Top Ten: Children's Issues & Concerns Books

Top Ten: Children's Issues & Concerns Books

Check out our Top Ten list of books on a wide range of children's issues and concerns.

No Longer Alone by Joseph Coelho and Robyn Wilson-Owen (Picture Book, Loss)
Told through the voice of a little girl who is labelled as quiet and shy, No Longer Alone follows her tumult of emotions as she navigates the world around her. But when she finally shares her feelings and tells her Dad all the things that are worrying her, she no longer feels so alone

Maia and the Worry Bug by Julie Burgess-Manning (Non Fiction, 152.46 BUR, Anxiety)
Something terrible has happened to Maia’s family, an uninvited Worry Bug has moved in. Having the Worry Bug around is exhausting, and it keeps getting bigger! Can the family work together to get rid of it?

Don’t Think About Purple Elephants by Susan Whelan (Picture Book, Anxiety)
Sometimes Sophie worries -- not during the day when she is busy with family and friends, but at night when everything is calm and quiet. Her family all try to help, but somehow they just make her worries worse. Until her mother thinks of a new approach ... that might just involve an elephant or two! But wait, don't think about purple elephants, whatever you do!

Aroha’s Way by Craig Phillips (Picture Book, Anxiety)
This beautiful picture books takes children on a journey through emotions associated with anxiety and shows simple yet effective ways to help manage them.

When Someone Dies by Dawn Hewitt (Non Fiction, 155.937 HEW, Loss)
This book sensitively explains what happens when someone dies and provides starting points for how to deal with the process of grief.

Self Esteem and Mental Health by Anna Claybourne (Non Fiction, 158.1 CLA)
This book explores what is self-esteem and mental health and why it's important and looks at topics such as mental illness, phobias, eating disorders and self-harm. It looks at techniques to deal with issues including stress reduction, mindfulness and assertiveness.

The Invisible String by Patrice Karst (Picture Book, Separation Anxiety, Loss)
A comforting story about two siblings who learn that everyone has an invisible string that connects them to everyone they love, anywhere, anytime. You are never alone. The people who love you here and those who have passed away are never far because if you tug on this invisible string they can feel it in their hearts.
The Wolf’s Colourful Coat by Avril McDonald (Picture Book, Bullying)
Wolfgang can't wait for it to get cold enough for him to wear his brand new colourful coat but when the time finally arrives, some nasty creatures make fun of it. Wolfgang feels upset and is afraid that they will hurt him again, so he hides away in the tree house. Spider encourages Wolfgang to tell someone he trusts about how he is feeling and he learns that things aren't always as they seem.

The End of Something Wonderful by Stephanie V.W. Lucianovic (Picture Book, Loss)
With gentle humor and quirkiness, this sympathetic book demonstrates how to say goodbye to a beloved pet and give it a proper sendoff.

Help Your Dragon Deal With Anxiety by Steven Herman (Picture Book, Anxiety)
Having a pet dragon is very fun! He can sit, roll over, and play. But what if your dragon is constantly worrying about so many things? What if he gets so anxious when he has to go get a shot from the doctor office? So anxious that he has a meltdown? What if your dragon is always asking about “What If”? What should you do? You teach him how to deal with his anxiety!

Kerrie Gamble