Wilma Jean the Worry Machine is a helpful resource for parents of anxious children. This book features a worrisome little girl named Wilma Jean whose life is experiencing interference due to her worries. The book normalizes the experiences of childhood anxiety while guiding both parents and children on the development of coping skills. Near the end of the book, parents have an opportunity to engage their children in a discussion activity as well as create a coping plan to address common fears and worries. Parents will appreciate the inclusion of a specific intervention to utilize at home with an anxious child. The text is a bit lengthy for younger children, but the concepts are applicable to a variety of age groups. The humorous pictures aid in keeping kids engaged in the story while illustrating the experience of anxiety and offering a different perception of the worry. Also worth checking out is a companion idea and activity book.
By: Julia Cook
Illustrated By: Anita Dufalla