Books to Ease Those Back-to-School Anxieties

Whether they’re starting Nursery or Year 7, it’s completely normal for your child to feel nervous as September approaches.

We’ve put together a list of reassuring books to help show your child that despite feeling nervous, they’ll find their feet and flourish in their new environment.

A Little Bit Brave PB

A Little Bit Brave by Nicola Kinnear

It’s time for Logan’s first adventure, and he doesn’t want to go. But there’s an amazing world outside, if he can just pluck up courage to look…

This warm and reassuring picture book is ideal for every child who is anxious about new experiences.

Rocket and Groot 9x9: Little Groot, Big Feelings (with stickers)

Marvel Rocket and Groot: Little Groot, Big Feelings by Kiara Valdez

I am Groot can mean many things. I AM GROOOOOOT means that Groot is angry that he has to clean his room. I AM GROOT!! means that he’s happy to be hanging out with the other guardians.

This title is a great introduction to emotions for young children, using familiar characters and adorable illustrations to engage them in this topic.

Spreading My Wings

Spreading My Wings by Nadiya Hussain & Ella Bailey

I am a boy, and this is Rayf, my bird.

This story teaches children about being proud of who they are, and, in a sensitive and empathetic way, teaches the importance of embracing and celebrating our differences.

Meesha Makes Friends

Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival

Meesha loves making things… but there’s one thing she finds difficult to make – friends. She doesn’t know quite what to do, what to say or when to say it.

This warm and affectionate book looks at the joys and difficulties of making and keeping friends, relating to others, and finding your place in the world.

How Not to Lose It: Mental Health - Sorted.

How Not to Lose It by Anna Williamson

Exam stress? Friendship issues? Panic attacks? How Not to Lose It will help you be the boss of all of this, and more. It’s not just your body that should be fit and healthy – your mind needs to be, too!

With immediate, heart of the matter advice and a chatty yet honest tone, this book is perfect for children starting secondary school.

Fearless! How to be your true, confident self

Fearless by Liam Hackett

Fearless helps you find the confidence to be your true self.

With interviews with inspirational people, this book will show any child that they have what it takes to reach their full potential.

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