Denise Smith rounds up the top five books to help kids understand, manage and overcome their worries
1. Take Five
by Niall Breslin | €8.99 | Category: 3 to 6 Years
As adults, we know how invaluable it is to practice gratitude when it comes to starting or ending our day on a positive note. And now the resounding message that there is always something to be grateful for has been packaged in this adorable and easy-to-digest book for kids. Following the success of his first picture book, The Magic Moment, musician and mindfulness expert Breslin is back with another important life lesson for young children, beautifully brought to life by illustrator Sheena Dempsey. When Freddie sees all the presents his friend Ben gets for his birthday, he feels a bit sad. Nana teaches Freddie how to be thankful for everything he has and together they count all the wonderful things in their lives. This gratitude trick is a helpful technique for dealing with the uncomfortable and often confusing feelings of jealousy that children inevitably encounter. This is the kind of book you will want to keep forever.
2. Walter & The No-Need-To-Worry Suit
by Rachel Bright | €9.80 | Category: 0 to 4 Years
This heart-warming tale is a laugh-out-loud adventure revealing that whatever happens, as long as you have your friends around you, there's no need to worry. Each book gently and humorously addresses a 'first experience' that all young children will be able to relate to. A must-buy for any parent raising an anxious child. In the first tale from the Wonderful World of Walter and Winnie, Walter's worries start to roll out of control. What can his best friend Winnie and the other Woollybottomers do to help?
3. Ruby's Worry
by Tom Percival | €7.69 | Category: 3 to 6 Years
A perceptive and poignant story from Tom Percival's bestselling Big Bright Feelings series. Ruby loves being Ruby, until, one day, she finds a worry. At first it's not such a big worry, but then it starts to grow. It gets bigger every day and it makes Ruby sad. How can Ruby get rid of it and feel like herself again?
by Libby Walden | €8.79 | Category: 5 to 8 years
Promoting emotional intelligence in children, this book explores a world of feelings with the help of Richard Jones' spellbinding illustrations. The lyrical text makes each and every feeling come to life to help children understand the emotions they experience. It beautifully shows a large number of different emotions and how these can make you feel.
5. No Worries
by Dr Sharie Coombes | €10.99 | Category: 7+
If you're a fan of adult colouring books you'll know the healing powers of doodling, so why not add this form of self-care to your child's routine? This interactive activity book encourages simple activities and exercises which are designed to tackle anxiety.