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Dealing with fear and anxiety

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No longer alone by Joseph Coelho, Illustrator 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.

The worrysaurus by Rachael Bright, Illustrator 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?

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.

The very hungry worry monsters by Rosie Greening

Have you heard of the worry monsters? They eat your worries and make them disappear! Children will love this funny story featuring the friendly worry monsters, designed to help children talk about their fears. Lara Ede's bright, friendly illustrations will engage them as they read.

My monster and me by Nadiya Hussain, Illustrator 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.

Thank goodness for Bob

Max is a child who worries. A lot. He worries about being bitten by spiders, abducted by aliens, or sometimes just that people don't like him enough. Soon it feels like his worries might take over the world! Thank goodness for Bob the dog, who shows Max that the best way to deal with worries is to share them with a friend.

Sometimes I am worried by Marie Paruit

'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.

Brave Molly by Brooke Boynton-Hughes

What do you do when no one can see your monsters but you? At first, Molly runs from them. But they follow her down the sidewalk, getting in the way when she tries to make a new friend, popping up unexpectedly out of shadows, and multiplying. Until finally...Molly faces her fears. Author-illustrator Brooke Boynton-Hughes delivers a modern classic in this moving adventure that honors everyday acts of bravery and the power of friendship to banish the monsters that haunt us.

Flamingo is brave: a book about feeling scared by Sue Graves, 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.

What does the crocodile say? by Eva Monatanari

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.

Monsters by Anna Fienberg, Kim Gamble

Tildy knew there were monsters. They sailed in from outside and hid behind the curtains. Moonlight brought them in. Tildy hated moonlight. Mum and Dad said there were no such things. Her aunt and uncle couldn't see them, and when Tildy wrote to her 23 cousins about monsters, only one wrote back saying she shouldn't eat spicy food before bedtime. Then a new boy came to school. Hendrik drew pages and pages of monsters when the class was writing numbers. He had a way of dealing with his monsters. When Tildy dares to stay over at Hendrik's house, she panics when the moon rises, but together they make the night safe, and Tildy can watch the moon sail through the starry sky.

I'm worried by Brian Moses

Moses describes the emotion of anxiety as it is experienced by young children. Readers will identify with Gordon's humorous and inventive depictions of what it is like to be worried, and will be inspired by the various solutions on offer.

Worries by Paul Christelis, 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.

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?

Charlie changes into a T-rex by Sam Copeland

When dad's business takes a sudden turn for the worse, the McGuffin family face the terrible prospect of having to sell their house and move in with Aunt Brenda and her seventeen cats (and wooden leg). Only Charlie and best friends Flora, Mohsen and Wogan can save the day. If they can break into the fortress-like offices of Van Der Gruyne Industries and recover the McGuffins' stolen gold, maybe Charlie won't have to move away after all.

Trouble is, the pressure is getting to Charlie, making it harder for him to control when he changes into an animal - and harder still to change back. Can Charlie's friends help him master his powers once and for all, or will he end up stuck as a pigeon forever?

Charlie changes into a mammoth by Sam Copeland

Charlie McGuffin is closer than ever to being able to control his crazy ability to turn into animals - he's even able to use it to turn the tables on school bully Dylan. But there are some things Charlie can't control, like the arguments his parents keep having (which are making him more worried than ever) or the spate of mysterious animal disappearances spreading through town (which seem somehow to be connected to Charlie himself) or the fact that he doesn't have a date for the school dance (which is coming up fast).

With the support of best friends Flora, Mohsen and Wogan, can Charlie unravel the mystery of the pet-nappings in time to shake a tail-feather at the disco? Or will his hidden adversary reveal Charlie's biggest secret to the world?

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

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.

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.

Why Do I Feel Scared? A first look at being brave, by Pat Thomas & Lesley Harker

"This delightful picture book explores what it means to be brave. Young children can discover that there are many ways of being brave, from standing up for yourself or others, to trying new things. Discussion boxes offer an adult opportunities to discuss the issues directly with their child audience."

Who's Afraid of the Dark?: a story about being brave, by Nancy Parent, Britt Allcroft & W. Awdry

"When Gordon gets asked to pull the night train, he's too embarrassed to admit he's afraid of the dark! Can Thomas help his friend overcome his fear and get the job done?"

