Jeremy worried about the wind, by Pamela Butchart and Kate Hindley

A quirky, touching fully illustrated picture book that will open up important conversations about worries and anxiety from Blue Peter prize winning author, Pamela Butchart. Jeremy is a worrier. He worries about odd socks, spotty bananas, evil squirrels, burnt toast, dinosaurs and, most of all the wind! His friend Maggie isn't worried about anything - after all, what's the worst that could happen? But when Maggie decides to go outside and play in the wind, Jeremy must act fast to keep her out of danger, and he is soon to discover that a bit of courage leads to the most exciting adventures.

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My monster and me, by Nadiya Hussain and Ella Bailey

A touching story about a little boy whose worry monster follows him everywhere he goes. It's there when he gets dressed, when he wants to play with his toys, and even when his friends come over to visit. How can he escape his worries? This engaging story will help children and parents talk about anxiety and worries and how to overcome them.

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No longer alone, by Joseph Coelho and Robyn Wilson-Owen

This touching picture book subtly deals with big emotions such as loss, with an uplifting and hopeful message about being yourself and the importance of family and talking about worries. Told through the voice of a little girl who is labelled as quiet and shy, 'No Longer Alone' follows her tumult of emotions as she navigates the world around her. But when she finally shares her feelings and tells her Dad all the things that are worrying her, she no longer feels so alone.

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Don't worry, little crab, by Chris Haughton

In the rockpool above the sea, live two crabs: Big Crab and Little Crab. Today, they're going for a dip in the sea. 'This is going to be so great!' says Little Crab. But then Little Crab catches a first glimpse of the water.

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The huge bag of worries, by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rodgers

Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are with her all the time - at school, at home, when she is watching TV and even in the bathroom! Jenny decides they have to go, but who will help her get rid of them?

A funny and reassuring look at dealing with worries and anxiety, to be used as a spring board into important conversations with your child.

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The worrying worries, by Rachel Rooney and Zehra Hicks

What happens when you get a Worry? They can follow you around everywhere, and they are HUNGRY. They feed on your fears and put sad thoughts in your head until they've grown so big, it can be hard to get anything done! Luckily, the Worry Doctor knows exactly what to do.

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The worrysaurus, by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton

It's a beautiful day and Worrysaurus has planned a special picnic. But it isn't long before a small butterfly of worry starts fluttering in his tummy. What if he hasn't brought enough to eat? What if he gets lost in the jungle? What if he trips and falls? What if it rains? Can Worrysaurus find a way to chase his fears away and have fun?

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Rain before rainbows, by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and David Litchfield

An uplifting, stunningly beautiful book about optimism in the darkest of places. A girl and her companion fox travel together from a place of loss and despair, through uncertain times, towards the hope of colour, light and life. Along the way, they find friends to guide and support them. Together, they build a glorious future and discover there is a way out of the darkness, into the light of the rainbow. A book with immense hope at its heart, this is a positive message for anyone who's ever gone through a tough time.

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Ruby's worry, by Tom Percival

Ruby loves being Ruby. Until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, and that's all right, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?

A perceptive and poignant story that is a must-have for all children's bookshelves. From Tom Percival's bestselling Big Bright Feelings series, this is the perfect book for discussing childhood worries and anxieties, no matter how big or small they may be.

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Isle of you, by David Larochelle and Jaime Kim

Some days are harder to get through than others. Whenever you're sad, or lonely, or angry, there's one place you can always go: the Isle of You. Take a moment to shake off your worries, then set sail to a land where your dreams can come true. Soar on the back of an eagle, hunt for treasure, watch dancing polar bears on roller skates - anything you can imagine is yours.

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Me and my fear, by Francesca Sanna

A beautiful tale of conquering fears and spreading empathy from award-winning author and illustrator Francesca Sanna. When a young girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, her Fear tells her to be alone and afraid. How can she hope to make friends if she doesn't understand their language? A heart-warming and relevant new tale from the bestselling author and illustrator of The Journey, this book shows us the importance of sharing your Fear with others - after all, everyone carries a Fear with them, even if it's small enough to fit into their pocket!

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What if...?, by Anthony Browne

Joe is nervous about his first big party, and as Mum walks him along the darkening street to his friend's house, his imagination starts to run wild. They search for the right place, looking through the windows, wondering 'what if ...?' while making surprising discoveries along the way.

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Willy and the cloud, by Anthony Browne

From the former Children's Laureate and twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal comes a stunning and perceptive story about worry and anxiety, featuring his much loved chimp, Willy. One day Willy goes to the park. It's a sunny day, but a cloud hovers over him and he can't join in the fun. What can Willy do to make this mysterious cloud go away?

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What does the crocodile say?, by Eva Montanari

This is a colourful picture book about noise and sound, and a poor little crocodile who is really not looking forward to nursery. The first day of starting school is hard for everyone, even for a crocodile. And on top of this, there are just so many sounds and noises to be heard! How does little Crocodile deal with it all? Follow him as he journeys through the sounds he encounters on his first day at nursery, and tries to make it through to the end of the day, when he will be back with his mum again.

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A little bit brave, by Nicola Kinnear

Logan is a stay-at-home bunny - but he's about to discover how brave he really is. It's time for his first adventure, and he doesn't want to go. But there's an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look. This is a funny, reassuring story which shows that we're all braver than we think.

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The worry box, by Suzanne Chiew and Sean Julian

Murray Bear has lots of worries. What if the waterfall he's visiting is too loud? What if he's not very good at climbing? And what if all his friends laugh at him? With the help of his sister, Milly, Murray makes a special box in which to keep all his worries. But can the worry box really help?

