Recommended Books Regarding Children/Adolescents and Anxiety
GENERAL ANXIETY: Worried No More: Help and Hope for Anxious Children (2002) by Aureen Pinto Wagner.
Excellent book covers a wide-ranging amount of information regarding various forms of anxiety at home and school. Explains cognitive-behavior therapy and provides numerous suggestions for addressing anxiety in children. Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents (2000) by Ronald M. Rapee, Ph.D., Susan H. Spence, Ph.D., Vanessa Cobham, Ph.D., and Ann Wignall, M. Psych.
Excellent book that uses clearly written information to describe effective strategies and concrete coping skills. Nurturing the Shy Child: Practical Help for Raising Confident and Socially Skilled Kids and
Teens by Barbara Markway, Ph.D., and Gregory Markway, Ph.D.
Excellent book that explains various aspects of the shyness continuum and social anxiety.
Includes specific coping techniques as well as additional information about related difficulties that children with social anxiety often experience.
RELAXATION AND SLEEP-INDUCING TECHNIQUES: The Goodnight Caterpillar: Muscular Relaxation & Meditative Bedtime Story for Children
(2004); A Boy and A Turtle; A Boy and A Bear; The Children’s Relaxation Book (1996)
all by Lori Lite
These stories teach mainstream relaxation techniques by weaving them into the story to assist children in relaxing and falling asleep. Also facilitates learning coping skills to apply when anxious during the day. Indigo Dreams CD (2004) by Lori Lite
Many children enjoy listening to this CD at bedtime and often fall asleep before it is over. Teaches different relaxation techniques to use during the day as well.
Starbright (1991), Moonbeam (1993), and Earthlight (1997) : Books of Meditation for Children
By Maureen Garth
Children love these visualization exercises. They are appropriate for preschool-age
children through adolescence and the vignettes can be easily simplified and adapted for
different developmental levels. (Younger children may benefit from making a collage
picture of images from old magazines or photos from favorite vacations. This can
supplement their visualization by making it more concrete and compensate for the lack of pictures in the book.) Especially helpful to assist in falling asleep and whenever
the need to relax arises.
Spinning Inward (1987) by Maureen Murdock
Another great resource of relaxation exercises for school-age children and adolescents.
Understanding Katie by Elisa Shipon-Blum
Frustration Tolerance and Anger Management:
A Volcano in My Tummy by Elaine Whitehouse
Take the Grrr out of Anger by Elizabeth Verdick
YOGA FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS: YogaKids series of DVDs by Marsha Wenig
Most kids learn better by seeing other kids do yoga. It is often helpful to combine a DVD with one of the books from below. Fly Like a Butterfly: Yoga for Childrenby Shakta Kaur Khalsa
Younger kids really seem to like this one.
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Yoga with Kids by Jodi Komitor
Clearly explains using a variety of yoga poses with your child. Addresses issues regarding sensory integration as well. Children’s Book of Yoga by Thia Luby
Some children seem to prefer the illustrations in this book. They show a child in pose next to a picture of the actual animal or object. Like a Fish in Water: Yoga for Children by Isabelle Koch
Another resource to try.
MEDICATION: Straight Talk about Psychiatric Medications for Children (2002) by Timothy E. Wilens
Very informative book presents information regarding a variety of medications and the pros and cons of utilizing them. Good reference book when cognitive-behavioral treatment alone is insufficient. SELF-CARE FOR PARENTS STRUGGLING WITH ANXIETY AS WELL:
Excellent general book for adults that provides comprehensive information on many different types of anxiety. He presents specific and useful strategies to address difficulties associated
with anxiety. Very clear instructions on progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing, and
visualization techniques, as well as a multitude of other ways to cope. Many of the strategies can easily be adapted for use with children and adolescents as well. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook (2000) by Martha Davis, Matthew McKay,