Book: How big are your worries little bear?
Author: Jayneen Sanders.
Illustrated by Stephanie Fizer Coleman
Age 3-8 years
It is common for children to develop anxiety. Parents play an important role in helping their children manage anxiety.
This book is about how to help children manage and overcome anxiety, stress and fearful situations.
The story is about a little bear who worries about almost everything! Will he be able to do good in school…? Will he be able to kick a goal in soccer match…? Will he be able to sleep alone, just in case there’s a monster under his bed?
How will he be able to tide over these situations?
Finally how the Mamma Bear helps him overcome his anxiety and fear is worth learning from.
Through this book the author delivers a special note to all of us as to how we as parents have to help our kids to overcome such day to day situations.
The book ends with a message that, “It’s okay to make mistakes, as making mistakes is the way to learn.”
The best part of the book is that at the end it also includes discussion questions for parents to help manage children’s anxiety.
I really liked the book and would recommend it to all parents to read it along with their children, discussing the worries and anxieties they face.
There is a series called LITTLE BIG CHATS SERIES by Jayneen Sanders (22 pages) which is meant for 2-6 years. The titles include:
Private Parts are Private: Learning private parts are private and what to do if touched inappropriately (Little Big Chats),
Consent: Introducing consent and body boundaries (Little Big Chats),
Secrets and Surprises: Learning the difference between secrets and surprises (Little Big Chats),
My Early Warning Signs: Exploring Early Warning Signs and what to do if a child experiences these signs (Little Big Chats),
My Safety Network: Introducing a Safety Network (3 to 5 trusted adults a child can go to if they feel unsafe) (Little Big Chats),
Families: Celebrating diversity in families (Little Big Chats),
Everyone is Equal: Introducing the importance of gender equality and diversity (Little Big Chats),
Around the World: Celebrating the importance of racial equality and diversity (Little Big Chats), Mindfulness: Exploring the importance of mindfulness and learning calming skills (Little Big Chats), Feelings: Understanding different feelings and emotions (Little Big Chats),
Empathy: Exploring the meaning of empathy and kindness (Little Big Chats),
I Always Try: Developing a growth mindset of resilience and persistence (Little Big Chats),
Jayneen Sanders is an award winning author and has written many books on educational and sensitive topics like empathy, gender equality, etc. which are ideal for 3-8 years
Other books that our members have and recommend are:
No Means No – the book that teaches young children about boundaries, consent and good touch, bad touch.
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept: Protect Children from Unsafe Touch by Teaching Them to Always Speak Up is also on the same topic.
My Body! What I Say Goes! Indigenous Edition: Teach Children Body Safety, Safe/Unsafe Touch, Private Parts, Secrets/Surprises, Consent, Respect
Let’s Talk About Body Boundaries, Consent and Respect: Teach children about body ownership, respect, feelings, choices and recognizing bullying behaviors
NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN US (detailed review here) on gender equality
Hey There! What’s Your Superpower?: A book to encourage a growth mindset of resilience, persistence, self-confidence, self-reliance and self-esteem – Nitya has this one and her son loved it!
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