Based on my clinical work with families, below is a list of selected books which I recommend to both parents and educators.

Recommended reading for parents


The opposite of worry: The playful parenting approach to childhood anxieties and fears. Author: Cohen, L. (2013). Publisher: Random House.
Because the opposite of worry is play, this is a great resource for managing children's anxiety using playful techniques.

Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self-understanding can help you raise children who thrive. Author: Hartzell, M. &  Siegel, D.J. (2014). Publisher: Scribe.
An exploration of how parents' childhood experiences affect their parenting and how to raise compassionate and resilient children.

You are my world: How a parent's love shapes a baby's mind. Author: Hatkoff, A. (2007). Publisher: Stwart, Tabori & Chang
A beautiful book acknowledging the profound influence that a parent's love has on a baby's emotional and social development.

Raising a secure child: How Circle of Security Parenting can help you nurture your child's attachment, emotional resilience, and freedom to explore. Author: Hoffman, K. Cooper, G., Powell, B., & Benton, C.M. (2017).  Publisher: Guilford.
This book offers parents a map of healthy attachment and how to use self-reflection to meet your child's needs.

Simplicity parenting: Using the extraordinary power of less to raise calmer, happier, and more secure kids. Author: Payne, K.J. (2010). Publisher: Random House.
Practical ideas on how to reduce too much stuff, too many choices, and too little time to help children flourish.

The whole brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind. Author: Siegel, D.J. & Bryson, T.P. (2012). Publisher: Random House.
Really accessible strategies to foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer and happier children.

What every parent needs to know: Love, nurture and play with your child (2nd ed.). Author: Sunderland, M. (2016). Publisher: Dorling Kindersley.
Clearly written book on what science can teach us about parenting a child from 0 to 12 years.

Recommended children's story books and workbooks for use by parents and educators with
children who are experiencing anxiety or who carry big feelings.


The Magic Moment. Author: Breslin, N. (2018). Publisher: Gill Books.
Nice little mindfulness technique used for managing big feelings for ages 4-8.

Little meerkat's big panic: A story about learning news ways to feel calm. Author: Evans, J. (2016). Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Story book for ages 4-8 to help them manage feelings of stress, anxiety and panic with useful brain metaphors.

What to do when you worry too much: A kid's guide to overcoming anxiety. Author: Huebner, D. (2005). Publisher: American Psychological Association.
Interactive self-help book for 6-12 year olds and parents introducing CBT techniques for generalized anxiety.

Outsmarting worry: An older kid's guide to managing anxiety. Author: Huebner, D. (2017). Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Interactive self-help book for 9-13 year olds and their parents with teenage-friendly tools for anxiety].

The huge bag of worries. Author: Ironside, V. (2011). Publisher: Hachette Children's Group.
Nice story book for ages 3-8 years on carrying big feelings and the value of sharing them.

The invisible string. Author: Karst, P. (2001). Publisher: DeVorss & Co.
Lovely story book for ages 4-8 years with fear of separation fostering the attachment relationship.

Mindfully Me 3-Pack. Author: Shanagher, L. & Finerty, R. (2018). Publisher: The Lilliput Press
Amazing series of mindfulness books introducing mindful breathing, kindness and self-
compassion to children aged 4-8 years.

Teenie Weenie in a too big world: A story for fearful children. Author: Sunderland, M. (2003). Publisher: Taylor & Francis.
Story book for ages 5-10 who struggle with worries.

Willy and the wobbly house: A story for children who are anxious or obsessional. Author: Sunderland, M. (2001). Publisher: London, UK: Taylor & Francis.
Story book for ages 5-10 who struggle with general anxiety symptoms or OCD.

The frog who longed for the moon to smile: A story for children who yearn for someone they love. Author: Sunderland, M. (2001). Publisher: Taylor & Francis.
Story book for ages 5-10 who struggle with separation anxiety or feelings of loss.

Hey warrior. Author: Young, K. (2019). Publisher: New Frontier.
Story book for school-aged children explaining why anxiety feels the way it does empowering them with strategies.

Please explain anxiety to me!: Simple biology and solutions for children and parents (2nd. ed). Author: Zelinger, L.E., & Zelinger, J. (2014). Publisher: Loving Healing Press.
Story for children ages 5-8 years explaining the brain / body connection underlying anxiety.