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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-916897-8
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Premium Color interior
    • 32 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-03-916898-5
    • 8.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Premium Color interior
    • 32 pages
  • Keywords
    • Picture book anxiety,
    • Picture book,
    • Kids mental health awareness,
    • Picture book belonging,
    • Normalizing anxiety,
    • Mindfulness for kids,
    • Educational picture book

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Anxiety Bug
by Elly Gilmore

Buzz, buzz. What’s that sound? What’s that weird, not-good feeling? When a young girl gets “bitten by the anxiety bug,” she feels confused, scared, and lonely. She worries about everything: Do the other kids not like me? Will the wind blow those trees down? Is there a monster under my bed? Am I the only one who feels this way? But she soon realizes she’s not alone. There are other bugs in the garden, just like hers! And all they really want is a little love and attention. She and her friends learn to manage their bugs by practicing things like mindfulness, deep breathing, and affirmations. Many children (and adults!) are pestered by anxiety bugs; it’s a normal part of being human. This beautifully illustrated book provides a captivating, accessible, and inclusive entry point into understanding the feeling of anxiety and how to deal with it in a healthy way.

Elly Gilmore is an artist and author who lives in the Comox Valley, B.C. She has always been creative, making art with and from anything she can find. Art is her outlet, her way of expressing what lies within (including anxiety!). While art is her primary passion, she also enjoys playing guitar and spending time with animals. Elly hopes to touch the hearts of those all around the world with her art and her message, letting everyone know they are not alone.


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