With the new school year just around the corner, it’s a good time to highlight some of our favourite books to ease back-to-school jitters. Reading about and discussing a character’s nervousness or anxiety can help ease a child’s worries during this new and exciting time.
Back To School Tortoise by Lucy M. George It’s time to go back to school. But Tortoise is worried. What if he falls down? What if he doesn’t like lunch? What if the kids are mean to him? The perfect back-to-school book about being brave, with a surprise at the end!
Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman Noni is nervous about playdates, and global warming, and most of all, about the first day of school. Her parents are worried too, and even her brother is a little wary. But Noni finds a friend, someone a little more outgoing than herself, and discovers that through friendship, she can belong and succeed in a world that once filled her with dread.
Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook This fun and humorous book addresses the problem of anxiety in a way that relates to children of all ages. It offers creative strategies for parents and teachers and offers children tools needed to feel more in control of their anxiety.
The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School by Deborah Diesen Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math―until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills.
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes Wemberly worried morning, noon, and night. She worried about one thing most of all: her first day of school. But when she meets a fellow worrywart in her class, Wemberly realizes that school is too much fun to waste time worrying!
The Elephant who was Scared by Rachel Elliot A young elephant learns to overcome his fears with a little help from his friends.
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg because even the teacher gets the jitters sometimes.
Worries Go Away by Kes Gray is a comforting and compelling story about worries and self-esteem. When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes but soon the worries begin to take hold until her family and friends help.
When I feel Worried by Cornelia Superman An empowering book that uses reassuring words and illustrations to address a child’s anxieties and show ways to feel better.
The Great Big Book of Feelings by Mary Hoffman celebrates the similarities of the human experience and encourages young readers to express and acknowledge their feelings.