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Allison Edwards, author of the best-selling book Why Smart Kids Worry, gives a glimpse into the ways worry whispers to young minds, and offers a powerful tool all children can use to silence those fears.

"Worry's songs tie my tummy up in knots, and the things he says make my heart beat very fast. Sometimes he speaks in a whisper, and other times his voice gets so loud I can't hear anything else."

Worry and anxiety are currently the top mental health issues among children and teens. Children have a number of worries throughout childhood that will come and go. The problem is not with the worries themselves, but that children believe the worries to be true. With a relatable story and beautiful artwork, Worry Says What? will help children (and adults) flip their thinking when anxious thoughts begin and turn them into powerful reminders of all they are capable of accomplishing.


Allison Edwards is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in working with children, adolescents, and their families. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from Northwest Missouri State and a graduate degree in Counseling from Vanderbilt University.

Before opening a private practice, Allison developed and maintained a play therapy program for at-risk and immigrant children in the public school system. In her current practice, she sees children of all ages, consults with parents, supervises counselors, and writes about childhood anxiety. She also serves as an Affiliate Professor at Vanderbilt University where she enjoys teaching future counselors how to work with kids.

Ayesha L. Rubio currently resides in London and has illustrated for national and international publishers. She has also written and illustrated four of her own titles, and has begun exploring the world of animation.


As a school counselor, helping children who worry is a big part of what I do regularly. I'm excited to now have this book as a go-to resource! With one in eight children being affected with anxiety disorders, it's important to have kid-friendly literature to help them. With its adorable illustrations, helpful storyline, and tips for adults, this book is a must-have.

Vanessa G. Allen, School Counselor

Love this book! I am a therapist that works with children and I use this book ALL the time to help explain anxiety in a way they understand. But it's so cute that I'm sure any child would love it. The artwork in it is so cute and beautiful too!

Alex, Therapist

My daughter gets in her head, she will escalate quickly when nervous. After reading this story I was able to remind her of the worry monster when she started worrying about giving a line in a play. She immediately recognized the worry monster getting bigger and we were able to have a more logical conversation about her fears and what would really happen. I'd recommend for any kids who get anxiety.


September 4
National Center for Youth Issues
National Center for Youth Issues

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