Children’s and YA books dealing with Anxiety Disorders

By Lisa Heller

For this month’s booklist, the Content team has assembled a list of titles focusing on anxiety disorders in children and young adults.

Increasingly, children and teenagers learn about anxiety through media, friends and family or experiencing it themselves. These books aim to be a help in how to deal with anxiety as well as simply showing that one is never alone. 

Schools and parents can find more resources about anxiety disorders on the NHS website.


When Jelly Had A Wobble by Michelle Robinson, illustrated by Tom Knight
LY | Quiz # 239712 | BL 2.6 | Scholastic Children’s Books 
It’s the Best Food Competition, and Jelly wobbles with worry. Everyone loves chicken nuggets and pizza – but does everyone love jelly? Jelly learns that the things that make us different should be celebrated.

The Worrying Worries by Rachel Rooney, illustrated by Zehra Hicks
LY | Quiz # 240221 | BL 1.9 | Andersen Press
Do you ever worry about your Worries? They can be awful pests, and they hate to see you happy. But if you follow some simple steps you can banish those worries for good!

Mindi and the Goose No One Else Could See by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Linda Ólafsdóttir
LY | Quiz # 241020 | BL 3.7 | Walker Books
Mindi and her devoted father try everything they can think of to drive away the “big goose”, which only Mindi can see.

Robin and the Rabbit (A Book About Anxiety) by Holly Duhig, illustrated by Drue Rintoul
LY | Quiz # 238577 | BL 4.2 | BookLife
Robin has Rabbit, a worrier who follows Robin everywhere he goes. Rabbit represents the anxiety Robin feels. One day, a teacher suggests that Robin talk to Gemma, school counsellor and Rabbit-trainer. A book to help children understand mental health.


How to Become a Planet by Nicole Melleby 
MY | Quiz # 241827 | BL 4.9 | Algonquin

After an entire summer trying to figure out how to go back to being the person she was before her depression and anxiety diagnosis, twelve-year-old Pluto finds out how to with the help of the Hayden Planetarium hotline, a new tutor, and a new friend.

Thanks A Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas
MY | Quiz # 240698 | BL 3.8 | Amulet Books 

Brian has always been anxious, whether at home, in class, or on the basketball court. His dad tries to get him to stand up for himself, and his mum helps as much as she can. When Brian and his brother are placed in foster care, they face new challenges.

Running on Empty by S. E. Durrant
MY | Quiz # 234972 | BL 4.0 | Nosy Crow

AJ’s grandfather has always been the one to keep his unusual family together, so when he dies things start to unravel at the edges. In order to deal with his grief and to keep his anxiety at bay, AJ does what he and his grandfather did best: running.

What’s That In Dog Years? by Ben Davis, illustrated by Julia Christians 
MY | Quiz # 239434 | BL 4.3 | Oxford University Press
Gizmo the dog has been George’s best friend since the day he was born. So when George learns that Gizmo may not be around much longer, he’s determined to have more adventures with Gizmo, and writes him a bucket list.


Breathe by Karen Moncrieffe
MY+ | Quiz # 236434 | BL 3.5 | Badger Publishing
Nicole has a secret she is hiding from everyone. She suffers from anxiety. To her boyfriend Alex, she appears calm. But Nicole begins to find it impossible to keep her feelings hidden. She is faced with a choice – reveal her secret or lose Alex.

I Am The Minotaur by Anthony McGoway
MY+ | Quiz # 241513 | BL 4.6 | Oxford University Press
Matthew struggles to look after his mum and himself, and to make friends, until one day he sees his chance to make a good impression by finding the stolen bike of the girl he likes.

Into the Volcano by Jess Butterworth
MY+ | Quiz # 241017| BL 4.2 | Orion Children’s Books
When Seb’s best friend Clay is injured in a shooting, he and Vivi, whose grandma died in the same shooting, journey to find a rainbow pool in Yellowstone Park that will help heal Clay. 



Fall Out by C. G. Moore
UY | Quiz # 240838 | BL 4.5 | UCLan Publishing 
When events in Cal’s life become critical after he comes out, can he rely on those closest to him to help avoid a meltdown?

I Wish You All The Best by Mason Deaver
UY | Quiz # 240224 | BL 4.0 | Scholastic, Inc. 

When Ben De Backer, suffering with an anxiety disorder, comes out to their parents as non-binary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with an estranged older sister and her husband.

The Sad Ghost Club by Lize Meddings
UY | Quiz # 241094 | BL 2.4 | Hodder Children’s Books
When one sad ghost, alone at a crowded party, spies another sad ghost across the room, they decide to leave together. Because that night they start The Sad Ghost Club – a club for people who think they don’t belong.

Off the Record by Camryn Garrett
UY | Quiz # 241712| BL 4.3 | Penguin Books 
A teen journalist uncovers the #MeToo scandal of the decade: a bigshot Hollywood director is taking advantage of cast members.

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
UY | Quiz # 242262| BL 4.0 | Disney Press 
This is a humorous account of a New York City teenager’s battle with depression and his time spent in a psychiatric hospital.


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Posted on 31 October 2022 at 9:51 am
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