Episode 161: Books About Anxiety

June 12, 2024

In episode 161 of the Your Kid’s Next Read podcast:

Books About Anxiety

With anxiety in young people on the rise, Megan and Allison discuss books about anxiety – both non-fiction and novel – to help kids of all ages and the adults in their lives explore and explain their feelings.

Books we mention

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Bookmail and TBR pile

‘Underestimated: the wisdom and power of teenage girls’ by Chelsey Goodan

‘Be True to You’ by Maggie Hutchings. Illustrated by Hayley Wells 

Freddie Spector Fact Collector Space Cadet by Ashleigh Barton, illustrated by Peter Cheong





Books About Anxiety

Episode 90: Books About Feelings


Early Childhood 

Hey Warrior A book for kids about anxiety by Karen Young. Illustrated by Norvile Dovidonyte  

Hey Awesome by Karen Young. Illustrated by Norvile Dovidonyte 

Ups and Downs by Karen Young. Illustrated by Norvile Dovidonyte 

Dear You, Love From Your Brain A book for kids about the brain by Karen Young. Illustrated by  Norvile Dovidonyte 

But We’re Not Lions by Karen Young. Illustrated by  Norvile Dovidonyte 

Worries are Like Clouds by Shona Innes. Illustrated by Írisz Agócs

Ruby Finds a Worry by Tom Percival 

Mr Huff by Anna Walker 

Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker 

The Deep by Tim Winton. Illustrated by Karen Louise 

Don’t Worry, Little Crab by Chris Haughton 

A Case of the Zaps by Alex Boniello, April Lavalle. Illustrated by James Kwan 

All Birds Have Anxiety by Kathy Hoopman 

My Monster and Me by Nadiya Hussain 

The Don’t Worry Book by Todd Parr 

The Worry Monster by Sally Rippin

The Feelings Doctor and the Emotions Toolkit by Anna Llenas 

The Boy with Big, Big Feelings by Britney Winn Lee. Illustrated by Jacob Souva 


Middle Primary

The Worry Tree by Marianne Musgrove 

The Odds: The Power of Being Odd by Matt Stanton 

Girl on Wire by Lucy Estela. Illustrated by Elise Hurst 

Sam Wu is Not Afraid of the Dark! By Kevin Tsang, Katie Tsang. Illustrated by Nathan Reed.

The Secret Science Society in Space by Kathy Hoopman, Josie Montano. Illustrated by Anne-Marie Finn h

It’s Okay to Feel the Way You Do by Josh Langley 


Upper Primary 

The Grand Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler by Lisa Shanahan 

Guts by Raina Telgemeier 

Aster’s Good Right Things by Kate Gordon

Xavier in the Meantime by Kate Gordon

Indigo in the Storm by Kate Gordon

The Secret Library of Hummingbird House by Juliannne Negri 

The Goodbye Year by Emily Gale 

Michaela Mason’s Big List of 23 Worries (series) by Alexa Moses 


Young Adult 

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella 

The Betrayal of Bindy Mackenzie by Jacylyn Moriaty 

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green 

Heartstopper (series) by Alice Oseman


Adult Reference 

The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt 

But First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson 

A Kind of Magic by Anna Spargo-Ryan 

Anxious Kids by Michael Grose 



Quick tips

List of children’s literature charities and organisations for EOFY



Our books

The Mapmaker Chronicles series by A. L. Tait

The Ateban Cipher (duology) by A. L. Tait

The Maven & Reeve Mysteries by A. L. Tait

The First Summer of Callie McGee by A. L. Tait

The Beehive by Megan Daley

Teacher, Teacher (anthology), edited by Megan Daley

Raising Readers by Megan Daley


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Books about anxiety for kids