New Thematic Educator Guide: Teaching About Anxiety and Mindfulness

By Kaitlyn Spotts | January 26 2022 | GeneralHealth, Fitness, and Wellness

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2020, during the first six months of a global pandemic, the number of elementary-aged children seeking emergency services due to a mental health crisis increased 24 percent compared to the same time a year prior. Health experts had already labeled childhood anxiety a “crisis,” but the COVID-19 pandemic elevated it to emergency status. Whether this alarming increase in anxiety is caused by school stress, social media, or scary world events, it is clear that today’s children need tools to manage emotions, develop healthy identities, empathize with peers, and pursue individual goals.

The books in this text set provide simple yet effective routines elementary-aged students can use to recognize their feelings, as well as relatable characters who work towards solutions for stress. Teachers can choose one or any combination of books and strategies to use with whole-class instruction, reading circles, or independent reading as they work to build a supportive, inclusive environment where emotions matter.

Click here to download the free guide. 

My Monster and Me
978-0-593-35076-8
From the winner of The Great British Baking Show and star of Nadiya's Time to Eat comes a heartfelt story to help give children and parents the tools they need to talk about worries and anxiety.
$17.99 US
Mar 02, 2021
Hardcover
32 Pages
Viking Books for Young Readers

The Rabbit Listened
978-0-7352-2935-8
A moving and universal picture book about empathy and kindness, sure to soothe heartaches big and small—now a New York Times bestseller and a perfect gift for any special occasion
$17.99 US
Feb 20, 2018
Hardcover
40 Pages
Dial Books

Do Your Best Every Day to Do Your Best Every Day
Encouraging Words from John Cena
978-0-593-37722-2
Bestselling author and entertainer John Cena motivates and inspires readers with this illustrated book of uplifting encouragements adapted from his popular Twitter feed. The perfect gift for graduations, birthdays, and life's biggest celebrations!
$14.99 US
Apr 06, 2021
Hardcover
64 Pages
Random House Books for Young Readers

Breathe Like a Bear
30 Mindful Moments for Kids to Feel Calm and Focused Anytime, Anywhere
978-1-62336-883-8
A collection of 30 mindfulness meditations and exercises to help kids feel calm, focused, and energized wherever they are.
$15.99 US
Dec 05, 2017
Paperback
96 Pages
Rodale Kids