Little Monkey, by Marta Altés

"It's hard being a little monkey in a big troop, in an even bigger jungle - and this little monkey has had enough of always missing out! She's off to climb to the top of the tallest tree in the jungle and she's going to do it all on her own! Except that there's someone following close behind - someone with claws and stripes and rather sharp teeth!"

A Little Bit Brave, by Nicola Kinner

"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."

Max the Brave, by Ed Vere

"This is Max. Max the Brave, Max the Fearless, Max the Mouse-catcher. But, in order to be a Mouse-catcher, Max needs to know what a mouse is, so off he goes to find out."

Take a Deep Breath, by Sue Graves & Desideria Guicciardini

"Josh doesn't like people looking at him and he's in the school play! Can Miss Button help him to be brave? And can Miss Button be brave when she is faced by something she doesn't like?"

The Brave Beast, by Chris Judge

"The Beast is back and this time its up to him to help restore peace to an island, which is being threatened by a scary monster. Determined to face his fears, the Beast sets out to find the monster. But, perhaps, the island monster isn't so scary after all."

Emily Brown and the Thing, by Cressida Cowell & Neal Layton

"Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit, Stanley, are trying to sleep. But a noise is keeping them awake. When they find the Thing crying on the windowsill, intrepid explorers Emily and Stanley, set out to bring him everything he wants."

Who Feels Scared?, by Sue Graves & Desideria Guicciardini

"Jack is having a sleepover at his house. But the boys hear noises and they get very scared. Jack's big sister Ellie says she gets scared sometimes as well. Perhaps Dad can make them all feel better?"

The Monster Bed, by Jeanne Willis & 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."

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."

The Huge Bag of Worries, by Virginia Ironside

"Wherever Jenny goes, her worries follow her - in a big blue bag. They are there when she goes swimming, when she is watching TV, even when she is in the lavatory. Jenny decides they will have to go. But who can help her?"

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?"

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 alright, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger and bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of her worry and feel like herself again?"

Where the Bugaboo Lives, by Sean Taylor & Neal Layton

"A wonderfully interactive, which-way adventure story which follows Floyd and his sister into the dark, shadowy valley behind their house. The valley is full of all kinds of creepy, freaky, weaselly creatures and the scariest of them all is the bugaboo!"

Willy and the Cloud, by Anthony Browne

"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?"

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, by Emily Gravett

"Young children will identify with the little mouse who documents his fears in the pages of this book - from loud noises and the dark to being sucked down the plughole."

Is a Worry Worrying You?, by Ferida Wolff

"Adults think of childhood as a carefree time, but the truth is that children worry, and worry a lot, especially in our highly pressurized era. This book addresses children's worries with humor and imagination, as hilarious scenarios teach kids the use of perspective and the art of creative problem-solving."

What to do When You Worry Too Much: a kid's guide to overcoming anxiety, by Dawn Huebner & Bonnie Matthews

"What to Do When You Worry Too Much is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6-12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalised anxiety."

My Hidden Chimp: helping children to understand and manage their emotions, thinking and behaviour with ten helpful habits, by Steve Peters & Jeff Battista

"Using the Chimp Model from the best-selling 'Chimp Paradox', this is a guide with easy to follow explanations and simple strategies to help children understand how their chimp brain works.

"With 10 habits to put into practice, such as smiling, saying sorry and talking about your feelings, children can work on controlling their anxiety and emotions and understanding why they sometimes behave and feel the way they do."

Isle of You, by David LaRochelle & Kim Jaine

"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."

Me and My Fear, by Francesca Sanna

"When a young refugee girl has to travel to a new country and start at a new school, she is accompanied by her Fear who tells her to be alone and afraid, growing bigger and bigger every day with questions like 'how can you hope to make new friends if you don't understand their language?' But this little girl is stronger than her Fear."

Outsmarting Worry, by Dawn Huebner & Margaret Suggs

"This easy-to-follow illustrated text presents strategies for 9-13 year olds with anxiety. It teaches them about, and normalizes, their symptoms and provides 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."

Looking After Your Mental Health, by Alice James, Louie Stowell, Freya Harrison & Nancy Leschikoff

"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."

The Book of No Worries: a survival guide for growing up, by Lizzie Cox & Tanya Stevanovic

"A survival guide to help young people cope with peer pressure, puberty and all the worries in between; focusing on the emotional wellbeing and mental health of tweens."