Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because I think a lot kids could be helped with a book that helps them understand why they sometimes feel this way.
By Dr. Laurie Zelinger and Jordan Zelinger
Illustrated by Elisa Sabella
40 pages – ages 4+
Published by Loving Healing Press on September 23, 2010
Genre- Nonfiction/help book
Opening and Synopsis- Opening – “Once upon a time, before there were people, dinosaurs roamed the earth.”
Taken from the back of the book – “”Please Explain Anxiety to Me” gives accurate physiological information in child friendly language. A colorful dinosaur story explains the link between brain and body functioning, followed by practical therapeutic techniques that children can use to help themselves.”
Why I liked this book – I like this book because it doesn’t just explain what to do about a problem kids have, it explains why it is happening. It shows there is something going on in our bodies that make us feel sick in the stomach or not wanting to do something. I like how the book also compares what happens when you feel anxiety to a light-switch. The illustrations are really cute and they go with the story magnificently. I love the cartoon-like feel to them. I think a lot of kids would get help from this book!
Activities and Resources – The book itself is a resource for helping kids with anxiety understand what is going on with their bodies.
There is also a summary of the ways for kids to help themselves with anxiety in the back along with a note to parents.
I found a website AnxietyBC that has a ton of activities and suggestions for dealing with all kinds of anxiety kids have. Click HERE to go THERE.
You can visit Dr. Zelinger’s website (HERE) to learn more about her and her play therapy.
The blog The Chaos And The Clutter has a cool idea for an anti-anxiety kit for kids. It has things in it like stress balls, music and gum. Click HERE to see how to make one.
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!