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By Luciana De Luca
Illustrated by Natalí Barbani
Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: p–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

Reading Level: Lexile AD460L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773218373, 32 pages, March 2024 , 10.0" x 8.0"
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781773218397, 32 pages, March 2024


A Children's Book Book Council Spotlight selection!

A gorgeously illustrated, sparingly written story about the
often complicated feelings brought on by anxiousness, perfect for
helping young readers identify this complex emotion.

little girl in this picture book would love to dance, sing, and play
with her friends, but she is struggling with anxious feelings that get
in the way. Sometimes she feels scared and sometimes she feels shy.
Sometimes the world seems too loud, too fast, and everything is so
overwhelming she could just scream. There is no easy fix for feeling
anxious, but by the end of this story she learns to ask for help and
finds small ways to feel better.

Written from a child’s perspective, Anxious pairs
evocative art with simple text to illustrate some of the ways
anxiousness can be experienced, providing an empathetic and
compassionate framework for helping readers understand this feeling.

note to readers adds context and explains in more detail what
anxiousness can look like, provides suggestions for coping skills, and
resources for professional help.






 “This tale offers encouragement to readers experiencing similar emotions . . . Beautiful and reassuring.”

- Kirkus Reviews, 01/20/24