Soothing Children’s Fears about COVID-19 (Part 2)



Ruby Finds A Worry

Percival, Tom, 1977-

A girl named Ruby, clad in polka-dots and wearing puffy pigtails, loves to visit “wild, faraway places” and swing on a swing. But while in a peaceful, wild garden, she’s unexpectedly visited by “a Worry”- a floating ball of yellow scribbles with anxious eyes and a furrowed brow.


I’m Worried

Black, Michael Ian, 1971-

Book – 2019 | First edition


Potato is worried about what might happen in the future, causing Flamingo to worry, too, but their friend, a little girl, encourages them to focus on enjoying the present, instead.


Outsmarting Worry

An Older Kid’s Guide to Managing Anxiety

Huebner, Dawn

Book – 2018


Worry has a way of growing, shifting from not-a-big-deal to a VERY BIG DEAL in the blink of an eye. This big-deal Worry is tricky, luring children into behaviors that keep the anxiety cycle going. Children often find it hard to fight back against Worry, but not anymore. Outsmarting Worry teaches 9-13-year old’s and the adults who care about them a specific set of skills that makes it easier to face – and overcome – worries and fears.


Put your Worries Away

Hasson, Gill

Book – 2019


All children worry sometimes, and they often need help learning how to deal with anxiety. In this encouraging picture book, readers learn ways to help themselves when they feel anxious, nervous, or fearful. Strategies for how to calm down and cope with worries are clearly explained, from breathing exercises and playing with friends to seeking help from an adult.


Mindful Bea and the Worry Tree

Silver, Gail


Bea anxiously awaits her birthday party guests, worrying about all the things that could go wrong, until her mother reminds her that deep breathing will help her relax. For Bea, a child with springy curls and a disgruntled expression, it her worries take on a life of their own.


The Worry Box

Chiew, Suzanne

Book – 2018


“Murry Bear has so many worries! Luckily, his sister, Molly, knows just what to do. “Sharing worries always makes them feel smaller,” she says. She also tells him about her worry box. “When I’m worried about something,” she says, “I write it down, then put it inside.” Then Molly offers to help make one for Murray, and he takes it on their journey to the waterfall — but will it really help?”-


What to Do When You’re Scared & Worried

A Guide for Kids

Crist, James J.


What are you afraid of? Thunderstorms? The dark? Bullies? Tests? Terrorism? Monsters? Nightmares? Making mistakes? Not fitting in at school? Being away from your parents? Being home alone? Everyone has fears and worries some of the time. But you don’t have to stay scared and worried.


A Feel Better Book for Little Worriers

Brochmann, Holly

Book – 2017


Illustrations and simple, rhyming text provide young children with tools for dealing with feelings of anxiety, such as breathing deeply or replacing worry with happy thoughts.

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