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The monster bed, by Jeanne Willis and Susan Varley

Little Dennis doesn't want to go to sleep because there might be something under his bed. Dennis isn't afraid of monsters - after all, he's a monster himself. He's afraid that humans will get him. His mother says that humans are only in made-up stories, but Dennis isn't convinced.

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Charlie Star, by Terry Milne

Charlie is an anxious dachshund who worries that something terrible might happen if he doesn't keep to his daily rituals. After he is called upon to help rescue a friend and in the rush forgets his rituals, Charlie discovers that he doesn't have to be ruled by them and that change can have really positive outcomes.

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Sometimes I am worried, by Marie Paruit and Janet Rose

'Sometimes I am Worried' helps young children to start managing their emotions. They can lift the flaps, slide the tabs and turn the wheel to explore what a worry is, why they might worry and how they can stop their worries from becoming too big.

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Everybody feels... worried, by Moira Harvey

Have you ever felt worried about doing well at school? Do you ever feel anxious at the thought of doing new things? Read about Ava and Noah, and what they did when they felt worried. This book focuses on worrying and all the feelings that this common emotion stirs up. The two stories, told from a child's point of view, help children identify and understand their feelings through everyday scenarios. Through questions for the reader, and advice, this books helps guide them and gently teaches them how to manage or overcome anxiety.

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I want my light on!, by Tony Ross

Everyone insists there are no such things as ghosts. But if that is the case, just what is it that is lurking under the Little Princess's bed.

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Worries, by Paul Christelis and Ximena Jeria

A gentle, down-to-earth book for addressing the things that can cause children to be anxious and worried. Mindfulness expert Paul Christelis expertly explores everyday situations in picture book form, helping children to recognise signs of worry and giving them reassurance and simple suggestions on how to cope with any worries.

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Outsmarting worry, by Dawn Huebner and Kate McHale

This easy to follow illustrated book presents strategies for 9-13 year olds with anxiety. It teaches them about a specific set of skills that makes it easier to face and overcome worries and fears, and normalises their symptoms providing a set of concrete steps to overcome them. The tried and tested techniques are based on the most up-to-date psychological treatments of anxiety, including CBT and ACT.

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Feeling worried!, by Kay Barnham and Mike Gordon

Annie is great at giving out advice. She helps a friend who is worried about where she will live because her parents are splitting up, and supports a new girl at school who is worried about making friends. But soon, it's Annie's turn to feel worried because she has to go to the dentist. Will she remember her own words of advice? Each title in this series helps children to understand and deal with their feelings in a reassuring way.

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Sohal finds a friend, by Jion Sheibani

Everyone feels worried sometimes. But what if your worries came to life and started following you around? Sohal worries about a lot of things - the dark, mutant sheep, not having any friends - you name it, he worries about it! So one night he draws his worries to make himself feel better - and somehow they look a lot less worrying once he's scribbled them down. Imagine Sohal's surprise when he wakes up the next morning, and finds a set of funny furry friends at the end of his bed! His worries have come to life, and it's not long before Hurt, Fail, Anger, Big and Alone have turned his world upside down. Now it's up to Sohal to work out how to keep his worries under control - and have some serious fun while he's at it.

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Charlie changes into a chicken, by Sam Copeland

Charlie McGuffin tries to be an optimist, but in reality he's a bit of a worrier. Some of the things Charlie is worried about: his brother (who is in hospital); their very panicked parents; unwanted attention from the school bully; the fact that he's started turning into animals! Even though every kid wants a superhero power, Charlie isn't keen on turning into a pigeon in the middle of the school play. But what happens if he does?

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Flamingo is brave, by Sue Graves and Trevor Dunton

This funny, charming story is the perfect way to introduce young children to being brave, and help them find ways to overcome their fears. Also included are suggestions for activities and ideas to talk through together to help children understand their emotions. Flamingo finds everything frightening and it stops him from joining in sometimes. With a little help from his friends, he finds a way to be braver and face his fears.

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How to not lose it: mental health sorted, by Anna Williamson

Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? How Not to Lose It will help you be the boss of all of this, and more.

It's not just your body that should be fit and healthy - your mind needs to be, too! How Not to Lose It is the go-to guide for achieving a balanced mind and strong emotional well-being.

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The worry (less) book: feel strong, find calm and tame your anxiety, by Rachel Brian

We all have a mixture of fun and not-so fun feelings. And everyone feels worried sometimes. But too much anxiety can get in the way. So this book is here to help you identify your anxiety, understand why it's just part of that thing we call life, and equip you with all the tools you need to find calm again.

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Looking after your mental health, by Alice James and Louie Stowell

The mental of health of children and teenagers hits the headlines on a regular basis, with more and more young people reporting mental health difficulties. This book provides a gentle guide to good mental health, with input from experts in both psychology and psychiatry.

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Mental well-being and mindfulness, by Ryan Wheatcroft and Kate Woolley

You can't see mental wellbeing but you can feel it. Your mental wellbeing is all about how you think and feel. Some people call it 'mental health' or 'emotional wellbeing'. Having good mental health doesn't mean being happy all the time. We all experience feelings of anger, sadness, fear and frustration. These feelings are perfectly normal. Mental wellbeing comes from finding positive ways to manage these feelings as you grow and develop. This simply written title explores what mental health is, why it is important and ways to deal with some mental health problems such as stress and anxiety.

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