4 Books to Help Your Child Overcome Back-to-School Anxiety

Going back to school can be a really stressful and anxiety-inducing time for both children and parents. Children who are going back to school or going to school for the first time may experience feelings of anxiety but these are actually normal and expected during these times of transition or change. Still, this time can be stressful not only for both parent and child but for the whole family as well. Fortunately, there are a few children’s books that you can read with your child to help cope with back-to-school anxiety. Here’s a short list, with a brief description of each book.

I Don’t Want To Go To School

by A.J. Cosmo (Author, Illustrator), Ricardo Aldape (Designer)

This is a story of a little boy who does not want to go to school. He has a whole list of implausible and downright silly reasons to stay home. His mom patiently explains why his excuses are silly. She does a good job of reassuring and encouraging his son. The book is beautifully and colorfully illustrated. It is a great way of starting a discussion of small children’s fears and concerns about school. This book has received more than 160 positive reviews on Amazon as of this writing. It is recommended for children aged 3 to 8 or Grade Levels K to 2. The book is available in both Kindle eBook as well as the traditional paperback format. A free preview is available at this link.

Do I Have To Go To School?

by Maria Perez-Brown (Author), Chuck Gonzales (Illustrator)

This is an enchantingly illustrated story of a little girl who worries about the worst that can happen on her first day of school. She needs to be reassured that when they leave her at school in the morning, Mommy and Daddy will come back for her. The author is a nationally recognized leader in linear/digital media development and production. She has over 20 years experience creating Award-winning content for leading television and digital brands including ABC, CBS, Nickelodeon, and Nick Jr.

Time for School, Charlie Brown

by Maggie Testa (Adapter), Charles M. Schulz (Author), Robert Pope (Illustrator)

This Level 2 Ready-to-Read book is adapted from the popular Charlie Brown comic strips by popular cartoonist Charles M. Schulz.  In this fully-illustrated book, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang is about to start a brand-new school year. But it’s almost time for the first day of school, and Charlie Brown can’t stop worrying. Follow Charlie Brown and the Peanuts crew as he finds the confidence to quit fretting and have a great year, all while trying to win a spelling bee competition. This book is recommended for ages 5 to 7 years. It is available in Kindle eBook, hardcover, and paperback formats.

I Can Handle It

by Ms. Laurie Wright (Author)

I Can Handle ItThis book is a story of a little boy named Sebastien, and how he faces his problems with the help of a mindful mantra. He goes through different kinds of problems in various situations, and he confidently handles each problem in different ways and does not go into a meltdown or a trance. This book helps a child deal with difficult emotions and provides a tool for lifelong confidence. It equips children with the necessary skill to make it easier for them to endure or even conquer everyday anxieties that may arise in their lives. What is great about this book is that it also includes resources for both parents and teachers to help a child in overcoming anxieties. The book received an average 4.6 stars out of a perfect 5 from Amazon reviewers. It is the Number 1 bestseller on Amazon’s list of Children’s Books on Emotions and Feelings. It is available in Kindle eBook as well as in paperback format.

Here’s a video review of this book.


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