Five books about Separation Anxiety

Five books about Separation Anxiety

Apologies for missing the five books series last week. No real excuses other than life got a bit busy and I didn’t get around to scheduling a post! This week I am thrilled that Clare from Clare’s Little Tots is sharing her five books about Separation anxiety.

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Over to Clare……

Today I’m sharing 5 of my favourite books about separation anxiety in younger children. As a childminder I’ve cared for several babies and toddlers that have at some point experienced separation anxiety.

Sitting and reading is a lovely way to connect with children of all ages and when those little ones are having a tough time being away from their parents or carers these are the books I turn to:

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1 Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
This is one of my favourite books and our copy has been very well read and loved. When mummy owl goes hunting for the night her 3 baby owls anxiously await her return.

2 Going to Nursery by Catherine Anholt
This story is about a little girl called Anna who is worried about starting nursery but her mum reassures her she will love it. The story shows you what sort of things happen at nursery and she quickly makes friends with a boy called Tom. When her mum comes to pick her up she asks if she can come back again the next day.

3 See You Later, Mum! by Jennifer Norway
Another book about starting nursery but this one is ideal for older children of around 3 years plus. The book is about a little boy called William who is worried about starting preschool so his mum stays with him. He eventually makes friends with another boy who is shy and by the end of the week they can both happily wave goodbye to their mums.

4 A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon by Audrey Penn
This is another beautiful book that is suitable for younger toddlers and a great technique that I’ve actually used here with one of little ones I used to care for. Mummy raccoon leaves a kiss in the palm of the hand of her son Chester which stays there all day long to remind him he’s loved. She tells him to hold his hand to his cheeky whenever he misses her at school so it’s just like she’s right here with him.

5  You Go Away by Dorothy Corey
This is a classic board book with a simple message – you go away and you come back, when I go away I come back. It’s nice and simple for young children to understand and the repetition in the book helps to confirm that parents always come back at the end of the day.


Thanks to Clare for these fab reads – we love Owl Babies here and I’ll be sure to check out the other suggestions too!




  1. Sarah Bella
    9th December 2016 / 11:38

    Oh excellent choice of books! I’ve seen ‘See you later, mum’ in a bookstore a few weeks back, I wish I had of picked it up for my niece now, it sounds like a great book. Actually they all do! I love the covers, especially the A Kissing Hand for Chester Raccoon. Very cute! xx

  2. 9th December 2016 / 12:16

    Aww these look lovely and so useful too. These would help a preschool kid so much (and sometimes my 5 year old too!)

  3. 10th December 2016 / 12:44

    I didn’t realise they had books on this subject. I could’ve done with these at the beginning of the year when the girls were away from their dad for 2 months x

  4. 10th December 2016 / 17:33

    A really wonderful selection of books, and really useful too! Owl babies sounds like a really fab book. Thanks for sharing.

  5. 10th December 2016 / 22:07

    Aww these sound like sweet books. Perfect for learning the little ones 🙂

  6. 11th December 2016 / 15:37

    We love Owl Babies too, it is one of those books everyone should have x

  7. 11th December 2016 / 19:07

    These sound like great titles to help children over come their fears. I wish I’d have found them earlier

  8. 11th December 2016 / 20:22

    I have never read any of these book’s before. They sound great for little ones though x

  9. 12th December 2016 / 07:36

    This is a great list! As a reception teacher I often recommended Owl Babies to help with separation anxiety.


  10. 12th December 2016 / 22:50

    It’s great to know there are books out there that can help children with these sorts of topics! It’s handy to know these exist.

    Jordanne ||

  11. sarahmo3w
    13th December 2016 / 06:41

    My kids always liked Owl Babies when they were little. I love the idea of the kiss on the hand! My little nephew will be starting playgroup next year and he hates to be away from his mummy, so I will remember that one for him.

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