Book of the Week #11

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety by Dawn Huebner, illustrated by Bonnie Matthews (Washington, DC: Imagination Press/American Psychological Association, 2006).

Dr. Dawn Huebner, a psychologist and author who lives in Exeter, NH, wrote this book as part of her series, the What-to-Do Guides for Kids. These books help children who are struggling with common yet troubling childhood issues.Each book teaches a set of cognitive-behavioral strategies to help children overcome thier problems.

The worry book teaches kids to deal with their worries using techniques based on the "principals known as containment, externalization, and competing demands." (p. 4) That quote is the most scientific/complicated sounding sentence in the whole book (and it is from the introduction for parents and caregivers.) The techniques are explained using ideas and language that kids can understand, like boxes, weird-looking monsters, and tomato plants. Each idea has a drawing/writing activity page after it to give the child a place to solidify their version of the tool or technique they just learned.

This book is part of the Family Resource Connection collection (which is a recommendation in and of itself) and came to my attention because it was written about by one of the New Hampshire students who entered the 2012 Letters About Literature competition. (I learn about a lot of cool books for kids that way!)

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